Be A Junior Ranger

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Earn a Badge and Become a Junior Ranger

Junior Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park have fun discovering the natural world, while learning about why we need to protect the special treasures found in our National Parks. We need the help of all our rangers to keep Rocky preserved and protected for many more years to come. Pick up a free Junior Ranger activity booklet at any visitor contact station, discover the park, and become a ranger by earning your badge today! There are 3 different activity book for ages 5 and under, 6-8, and 9 and up.

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Junior Ranger Headquarters is a Place Just for Kids!

Join a ranger-led program, complete your Junior Ranger book, and earn a badge all in one place.

Junior Ranger Headquarters is located at Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park along Trail Ridge Road, approximately 7 miles from the Fall River and Beaver Meadows entrances to the park.

When is Junior Ranger Headquarters Open?

Did you know you can still become a Junior Ranger in the winter?

Beginning on Friday, January 20, 2023 through April 1, Park Rangers will be at Hidden Valley on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Park Rangers will have Junior Ranger books and badges and much more. Junior Rangers of all ages can learn about winter ecology, animal track identification, and winter safety tips.
  • Park Rangers will have explorer bags to loan to families that want to do some winter explorations on their own. Each bag has a card that will lead you through several investigations. Each bag includes a hand magnifying glass for taking a closer look at the snow, a pair of binoculars for looking up high in the trees, and a thermometer for checking the snow, air and soil temperatures.
  • When you group is done with your explorer bag investigations, please return the bag to the rangers and tell them about your adventures.

All activities are free. A parent or adult must be present with children at all times.


Digital Junior Ranger Booklets

For English-language versions:

For Spanish-language versions:


Other Fun Activities

Coloring Book Pages

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A Big Thank You to Our Park Partner

Rocky Mountain Conservancy, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's park partners, provides funding to support the Junior Ranger Program.

This program, and many other park projects like it, would not be possible without donations to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

Last updated: January 17, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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