Visitor Info, Data & Facts
Directions & Operating hours
Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The visitor centers are open less often.
From Denver and the east, take U.S. routes 34 or 36 through Estes Park, Colorado
From west or south, take I-70 to U.S. Rt. 40., then to U.S. Rt.34 through Granby and Grand Lake
See the park website for operating hours of the Visitor Center, the current weather conditions, road closures, directions, etc.
Further below under "WebLinks" you can find the official Website of the Park ...
Using Rocky Mountain National Park’s free shuttle bus service enables you to access many destination and loop hikes along the Bear Lake Road corridor while enjoying the beautiful scenery without the distraction and hassle of traffic congestion and limited parking. Shuttle buses run between many trailheads, Moraine Park Museum, and Moraine Park and Glacier Basin Campgrounds.
Hiker Shuttle Between Town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park:
The Rocky Mountain National Park and Town of Estes Park express route known as the "Hiker Shuttle" will run from the Town of Estes Park Visitors Center to the park’s Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and continue to the Park & Ride. The Hiker Shuttle will operate daily from June 30 through September 3 on an hourly schedule. The Hiker Shuttle will operate on weekends only during the remainder of September. The first bus will leave the Town of Estes Park Visitors Center at 6:30 a.m. and the last bus will leave the Park & Ride bound for Estes Park at 8:00 p.m. on all scheduled days. A park pass will be required to board the bus. Passes can be purchased at automated fee machines located at the Estes Park Visitors Center and the park’s Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Campers who are staying at Moraine Park Campground and Glacier Basin Campground can also utilize this route to go to Estes Park, leaving their cars and/or RVs behind in these park campgrounds. The last bus of the day that returns to the park will leave the Estes Park Visitors Center at 7:30 p.m.
Fees & reservations
Seven Day Entrance Fee: Passenger Cars: $20
Consider to buy a 1-year National Park Pass which saves you money if you visit more National Parks during the year. Please see our link under "Related Topics" where you find more information.
Lodging is available in the nearby town of Estes Park where the East Entrance is situated. Please see our link under "Related Topics".
There are five drive-in campgrounds and one drive-in group camping area in the park.
Two campgrounds, Moraine Park and Glacier Basin, take reservations, as does the group-camping area.
Other park campgrounds are first-come, first-served,
Two park campgrounds, Moraine Park and Glacier Basin, accept
peak-season reservations (May 25 through mid-September).
Call (877) 444-6777 to make National Park camping reservations
up to 6 months prior to your visit. Internet reservations can
be made at recreation.gov, see link further below.
Camping at the park’s other
campgrounds —Aspenglen, Longs Peak, and Timber Creek— is
first come, first served and they fill on most summer days.
There are no electric, water or sewer hookups at any camp sites.
The water is turned off in the winter at all year-round campgrounds.
Drinking water is available at entrance stations and open visitor centers.
Reservations: available online via Recreation.gov, see link below.
Backcountry Camping Permits
Permits are required for all backcountry overnight camping.
Camping is allowed only in designated sites and areas.
Summer permits, after May 1 require a $20 administrative fee.
Permits may be obtained at the Beaver Meadows Backcountry
Office or Kawuneeche Visitor Center. For further information
write to: Backcountry Office, Rocky Mountain National Park,
Estes Park, Colorado 80517 or phone (970) 586-1242.
Most of Rocky Mountain National Park's visitors arrive during the summer months. Camping reservations inside the park and lodging reservations in resort communities.
Elevation is an integral part of the park experience. As the park is all above 7,500 feet, take time to acclimate before undertaking strenuous activities. Even driving at high elevation can affect sensitive individuals. Altitude sickness symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat and insomnia. If symptoms persist, depart for lower elevation.