• Photo of the continental divide blanketed in snow. NPS Photo by VIP Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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  • Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage

    Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »

  • Impacts from September 2013 Flood

    Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »

Plan Your Visit

visitors at overlook credit NPS photo by Debbie Biddle
A well planned visit is rewarded!
NPS/Debbie Biddle

No matter what the season, visits to the stunning wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park require planning and preparation. Here are some tips to ensure a great visit:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round. Visitors can enter or exit any time.
  • Summer is the busiest time of year.
  • No lodging is available inside the park, but hundreds of accommodations are located in nearby communities.
  • Camping reservations inside the park and lodging reservations in gateway communities are highly recommended.
  • This is a high elevation park. Trail Ridge Road crests over 12,000 feet. Visitors from lower altitudes can experience the effects of thinner air, as less oxygen is available. Take time to acclimate before undertaking strenuous activities.
  • Upon arrival, stop by one of the park visitor centers for up-to-date information on everything from road conditions to hiking trails and ranger-led programs.

Did You Know?

a photo of gneiss (a metamorphic rock)

The oldest rocks in the park are metamorphic (biotite schist and gneiss) estimated at 1.7 billion years old, making them some of the oldest rocks within the National Park System.