To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park has seven visitor centers located throughout the park, each offering information and resources to help you craft an amazing park adventure. Hours and services vary for each center and by season.
The busiest and most famous visitor center in the park, Beaver Meadows is open 362 days a year, and is located just before the southeast entrance to the park on Highway 36. At this center, you can watch a short video on the park (every half hour), interact will real park rangers, purchase gifts and guidebooks, and get your little ones started on the Junior Ranger Program. The center opened in 1967 and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture firm. The center has handicapped-accessible and family restrooms available.
Located at the northeast entrance to Rocky along Highway 34, the Fall River Visitor Center features welcome information, on-site rangers and a special hands-on exhibit. The shops near the center offer a restaurant and gift shop. Fall River offers handicapped-accessible and family restrooms.
At 11,796 feet, the Alpine Visitor Center is a favorite stop for summer and early fall travelers. Located at the top of Trail Ridge Road, this center is home to breathtaking views of the alpine tundra. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the nation. The center's services include ranger information, tundra exhibits and viewing scopes - as well as a gift shop and café. Wheelchair-accessible and vault restrooms are available at the Alpine Center. This center is open only when Trail Ridge Road is open. The status of Trail Ridge Road can be found here or by calling 970-586-1222.
Additional information about these Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers can be found at the official Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Center webpage.
Learn about the Estes Park Visitor Center and services in our Maps and Information section.