Bicycling in Rocky Mountain National Park is a breathtaking experience. To protect yourself, others, and the park, review and follow the rules and suggestions on this page. Have a fun, safe ride!
Each bicyclist is required to have a 1- or 7-Day "per person" pass or be covered under an annual or lifetime pass, which covers the owner and up to three additional cyclists. Passes require photo identification to verify ownership.
1-Day Pass - Automobile - $25.00
Valid for date of purchase. Covers single, non-commercial vehicle with 16 or fewer passengers. Purchase online.
7-Day Pass - Automobile - $35.00
Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Covers single, non-commercial vehicle with 16 or fewer passengers. Purchase online.
7-Day Pass - Per Person - $20.00
Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups.
7-Day Pass - Motorcycle - $30.00
Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Covers one motorcycle.
Rules of the Road
To obtain a permit, contact the Concessions Management Specialist at 970 586-1209.
A Special Use Permit is required when any of these conditions exist:
Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road
Trail Ridge Road is a paved highway that crosses the park from east to west. Elevations range from 7,800–12,183 feet, with 11 miles above treeline (see elevation profile below). Road shoulders are narrow, guardrails are few, and some drop-offs are steep. Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road remain open to bicycles April 1 to November 30 (except during maintenance and emergency closures). However, the road is only maintained and regularly patrolled from Memorial Day weekend until the first major snow in mid-autumn. Use at your own risk.
Other Park Roads
Bicycles are prohibited on all trails and on the Grand Ditch Road.
Bicycles are permitted on all roads open to motor vehicles (paved and dirt) unless otherwise posted. Roads are narrow with few or no shoulders and no designated bicycle lanes, so ride with care.
After autumn road closures:
Lodging, Rentals, and Facilities
There is no lodging in the park, and camping is allowed only in campgrounds. Bicycles are not available for rent in the park. Lodging and bicycle rental, repair, sales, and tours are available in nearby communities.
There are bike racks at visitor centers but no bike racks on shuttle buses. At trailheads, if no bike rack is available, cyclists may carry their bike into the woods and lock it to something out of sight (like a tree) as long as no harm is done to that object. Cyclists may not lock bikes to signs or trailhead bulletin boards.
If you plan to leave your bike overnight, you must get a dash tag from the Wilderness Office and tape it to your bike. Items left over 24 hours are considered abandoned. Permits are required for all overnight wilderness camping.
The park assumes no liability for bikes or other property left unattended.
Safety is your responsibility. Cycle at your own risk.
Be Prepared for Steep and Narrow Roads
Watch Out for Drivers
Be Prepared for Mountain Weather
Wear the Right Clothing and Gear
Always Carry Food and Water
Remember: You're at Altitude
Don't Count on Cell Phones
Last updated: July 18, 2017