Picnicking

Enjoy Rocky While You Enjoy Your Picnic!

Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Rocky Mountain National Park in the many picnic areas spread throughout the park (except on the alpine tundra). Rocky is open year-round, 24/7. During reservation dates and times, a reservation will be required to access picnic areas. Details are in the chart below. All park picnic areas are first-come, first-served except Lily Lake Group Site (see chart, available by reservation only, $350 administrative fee).

  • Leashed dogs and cats are permitted within established campgrounds and picnic areas. REMEMBER: dogs, cats, and other pets are prohibited in all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park not accessible by motor vehicles, including ALL trails, tundra, and meadows.
  • Campfires are permitted in designated picnic areas, and only in metal fire grates provided by the park for such use. All park picnic areas and other areas are closed to the collection of firewood. If you choose to bring in firewood for a campfire in a metal fire grate, please inspect the wood closely to ensure it does not harbor any insects. You must ensure your campfire is completely extinguished.
  • The use of disposable or portable charcoal grills, wood fuel camp stoves, petroleum fuel/gas stoves, and gas grills is allowed for food preparation as adjuncts to fire grates provided by the park in some picnic areas (see chart). Where portable grills are allowed, the used charcoal and ash must be completely extinguished and disposed of in trash receptacle.
  • Day use picnicking is prohibited in all park campgrounds during camping reservation season. Off-season picnicking in campgrounds has no additional fee, but you must ensure your campfire is completely extinguished. Any picnicking which interferes with overnight campers is prohibited at all times.
  • Horses and other stock are not permitted in picnic areas.
  • Summer 2023, a temporary vehicle timed entry permit system has been put in place for all of Rocky Mountain National Park between May 26 – October 22. In all areas of the park, a park entrance fee or pass is required. There are two options available:Park Access provides access for all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road Corridor between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Park Access+ is best for visitors interested in accessing Bear Lake Road Corridor between 5:00 am – 6:00 pm. Timed Entry Permit Reservations are not required outside of the specified times above.Reservations are needed during reservation times parkwide. More information and reservations at www.recreation.gov, use the Recreation.gov Mobile App, or call 877-444-6777
 
Picnic Areas Picnic Tables Fire Grates Portable Grills OK Toilets Notes Park Access or Park Access+ Timed Entry Permit Reservation Required During Reservation Dates & Times?
East Side
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 4 0 No Accessible flush toilets Open year-round
Copeland Lake 5; accessible Yes
Endovalley 32; accessible 30 Yes Accessible vault toilets Walking access only in winter. Access
Hidden Valley 4 accessible in covered pavilion; scattered tables on hillside 0 Yes Accessible flush toilets Open year-round. Accessible parking. Access
Hollowell Park 10; accessible 0 Yes Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking. Open year-round. Summer shuttle bus stop on Moraine Park Route Access+
Lawn Lake Trailhead 3 0 No Vault toilets Access
Lily Lake 4; accessible 0 No Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking Access
Lily Lake group picnic area Available by reservation only. $350 administrative fee to reserve area. email e-mail us 12 0 ONLY self-contained grills ONLY with special use permit Accessible vault toilets next to parking lot at Lily Lake ¼ mile walk to picnic area.
Longs Peak Ranger Station 7 0 No Vault toilet Access
Park & Ride 3 0 No Vault toilet Access+
Sprague Lake 27; accessible 16 pedestal grills Yes Accessible summer flush & winter vault toilets Accessible parking Access+
Tuxedo Park 8 0 Yes No Summer shuttle bus stop on Moraine Park Route. Sites near creek Access+
Upper Beaver Meadows 8; accessible 6 Yes Vault toilet Walking access only in winter Access
West Alluvial Fan 8; accessible 0 Yes Accessible vault toilet More tables on road. Accessible parking. Access
Wild Basin Trailhead 8 0 Yes Vault toilets More tables on road Access
Picnic Areas West Side
Beaver Creek 4 4 No Access
Beaver Ponds 6 6 Yes Access
Bowen/Baker 3 0 Yes Accessible vault toilets Access
Colorado River 6 4 Yes Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking Access
Coyote Valley 7; accessible 0 No Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking Access
Harbison MeadowsReopened 4 accessible in covered pavilion 4 Yes Port-a-pottys(Vault toilet to be rebuilt following East Troublesome Fire) Packed gravel path to picnic tables from parking lot is sloped. Accessible parking. Access
Holzwarth Historic Site 3 0 Yes Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking in unpaved lot. Access
Kawuneeche Visitor Center 3; accessible 0 Yes Accessible toilets at Visitor Center Accessible parking for Visitor Center/not at picnic sites
Lake Irene 8; accessible 0 Yes Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking Access
Timber Lake Trailhead 8 8 Yes Accessible vault toilets Accessible parking Access

 
One of the several picnic tables at Sprague lake Picnic Area, with a fire grate next to it and pine trees in the background
Picnic Table and Fire Grate at Sprague Lake Picnic Area

NPS/K. Daugherty





Last updated: July 13, 2023

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