• A translucent blanket of clouds hangs over the snowy continental divide above Bear Lake Road. NPS Photo by VIP Olsen

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Things To Know Before You Come

Snow-topped mountains framed by deep blue skies greet you as you enter Rocky Mountain National Park. One of this nation's most breathtaking landscapes is laid out before you, but how do you get around? Do you drive the roads, should you take one of the shuttle buses to your desired location, or maybe both? Getting around will certainly be one of your first considerations. Become familiar with the town and park's shuttle system before arriving so you can plan your activities to make the best use of this free transportation system. Mountain driving places additional demands on vehicles. By following a few guidelines, you can safely navigate the park's higher altitudes and steep roadways.


Although you are about to enter a natural wonderland and experience wilderness on a grand scale, remember you are a guest here. Your safety depends on knowing the risks involved in visiting a natural environment. Here rapid weather changes, wildlife, hypothermia, lightning, animal transmitted diseases, high elevation sickness and other hazards can turn an enjoyable vacation into a traumatic experience. Knowing ahead of time what safety issues might be encountered and how to deal with them will make your vacation more enjoyable and safe.

Check ahead for any specific area closures or other conditions and closures in the park that might affect your vacation goals. Know the laws and policies that might affect your visit. Perhaps the goods and services listed here may be what you're looking for to complete your plans. If you bring a pet, read carefully the park's pet policy so both you and your pet will have an enjoyable Rocky Mountain experience. Your National Park Service is committed to making your parks available to all visitors. If someone in your party has accessibility needs, check for a list of trails, campgrounds and facilities within the park that caters to their needs.


Plant and animal viewing vary with the seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park. The park beckons you all year long. A glance at featured plants and animals will give you a glimpse of what you might see on this trip and a future trip.

Your trip is about to begin and you have done your research, but there is something you can never be prepared for and that is your first wilderness experience. Nearly 250,000 acres of this park are designated as a Wilderness area and you are about to experience the wonders of a place where nature, solitude, and preservation reign supreme. Come to a place called Rocky Mountain National Park.

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