Current Conditions

 
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Road Conditions

What roads are open? Are they safe to drive? Click here for road reports and information.

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Trail Conditions

Are trails dry, icy, snowy? Read trail reports from rangers, volunteers, and other visitors.

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Area Closures to Protect Plants, Animals

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

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Weather

Rocky's weather is extreme! Learn what to expect in each season and how to prepare for your visit.

 

Latest COVID-19 Update from Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Permit Reservations Required for All Areas

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Last year, in July alone, the park received almost 1 million visitors. To increase park access while providing the public a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines, the park temporarily implemented a timed entry system effective on June 4.

Permits issued using the reservation system allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance passes and reservations are required for all areas of the park, including outlying areas when arriving by vehicle whether a visitor parks within the park or outside the park boundary. This includes but is not exclusive to Lumpy Ridge, Lily Lake, Longs Peak, Wild Basin, East Inlet, and North Inlet.

Reservation Availability

Reservations to enter the park are available through Recreation.gov. On August 1, reservations became available for the month of September and any remaining days that had not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.

View a list of frequently asked questions on the timed entry permit system.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Stores Open

Park rangers will continue to assist park visitors outside of the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Alpine Visitor Center, and the Wilderness Office. Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Stores have reopened inside the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Fall River Visitor Center, and the Alpine Visitor Center. Rocky Mountain Conservancy continues to offer Rocky-themed merchandise on their website.

Recreate Responsibly

When recreating, park visitors should follow local area health orders, maintain social distance and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

  • Keep your distance.
    Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Cloth face coverings should be worn while in park visitor centers, park restrooms, and on shuttle buses.
  • Keep it with you.
    If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Know your limits.
    Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest search and rescue parks in the country. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Winter-like conditions exist in high elevation areas of the park. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way.
  • Protect wildlife.
    Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. During the closure, due to lack of vehicular traffic, park rangers have observed more wildlife congregating adjacent to or on internal park roads.

Learn more about safety at Rocky Mountain National Park.

 
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During this time of virtual visits to national parks, many visitors still want a passport cancellation stamp. Download, print, and cutout this image, then attach it to your passport book.

Last updated: August 3, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(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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