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.
Not only does Estes Park have plenty of outdoor and sports adventures to keep you active, it also has the gear you need-for sale or for rent. Whatever you desire-a new pair of hiking boots, a fly rod or carabineers-a slew of outdoors and sporting goods shops are ready to outfit you. Some specialize in a particular activity, such as fishing, meaning not only can you walk out with a set of waders, bait or flies, but also reservations for a guided fishing trip. Often the salespeople participate in the sports, too, so they're excellent advisors on where to go and what to do.
In fact, do you want to try something new? Gear shops can help. Look to them for bike, ski/snowboard, or snowshoe rentals. Also, most stores are open year-round, which is ideal if you didn't pack a light jacket during summer or left your winter gloves at home. Even if you don't think you need anything, you'll find something-the latest gadget or piece of technical apparel-to add to your arsenal of outdoors equipment. For gear junkies, Estes Park's sporting goods and outdoors shops are nirvana.
For more information on professionally-led adventures, see our Guided Excursions section.