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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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Planning Checklist

Two Months Ahead
  • Decide who is going on the trip
  • Decide when and where you are going
  • Outline your hiking route
  • Call Backcountry Office (970-586-1242) for likely snow, trail, or campsite conditions at time of trip
  • Call or write for reservations or permits for campsites:

Backcountry Office
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 U.S. Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
970-586-1242

  • Check permit regulations
  • Order maps and guidebooks and compass
  • Begin breaking in new boots

Three Weeks Ahead

  • Confirm group gear with hiking partners
  • Go over checklist of backpacking gear
  • Make sure your gear works and replace or repair
  • Plan your menu

One-Two Weeks Ahead

  • Buy and repackage food

Days Before

  • Pack gear, checking each piece off list as it enters the pack
  • Verify departure plans with hiking partners
  • Give a copy of itinerary and return time to a friend or relative

Day of Trip

  • Recheck gear when you meet with your group
  • Stop at Backcountry Office for permit and current backcountry information
  • Permit cannot be issued without license plate number(s)
  • Put car keys in safe place; give a duplicate to your hiking companion.
  • Head for backcountry and have a great time

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Did You Know?

a photo of a hiker below the Diamond on Longs Peak

The one way length of the East Longs Peak Trail is 7.5 miles. Average time for a round trip is 12 hours. More...