Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Sweeping Vistas at the Alpine Visitors Center in Rocky Mountain National Park

Alpine Visitors Center

The National Park System's highest Visitor Center is an attraction all on its own.

Located at the top of Old Fall River Road, and just a mile from the highest point of Trail Ridge Road, the Alpine Visitor Center is truly the Visitor Center in the sky. Offering sweeping views of the valleys below, along with access to the alpine tundra, it's truly otherworldly to be among the peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.

There is food and drink, along with souvenirs available for purchase at the Alpine Visitor Center, plus a short alpine-tundra trail that'll make you feel on top of the world because you're not far off. The Alpine Visitor Center is only accessible part of the year (generally about Memorial Day to sometime in October) based on the seasonal opening and closing of Trail Ridge Road.