Expect Changes in Operations Due to COVID-19
View Current Conditions for the most up-to-date information about impacts to park facilities and functions due to COVID-19.
Rocky is a Popular Place!
More people than ever before are coming to experience the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park: in 2019, the park had over 4.6 million visitors— the third most visited national park in the country. While this level of visitation means that new and larger audiences are learning about and experiencing this incredible place, it also presents challenges.
Timed Entry Permit System in Effect May 28 Through October 11
Rocky Mountain National Park will be implementing a new pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system beginning on May 28, 2021. Park staff are managing for significant increases in visitation to public lands in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain National Park, along with continued Covid-19 concerns, ongoing park seasonal staff shared housing challenges, reduced shuttle bus capacity and residual fire impacts in some areas of the park from historic fires in 2020.
What To Expect
Rocky is busiest throughout the summer and on fall weekends. In these busy times, especially between 9 am and 3 pm, you should expect:
When parking areas fill and heavy congestion warrants, vehicle access may be restricted in the Bear Lake Road corridor, the Wild Basin area and the Alpine Visitor Center parking area. In 2018, these restrictions occurred most days in July and August, in addition to weekends in June and September.
What You Can Do
Last updated: June 4, 2021