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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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Everyday

    What do you need to know about Rocky? Drop by this informal program to hear what rangers think about wildlife, hiking, and exploring our beautiful park!

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    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Location: Alpine Visitor Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Location: Aspenglen Campground Amphitheater
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    • Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Moraine Park Discovery Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

    Rocky has it’s own greenhouse! Explore it and learn how the park manages vegetation on this fun tour.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Location: Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

    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.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Alpine Visitor Center Flagpole
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

    Join a ranger for an interpretive hike through lush sub-alpine forests to glacially-carved Mills Lake. The hike will end at Mills Lake giving you the option to explore other lakes on your own.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Park & Ride
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Everyday

    Tour a 1920s-era dude ranch for a taste of early homesteading and tourism.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Holzwarth Historic Site Parking Area
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Explore unseen connections between rocky ridges, enchanting forests, Longs Peak, and Lily Lake in this moderate hike on the ridge.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Lily Lake
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
    • Location: Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly

    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.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sprague Lake Picnic Area
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly

    Join us for an hour-long volunteer project that will help preserve Rocky for future generations. All ages are welcome!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Mon: Sprague Lake. Wed: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Fri: Hidden Valley.
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Everyday

    What do you need to know about Rocky? Drop by this informal program to hear what rangers think about wildlife, hiking, and exploring our beautiful park!

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    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Location: Alpine Visitor Center
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly

    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.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
    • Location: Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly

    Stop by the Alpine Visitor Center to chat with a ranger about various intriguing and exciting park topics.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Alpine Visitor Center
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly

    Join the conversation and share your own perspectives about different resource issues facing Rocky while enjoying a warm morning beverage.

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    • Location: Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Moraine Park Discovery Center
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

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

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
    • Location: Glacier Basin Campground Amphitheater
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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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