Rocky offers places for family fun, adventure, solitude, recreation, and countless other pursuits. Availability of roads and facilities can vary seasonally so check the current conditions. Here are some of the main places to go during your visit.
Most visitors arrive during the summer and on fall weekends. Expect congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails. Best tip to help: plan ahead. Make reservations for camping in the park and lodging in the local areas. Tour and hike early and late in the day. By mid-morning, parking areas are often full. Carpool and/or use the free park shuttles to/from the Bear Lake corridor.
The historic Old Fall River Road is a scenic 9-mile dirt road that is typically open from early July through late September. Because of its steep grade and tight curves, there is a length limit for vehicles.
Be sure to check the road conditions for what is open during your visit.
Rocky is a great place to have a picnic. Picnic areas are located throughout the park, so pack your cooler and enjoy a meal with a view.
Head out on a day hike and experience the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. Backpack into the heart of the park and sleep under the stars. Hit the trails on horseback. Adventure and solitude are waiting.
West Side - Kawuneeche Valley
Home to the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River, the Kawuneeche Valley is a great place to enjoy the quieter west side of Rocky. Start a hike from one of the many trailheads, stop for a picnic, or visit the Holzwarth Historic Site. Explore the accessible and family-friendly Coyote Valley Trail to look for wildlife, get an up-close view of the river and have a picnic. The Kawuneeche Valley is also the best place to look for moose in the park.
East Side - Bear Lake Area
The Bear Lake Area has scenic overlooks, picnic sites, and trailheads for many of the most popular hikes on the east side of the park. Be sure to take the free park shuttle during the busy summer and fall months. Both Bear Lake and Sprague Lake are perfect spots for a quick photo or a nice stroll.
Last updated: June 13, 2022