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2022 Commuter Permit Program

What is a Commuter Permit?

A Commuter Permit is available for permanent residents of nearby towns, listed below, whose permanent address is within commuting distance of park entrance stations. This permit is for non-stop, non-recreational travel through the park. No recreational use is permitted in Rocky Mountain National Park when using this permit.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Rocky Mountain National Park's Commuter Permit is available to permanent residents (based on your driver's license) of the following Colorado towns:

  • Allenspark, Bellvue, Berthoud, Boulder, Drake, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Fraser, Glen Haven, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Hygiene, Jamestown, Kremmling, Lafayette, Laporte, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Lyons, Masonville, Meeker Park, Nederland, Niwot, Parshall, Pinewood Springs, Superior, Tabernash, Timnath, Ward, and Winter Park.


To receive a Commuter Permit, all eligible applicants must apply for a Commuter Permit using the application form attached at the bottom of this page. When you submit your Commuter Permit application form, all applicants will be required to submit a digital photocopy of their valid driver's license to verify that they are a permanent resident of a town listed above.

 

How Do I Apply for a Commuter Permit?

To ensure a successful application, please review and follow these steps:

  1. Verify that you are a permanent resident of one of the following towns based on your driver's license: Allenspark, Bellvue, Berthoud, Boulder, Drake, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Fraser, Glen Haven, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Hygiene, Jamestown, Kremmling, Lafayette, Laporte, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Lyons, Masonville, Meeker Park, Nederland, Niwot, Parshall, Pinewood Springs, Superior, Tabernash, Timnath, Ward, and Winter Park
  2. You must submit proof of permanent residency with your Commuter Permit application. Proof of permanent residency is determined by the address printed on your valid driver's license. Up to two drivers per household may be listed on the application. In order to verify your proof of permanent residency, you are required to submit a photocopy of your valid driver's license with your Commuter Permit application form. If two (2) drivers are listed, then two (2) driver's licenses need to be submitted indicating the individuals share the same household. If both copies of driver's license(s) are not submitted, the application will not be processed.
  3. Review all Commuter Permit conditions.
  4. When ready to complete your application, click on the "Application" button at the bottom of this screen. This link will take you to the 2022 Commuter Permit Application form.
  5. Download this form and save it onto your computer. Fill out the application form electronically.
  6. When complete, email your application form along with copies of all applicant's driver's license(s) to romo_fees_permits@nps.gov, or mail to the park via US Postal Service. If using the mail to send in your application, please mail your application materials to us at: Rocky Mountain National Park, Attn: Concessions Office, 1000 US Hwy 36, Estes Park, CO 80517
  7. Once your application has been received by Rocky Mountain National Park, you will receive an email with payment instructions. Do not send payment to the park until we contact you via email. Please do not submit any check or cash payments. Check or cash payments will not be accepted for Commuter Permit applications.
 

Commuter Permit Conditions

  • Subject to eligibility, the Commuter Permit is valid for two years from date of issue.

  • There is an $80 administrative fee for each Commuter Permit application.

  • Up to two drivers are eligible to apply for each Commuter Permit per household. If you have additional drivers in your household seeking a Commuter Permit, you will have to complete a separate application form with an additional $80 administrative fee.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park's Commuter Permit is only valid for non-recreational commuting over Trail Ridge Road. This permit is not a park pass and does not allow for recreational use in the park.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I travel between Fall River Entrance Station and Beaver Meadows Entrance Station or along the Bear Lake Road Corridor?

No, the Commuter Permit does not allow for travel between Beaver Meadows and Fall River Entrance Stations or within the Bear Lake Road Corridor. The Commuter Permit allows for a private vehicle to commute over Trail Ridge Road (US 34) from an east side entrance to a west side entrance, or vice versa.

  • Is a Timed-Entry Permit Reservation also required in addition to a Commuter Permit?

No, if you are a commuter driving over Trail Ridge Road and using a valid Commuter Permit, then you are not recreating in the park and a Timed-Entry Permit Reservation is not required.

  • Is recreational use allowed under a Commuter Permit?

No, if you are entering the park to recreate (hiking, fishing, running, wildlife viewing, etc.) then you are a recreational user. Commuter Permits may not be used to access the park for recreational use. All recreational users are required to have a valid park pass. The following passes are available for purchase at park entrance stations or online: vehicle passes valid for 1-day, vehicle passes valid for 7 consecutive days, annual park passes and lifetime park passes. To learn more about park passes, visit Rocky's Entrance Fees and Passes webpage.

Or, if you are a recreational user planning to enter the park from May 27 to October 10, 2022, a Timed-Entry Permit Reservation is required to access the park in addition to a valid park pass. To learn more, visit Rocky's Timed-Entry Permit Reservation webpage.

If you are ready to proceed to the 2022 Commuter Permit Application, please click on:

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Last updated: March 18, 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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