Plan Your Summer Trip to Rocky

View from Rock Cut
View of the Rocky Mountains


Summer is a great time to experience all of the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park, from the forest floor and open meadows of the montane life zone, climbing in elevation to the alpine lakes and up to the top of the Continental Divide and the Alpine Tundra. The elevation in Rocky spans from below 8,000 feet to over 14,000 feet above sea level. With many diverse ecosystems found in the park, there is something for everyone to discover.

Summer trips to Rocky do take advance planning. Rocky Mountain National Park is a busy park, with over 4.3 million people visiting in 2021. Most park visitors come between May and October.

Learn about how to plan your summer trip to Rocky:

Infographic showing a QR code and details on the Timed Entry Permit Reservation System

Timed Entry Permits Required 5/27-10/10

Get ready to visit Rocky Mountain National Park this summer

Learn about shuttle and public transit

Shuttles and Public Transit

Learn about the Hiker Shuttle, Rocky's In-Park Shuttle Routes, and Public Transit

A crowd of people at Forest Canyon Overlook

Tips for Navigating Crowds

Rocky is busy during the spring and summer. Learn how to prepare for your visit.

A Rocky Mountain National Park Map is sitting on a wooden bench

Park Maps and Brochures

Park Maps and Brochures

A view of Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire in 2020

Fire Information and Conditions

Fire Information and Conditions

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Climbing Safety

Climbing Safety

Trail Ridge Road_May 2022


Take a Scenic Drive on Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuously paved road in North America. Click here to learn more about driving on Trail Ridge Road


Things to Do with Families of All Ages

Fishing at Mills Lake
Fishing at Mills Lake


Going Fishing?

Fishing is fun for all ages.Click here to learn more about Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: September 15, 2022

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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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