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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 lady rangers in 1960s National Park Service uniform,a photo of lady rangers in 1960s National Park Service uniform

These women, pictured in the 1960s National Park Service uniform, are rangers not flight attendants.