Plan Your Fall Trip to Rocky

Fall Colors seen along Trail Ridge Road
Fall Colors seen on the hills along Bear Lake Road

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Late September and early October is a magical time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.


Take a scenic drive on Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake Road and enjoy the colorful transition of the aspen leaves as they change from green to gold, orange, and red. Safely watch wildlife from a distance and listen to the incredible sounds of bugeling elk during mating season.

There is something for everyone to enjoy during the fall season in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 
Infographic set on a blue field with white text "Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry System"

Learn About Timed Entry Permits

Learn about RMNP's Timed Entry Permit System

The Hiker Shuttle is picking up passengers

Shuttles and Public Transit

The Hiker Shuttle is picking up passengers

A large bull elk is seen with cow elk in a meadow during Elk Rut

Safe Wildlife Viewing

A large bull elk is seen with cow elk in a meadow during Elk Rut

Stormy clouds gather over the rocky mountains

What's the Weather Like?

Stormy clouds gather over the rocky mountains

An elk walks behind an "Area Closed" poster.

Area Closures to Protect Wildlife

In order to protect park resources, certain areas of the park may close - Learn more about these closures.

Snow is seen along the Tundra around Trail Ridge Road

Know Before You Go - Park Roads

Learn about the status of park roads

Learn why leaves change color in fall

Learn About Why Leaves Change Color

Did you ever wonder why the leaves of aspen, maple, and other deciduous tress and shrubs change color in the autumn?

Last updated: September 28, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park , CO 80517

Phone:

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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