Rocky Mountain National Park publishes several brochures and periodicals. Be sure to have a PDF reader installed (like Adobe Reader) and unblock pop-ups (brochures will open in a separate window).

Trip Planning Information

Official Park Brochure (PDF 15.5M)
Includes overview of the park's history and ecosystems, information to help plan your visit, and the official park map.

Official Park Newspaper
Rocky Mountain National Park's official newspaper published seasonally.

Periódico Oficial del Parque
Park newspaper in Spanish.

Large-Print Park Brochure
Large-print version of park brochure.

Map of Rocky Mountain National Park (PDF 11M)
Map of Rocky Mountain National Park (JPEG 1M)
The official park map showing roads, trails, visitor facilities, and other features. View driving directions to the park.

Trail Ridge Road Alternate Routes (PDF 199 kb)
The high road through the park, weather permitting, is open from Memorial Day Weekend until wintry weather and heavy snows close it, usually in mid-October to early-November.

Access Rocky 2014 (PDF 413 kb)
Accessible areas and services in Rocky Mountain National Park.

International Visitors (PDF 517 kb)
Basic park information in English is translated into French and German.



View our Campgrounds webpage for detailed campground information, including campground maps.

Sprague Lake Accessible Camp (PDF 200 kb)
A wheelchair-accessible backcountry campsite is near scenic Sprague Lake.


Hiking and Climbing

Alpine Trail Guide (PDF 1.9 MB)
Hiking trails along Trail Ridge Road.

Bear Lake Summer Trail Guide (PDF 2.9 MB)
Hiking trails in the Bear Lake Area.

Bear Lake Winter Trail Guide (PDF 3.4 MB)
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the Bear Lake area.

East Side Winter Trails (PDF 367 kb)
Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little preparation, many fun activities await you.

Fall River Area Trail Guide (PDF 8.2 MB)
Hiking trails available in the Fall River area.

Kawuneeche Valley Hiking Trails (PDF 3.2 MB)
Hiking trails available in the Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of the park.

Longs Peak Area Trail Guide (PDF 785 kb)
Hiking trails available in the Longs Peak area.

Longs Peak Keyhole Route Guide (PDF 2.1 MB)
The Keyhole Route to the summit of majestic Longs Peak is not a hike. However, it is an extraordinary experience for those who come prepared.

Ski Touring & Snowshoe Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley (PDF 672 kb)
Trail information and maps.

Wild Basin Summer Trail Guide (PDF 2.8 MB)
Hiking trails available in the Wild Basin area.

Wild Basin Winter Trail Guide (PDF 757 kb)
Winter hiking and snowshoeing in the Wild Basin area.

Winter Activities (PDF 194 kb)
Sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the winter at Rocky Mountain National Park.


Other Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling (8 1/2 X 14-PDF 612 kb) offers beautiful scenery, a challenging experience, significant elevation gain and winding mountain roads. There is also heavy traffic and changeable weather, so be prepared and use extreme caution.

Fishing Information and Regulations (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 357 kb)
What is required and where to fish

Horses & Pack Animals 2014 (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 297 kb) Information about riding and camping with your horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros in Rocky Mountain National Park, including temporary closures due to the 2013 Flood. For information about the two stables located within the park and making reservations for organized rides, click here.

Technical Climbing and Bivouac Permits (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 309 kb)
Regulations for doing technical climbing and bivouacing.


Bears and You! (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 735 kb)
Seeing a wild bear is an unforgettable experience! Black bears eat, sleep, and live here. Will you help protect Rocky's black bears?

Bus Tours (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 290 kb)
Health and safety for professional bus tours.

Lightning (8 1/2 x 11 -PDF 252 kb) How to deal with thunderstorm and lightning conditions in the high country.

Ticks (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 280 kb)
Information about ticks in Rocky Mountain National Park including how to avoid and manage tick encounters.

Vapor Lock ( 8 1/2 x 11-PDF 396 kb)
Gas vaporizes at a lower temperature at this elevation and may cause the flow of gas to your car's engine to slow down or even stop.

Park History

Archaeology (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 360 kb)
Colorado has been the home to prehistoric Indians since the end of the last Ice Age.

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center & Headquarters Building (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 499 kb)

This structure designed by Tom Casey of Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright's firm) is a National Historic Landmark.

Park Resources

Alpine Tundra (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 879 kb)
Over one-third of Rocky Mountain National Park is alpine tundra.

Aspen Beauty (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 460 kb)
The beauty of this deciduous tree adds diversity and color to the tree population of the park.

Fish, Amphibians & Reptiles Checklist (8 1/2 x 11 -PDF 238 kb) What fish are native or introduced in Rocky Mountain National Park and what amphibians and reptiles can be found here.

Flood! (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 927 kb)
The Big Thompson flood of 1976 and the Lawn Lake flood of 1982.

Geology (8 1/2 x 14 -PDF 357 kb)
Discover the history of the geology of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mountain Pine Beetles (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 1.3 mb)
Why are there so many brown trees?

Night Sky (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 231 kb)
Astronomy in Rocky Mountain National Park

Watching Wildlife (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 658 kb)
One of the highlights of a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park is viewing the wildlife.

Weather and Climate (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 547 kb)
Weather and climate are not the same thing. Information about these conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Support Your Park

Are you an artist? Learn more about pursuing your artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape.

Volunteer (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 475 kb)
Rocky Mountain National Park's volunteer program is one of the largest and most extensive in the National Park Service. For more information about volunteering, click here.

Last updated: January 8, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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