Area Closures to Protect Plants & Animals
For information on road and trail status, visit our Conditions and Closures page.
In order to protect the park's resources, the Superintendent may close certain areas of the park. These closures take place throughout the year. Some areas may be closed for weeks or months and some areas in the park are closed year round. This is not an all inclusive list of closures in Rocky Mountain National Park. Closure notices are posted throughout the park. Stop in at a park visitor center to receive updated closure information.
Entering closed areas is a violation of 36 CFR 1.5. Violators are subject to a fine of $5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
Elk Rut Closures-- September 1st through October 31st
NPS Photo/Debbie Biddle
Tundra Protection Areas are designated to restrict use and protect fragile alpine tundra from damage caused by heavy, concentrated foot travel. Off-trail hiking is prohibited within 100 yards of the trails and parking lots in these areas unless otherwise designated. The six designated Tundra Protection Areas are described below:
Lumpy Ridge Raptor Closures
Each year, from approximately March 1 through July 31, Rocky Mountain National Park initiates temporary closures in certain areas of the park to ensure birds of prey (raptors) will be undisturbed during their breeding and nesting seasons.
Closure notices will also be posted at key access points in the park.
As breeding and nesting data are collected, additional closures may be necessary, or closures may be lifted.
Twin Owls, Rock One, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Lightning Rock, Checkerboard Rock, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Alligator Rock, and Sheep Mountain are currently OPEN.
When closed, the closures include the named rock formations and the areas surrounding the base of the formation. This includes all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber's access trails to the formation.
Areas not listed above are presumed to be open. These closures will be lifted or extended as conditions dictate.
Click here for a printable poster of the closures.
Bald Eagle Closure
Colorado River--Closed mid-November through mid-March
Your cooperation in obeying this closure is appreciated and required by federal regulations. Violators will be fined and prosecuted.
NPS Photo/John Marino
Bighorn Sheep Closures--Year Round
In addition, the Specimen Mountain Trail and adjacent area is closed beginning at the trailhead on Trail Ridge Road and extending to “The Crater.” Signs indicate additional closures. This closure occurs annually from approximately May 1 through August 1, but may be extended. Area open for the season.
Further, the area west from “The Crater” overlook along the ridgeline to Shipler Mountain is closed. Signs indicate additional closures. This closure occurs annually from approximately May 1 through August 15, but may be extended.
Did You Know?
The oldest person to summit Longs Peak was Rev. William Butler, who climbed it on September 2, 1926, his 85th birthday. In 1932, Clerin “Zumie” Zumwalt summited Longs Peak 53 times.