Visitor Info

The quintessential beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is showcased in 416 square miles, including 265,769 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park wilderness. Unrivaled, breathtaking sites can be found throughout the national park. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the summit of Longs Peak, visitors can experience a variety of Colorado landscapes and adventures. It's hard to choose just one reason to love Rocky Mountain National Park.

With 355 miles of maintained trails and 35 trailheads, more than 150 lakes, and 476 miles of creeks and streams, Rocky Mountain National Park is ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, and observing wildlife in its natural habitat. And with 5 drive-in campgrounds with 585 campsites and 200 backcountry campsites throughout the park, it's also perfect for staying the night.

Since the park boasts 900 species of plants, 281 types of birds, and 60 species of mammals, you'll never run out of wildlife to observe. Don't forget your camera when you visit—you won't wan to miss capturing an osprey, a broadtail hummingbird, a mountain bluebird, a peregrine falcon, a moose, a bighorn sheep, a mule deer, a black bear, or one of Rocky Mountain National Park's 3,000 elk!

Participate in free, ranger-led programs, or explore the magnificence of the park at your own pace. Or take a drive on the highest, continuous paved road in the United States over the Continental Divide: Trail Ridge Road, which connects Grand Lake to Estes Park and reaches 12,183 feet in elevation. Whatever you do, find your own secret places throughout the park to make your own memories.

Operating Hours and Seasons

Averaging about 3 million visitors per year, Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, weather permitting.

Summer is the busiest time of the year, with July being the busiest month. In fact, July 2015 set a monthly visitation record of 858,462 visitors, with an average of 27,700 visitors each day. February is the least busy month for visitors, and July sees ten times more visitors than February.

Fees & Passes

For a nominal fee, visitors can have access to the park for a full day or for a full week. Passes are available at Rocky Mountain National Park entrance stations. View the National Park Service website for current automobile, person, and motorcycle rates as well as current campground fees.

Directions & Transportation

Whether you are an out of state visitor, or you're coming in from Denver, it's easy to find your way into the park. Visitors can arrive by plane, train, bus, public transportation, or by car. Don't forget to check road conditions before traveling to the park. Visit the National Park Service website for more information of transportation and directions.

Learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park from the National Park Service.

Biking

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With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet to 12,183 feet, Rocky Mountain National Park has biking trails for all levels. For a nominal fee of $10/bicycle, visitors can ride any of the 60 miles of hard-surfaced bike roads throughout the park. …

Camping

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Rocky Mountain National Park has established five drive-in campgrounds with 585 campsites, and there are about 200 additional backcountry campsites available to visitors. For more information about camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, visit the National Park Service website. Located on the Western side of the park, Timber Creek Campground offers 98 campsites located along the Colorado River in the…

Hiking

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Whether your group wants to summit a mountain or get up close and personal with waterfalls, Rocky Mountain National Park boasts some of the best hiking in the Rockies. With about 535 miles of maintained trails and 35 trailheads, you'll have to come back again and again to conquer every trail. For some of the top suggested lake hikes, waterfall hikes, and summit hikes, visit the National Park Service…

Maps

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With so much raw wilderness, visitors should always make sure that they know their way around. Check out some of the maps below to orient yourself before embarking on your next Rocky Mountain National Park adventure.

Sightseeing & Attractions

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Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the most breathtaking sights in the area. From wildlife viewing to scenic drives and everything in between, visitors will never run out of things to see and experience. According to the National Park Service, wildlife viewing is rated the number-one activity by Rocky Mountain National Park visitors. It's no wonder: With 281 types of birds and 60 species of…

Visitors Centers

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With visitor centers throughout the park, it's easy to take advantage of all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. Watch park films, learn about wildlife, buy gifts, pick up maps, use the facilities, and more! Spring and Fall Hours (after Labor Day): 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. dailySummer Hours: 9:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. dailyAmenities: restrooms, gifts, educationPhone Number: 970-586-1206Location:…

Park Stories & Inspiration

Rocky Mountain Winter Itinerary

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Winter Activities in RMNP

As the first flakes of snow start to fall in the high country, Rocky Mountain National Park turns into a winter wonderland. The chilly conditions drive many casual tourists away, leaving ample room for the real winter enthusiasts to roam around the park and take advantage of the open space and fresh packs. There's so much to do this winter in Rocky Mountain National Park, so make sure you check off…

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