Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Information

Rocky Mountain National Park Location Larimer, Grand, & Boulder counties, Colorado, USA
Rocky Mountain National Park Nearest city Estes ParkNearest city: Estes Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Coordinates 40°24′0″N 105°35′0″W
Rocky Mountain National Park Area 265,769 acres (1,075.53 km²)
Rocky Mountain National Park Established January 26, 1915 Established: January 26, 1915
Rocky Mountain National Park Visitors 2,991,528 (in 2009)
Rocky Mountain National Park Governing body National Park Service

Rocky Mountain National Park Fees & Reservations

  • Rocky Mountain National Park Individual Entrance Fees
    Automobile: $20
    Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds: $10 per person
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Passes
    • Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass--A $40
    • Rocky Mountain National Park - $50
    • National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass - An $80
    • National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass. - A $10
    • National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass - A Free lifetime pass for U.S.A. citizens
    • National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Volunteer Pass–A Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Commercial Tour Fee
    • 1-6 people - $25.00
    • 7-15 - $75.00
    • 16-25 - $100.00
    • 26 & over - $200.00
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Groups & Organizations
    Vehicles with capacities of 15 or more and educational fee waivers, are charged $10 per person over 15 years of age.

Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Centers

Visitor Center Name Session Between Location
Alpine Visitor Center 2010 Season-Open daily May 28 - Ocober 11,
May 28 to June 19, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
June 20 to September 6 (Labor Day), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
September 7 to October 11 (Columbus Day), 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At Fall River Pass at the junction of Trail Ridge and Old Fall River road
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

Open Year-round (Closed Christmas Day)

Open daily

October 25, 2009 to  April 24, 2010, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 25 to June 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
June 20 to August 28, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 29 to September 6 (Labor Day), 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 7 to October 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 24 to early spring 2011, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On U.S. Route 36, three miles from the town of Estes Park
Corral Creek Information Station Closed
Fall River Visitor Center

Open All Year

Through April 25, open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 25 to October 23, open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On U.S.A. Route 34, five miles from west of the town of Estes Park, near at the Fall River Entrance to the park
Holzwarth Historic Site NA `On USA Rt 34, about seven miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance Station.
Kawuneeche Visitor Center

Open All Year (Closed Christmas Day)

Open daily

September 27, 2009 to  May 1, 2010, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm
May 2 to June 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 20 to September 6 (Labor Day), 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.
September 8 to September 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 26 to early spring 2011, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

One mile from north of the town of Grand Lake on U.S.A. Route 34 at the entrance to the park
Moraine Park Visitor Center April 24 & 25, open, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 1 to June 19, open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 20 to September 6 (Labor Day), open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 7 to October 11 (Columbus Day), open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October 13 to  early spring 2011, closed.
Off the Bear Lake Road, 1 1/2 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance.
Sheep Lakes Information Station 2010 Season-Open daily May 15 - August 14
May 15 to August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NA
     

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking

Rocky Mountain National Park Lake Hikes
Destination Trail Head Distance Difficulty
Bear Lake Bear Lake 0.6 mile-loop Easy
Cub Lake Cub Lake 2.3 miles Moderate
Mills Lake Glacier Gorge 2.8 miles Moderate
Bluebird Lake Wild Basin 6 miles Strenuous

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Waterfall Hikes
Destination Trail Head Distance Difficulty
Adams Falls East Inlet 0.3 Easy
Alberta Falls Glacier Gorge Jct 0.6 Easy
Cascade Falls North Inlet 3.5 Moderate
Ouzel Falls Wild Basin 2.7 Moderate
Timberline Falls Glacier Gorge Jct 4.0 Strenuous

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Summit Hikes
Destination Trail Head Distance Difficulty
Deer Mountain Deer Ridge Jct 3.0 Moderate
Twin Sisters Peaks Twin Sisters 3.7 Moderate
Flattop Mountain Bear Lake 4.4 Strenuous
Mount Ida Milner Pass 4.5 Moderate

Rocky Mountain National Park Picnicking

East Side Tables FireGrates Portable Grills * Toilets
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 4 0    
Big Thompson/Kaley cottages 2 0    
Copeland Lake     Yes  
Endovalley 32 30 Yes Vault toilets
Hidden Valley 4 tables in pavilion, scattered tables on hillside 0 Yes Flush restrooms open all summer and winter weekends
Hollowell Park 7 0 Yes Vault toilets
Lawn Lake Trailhead 3 0   Vault toilets
Lawn Lake Horse Ramp 2 0    
Lily Lake 2 0 No Vault toilet
Lily Lake group picnic area 12 0    
Longs Peak ranger station 7 0   Vault toilet
Park & Ride 0     Vault toilet
Prospect Canyon 2 0    
Prospect Canyon south 1 0    
Sprague Lake 27 16 Yes Summer flush toilets. Winter vault toilets
Tuxedo Park 2 + 5  or 6  by the stream 0 Yes  
Upper Beaver Meadows 10 6 Yes Vault toilet
West Alluvial Fan 8 0 Yes Vault toilet
Wild Basin Trailhead 8 0 Yes Vault toilets

 

West Side Tables FireGrates Portable Grills * Toilets
Beaver Creek 4 4 No  
Beaver Ponds 6 6 Yes  
Bowen/Baker 3 0 Yes Vault toilets
Colorado River 6 4 Yes Vault toilets
Coyote Valley 7 0 No  
Harbison Meadows 4 4 Yes  
Holzwarth Historic Site 3 0 Yes Vault toilets
Kawuneeche Visitor Center 6 6 No Flush toilets at Visitor Center
Lake Irene 8 8 Yes  
Timber Lake Trailhead 8 8 Yes Vault toilets

Rocky Mountain National Park Fishing

Possession Limit: 8 fish, 6 must be brook Trout

Species Possession Limit Length
Rainbow, Brown, Colorado River Cutthroat,
Non-native Cutthroat
2 10" or more
Greenback Cutthroat Trout 0 (Catch-and-Release-ONLY)
Brook Trout 6 (8 if no other species are possessed) any size
Additional Brook Trout Bonus 10 8" or less


Closed Waters: (No Fishing Allowed)

Bear Lake - in let and out let streams, extending 200 yards downstream
Bench Lake and Ptarmigan Creek - above War Dance Falls
Hunters Creek - above Wild Basin Ranger Station, as posted
Lake Nanita Outlet - downstream 100 yards
South Fork Poudre River - above Pingree Park
Upper Columbine Creek - above 9,000 feet
Lily Lake - east shore May-June

Rocky Mountain National Park Hotels & Lodging

Hotel / Lodge Name Rent Per Night
Moraine Park NA
Elk Creek Campground and RV Park
NA
Winding River Resort NA
Longs Peak NA
Estes Park Campground NA
Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort NA
Timber Creek Campground $17 Avg. price/night