Ranger-led Programs

Photo of a park ranger leading a group of people on a guided hike in a green meadow.
Park Rangers give hundreds of programs throughout the year

NPS Photo / VIP Schonlau

Special Programs

The 23 minute park movie, Spirit of the Mountains, is shown daily at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center.

Night Sky Programs are offered during the summer months.

Evening Programs are offered during the summer at park visitor centers and several campgrounds. During the winter there are occasional programs offered at the visitor centers.

All programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. Park entrance fees may apply. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park call 970-586-1206.

 

Regularly-Scheduled Programs

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  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    All About Lightning

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Learn why lightning can be a hair-raising experience and how to minimize your risk of being struck. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Alpine Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Bear Necessities

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn about the amazing lives of Rocky’s bears and how you can help save them. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Birds of Upper Beaver Meadows

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Join a skilled birder to seek bluebirds, woodpeckers, wrens, and flycatchers in a rich mixture of aspen and pine woodlands. Bring binoculars and a field guide. More

    Time:
    7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
    Location:
    Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    For Kids: Discovery Days

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Discover Rocky with your family through hands-on activities, crafts, and games. Each week offers something new to discover. Limited parking. More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Discovery Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    For Kids: Discovery Hikes

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Come out and discover the wonders of Moraine Park with hands-on activities on this family-friendly hike. Parents must accompany children. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Discovery Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Glacier Basin Campground Evening Program

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
    Location:
    Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Holzwarth Historic Site

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Tour a 1920s-era dude ranch for a taste of early homesteading and tourism and celebrate the 100th birthday of the site. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Holzwarth Historic Site Parking Area
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Junior Ranger Program (Junior Ranger HQ)

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Earn your Junior Ranger badge! Join a ranger for programs and activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Junior Ranger Headquarters at Hidden Valley
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Lily Ridge Hike (2 mile walk)

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Explore unseen connections between rocky ridges, enchanting forests, Longs Peak, and Lily Lake. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Lily Lake
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Moraine Park Campground Evening Program

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    People of the Kawuneeche Valley (3/4 mile hike)

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Join us for a look back at the people who have called the Kawuneeche Valley home. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Bowen-Baker Trailhead
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Skins and Things

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Examine the skins, skulls, antlers, teeth, and bones of many park mammals. More

    Time:
    3:15 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Kawuneeche Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Sprague Lake Stroll (1 mile walk)

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll with a ranger around beautiful Sprague Lake as you discuss past, present, and future management issues of wild places like Rocky Mountain National Park. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Sprague Lake Picnic Area
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Timber Creek Campground Program

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Check at the campground or Kawuneeche Visitor Center for topics. More

    Location:
    Timber Creek Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Volunteer in Rocky!

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn about volunteers at Rocky, then spend the rest of the hour volunteering. You’ll receive a free gift. All ages welcome! More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    For Kids: Discovery Days

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Discover Rocky with your family through hands-on activities, crafts, and games. Each week offers something new to discover. Limited parking. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Discovery Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Glacier Basin Campground Evening Program

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    High Country Geology (Hike)

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The park’s spectacular scenery represents a chapter in a long history of geologic events. Join us on this hike over the tundra and experience the effects of these processes. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Alpine Visitor Center Flagpole
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Moraine Park Campground Evening Program

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Bear Lake
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Welcome to Rocky!

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Curious about what there is to see and do at Rocky Mountain National Park? Join a ranger for a short stroll and introduction to the park, its opportunities, and the intriguing landscapes it contains. A great way to jump-start your visit! More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    In front of Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Aspenglen Campground Evening Program

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Aspenglen Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Celestial Wilderness

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Use a telescope to explore the astronomy of Rocky’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring binoculars if you have them. If overcast, meet at Kawuneeche Visitor Center for an indoor presentation. More

    Location:
    Harbison Meadow Parking Area (if cloudy, Kawuneeche Visitor Center)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Volunteer in Rocky!

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn about volunteers at Rocky, then spend the rest of the hour volunteering. You’ll receive a free gift. All ages welcome! More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Hidden Valley
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Astronomy in the Park

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. More

    Time:
    7:45 PM
    Location:
    Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Volunteer in Rocky!

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn about volunteers at Rocky, then spend the rest of the hour volunteering. You’ll receive a free gift. All ages welcome! More

    Time:
    3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Campground
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Wilderness Connections (2 mile hike)

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Celebrate wilderness with a moderate hike to a hidden meadow and picturesque creek. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Onahu Trailhead
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Road to the Top

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Humans have been part of the alpine landscape for centuries. Come learn how Native American routes through the tundra became the roads you drive today. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Alpine Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Saturday Night in the Park

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Enjoy an evening program in the auditorium. For topics, inquire at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Kawuneeche Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Sprague Lake
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Glacier Basin Campground Evening Program

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Enjoy a variety of informative and fun programs. See the weekly schedule at a visitor center for topics. Dress warmly. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 9:45 PM
    Location:
    Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Timber Creek Campground Program

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Check at the campground or Kawuneeche Visitor Center for topics. More

    Time:
    8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Timber Creek Campground Amphitheater
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Hike with a Ranger!

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Join a park ranger for a guided hike through lush subalpine forests to glacially-carved Mills Lake. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, warm layers, and a rain jacket. 5.5 mile hike. More

    Time:
    8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Meet ranger at Park & Ride to ride shuttle to trailhead
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Sisters of Courage

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Learn about the pioneer experience through the story of the remarkable Harbison sisters and their family. Includes a 1/2 mile walk to the homestead site. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Kawuneeche Visitor Center Flagpole

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
General park questions: (970) 586-1206. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970)586-1222.

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