Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public input on a proposed $15 expanded amenity fee to provide voluntary fast pass automated gate transponders to interested visitors with valid annual or lifetime passes.
History of RMNP's Fast Pass Lane
In 2004, Rocky Mountain National Park constructed a fast pass lane at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and in 2011, an additional fast pass lane was installed at the Grand Lake Entrance. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the only national parks that has a fast pass lane for visitors. Visitors who purchased an annual park pass or lifetime pass were able to use their pass to operate the automated gate.
However, in 2019, the National Park Service modified the format of annual and lifetime passes. The new national passes are not compatible with the park’s existing fast pass gate system technology and the fast pass gate has not been operational since 2019.
To Submit a Comment on this Proposal
Public engagement is an important part of the park’s planning process. Rocky Mountain National Park is accepting public comments from July 1 to July 31, 2022, on the proposed voluntary expanded amenity fee.
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Please be advised, before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. Although you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions on RMNP's Proposal for Expanded Amenity Fee for Transponder Device
In 2019, the National Park Service modified the format of annual and lifetime passes. The new passes are not compatible with RMNP’s existing gate system technology and the fast pass gate has not been operational for the last few years.
No. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the only national parks that has a fast pass lane for park visitors.
A transponder is a small, credit card-sized device that attaches to the window of your vehicle. This transponder sends a signal to the park’s entrance gate to open the automatic gate arm.
When a new transponder is purchased, it is programmed to work with the entrance gates at RMNP.
Currently, due to construction projects at the other major entrances, the only gate where the transponder can be used initially will be on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, at the Beaver Meadows Entrance.
The pass lane can be used by valid passholders (lifetime pass holders, annual pass holders, etc.) and inholders, outside of any pilot timed entry permit reservation system times, who have purchased a transponder that works with the gate.
No. When the park’s pilot Timed Entry Permit Reservations are in effect, the fast pass gate is not operational.
If Rocky Mountain National Park moves forward with this proposal, the park would anticipate initiating transponder sales late spring of 2023. The fast pass lane would be operational during time frames outside of pilot Timed Entry Permit windows.
No. Only one transponder may be purchased per valid annual or lifetime pass. However, if a household has multiple pass holders, each pass holder may purchase one transponder.
No. The transponder is affixed to a vehicle’s windshield and is not removable or transferrable.
The estimated $15 expanded amenity fee for the transponder is the cost recovery of the actual equipment, programming, and processing. RMNP will not provide fast pass lane services without recovering these costs.
The transponder will be programmed for up to one year from the purchase date of the transponder. For lifetime passholders and inholders, transponders will only be valid for one year.
Annual pass holders, lifetime pass holders, and inholders.
No, the transponder is only available to valid annual and lifetime pass holders.
Last updated: July 1, 2022