Safety & Wellness

Have a Fun and Safe Adventure!

A visit to Rocky Mountain National Park can rejuvenate the body and spirit. It can fuel ones sense of adventure and accomplishment. Before starting any trip in Rocky Mountain National Park, take time to explore this webpage and learn tips for planning a safe and fun adventure.

Remember to Recreate Responsibly

Your actions can impact park resources and wildlife. Be prepared before you head out on the trail. Know and understand your limits. Weather and conditions can change quickly in the Rockies. Be prepared to turn back when conditions change or if you are being pushed to your limits.

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Trip Planning - Get Ready for Adventure

Before your next adventure, make a trip plan, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan in place

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Be Weather Wise

Weather and conditions can change rapidly when recreating at high elevations in the mountians. From October through late May, be prepared for snow and winter conditions, especially in high elevation areas.

To see the most up to date forecast information on specific locations inside Rocky, visit the park's All About Weather page.

Snow and Ice Fields

Stay back from steep snow slopes and cornices. Snow avalanche danger is often high. Ask a ranger about current avalanche potential. Know how to recognize dangerous snow conditions.

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Dressing for Cold Weather

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Dress for Cold Weather

Even in May, it can be very cold at high elevation areas in Rocky Mountain National Park. Protect yourself when going outside when it is cold and extremely cold out.

Dress in layers to help insulate your body. Wear a:

  • Warm hat
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jacket
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Neck Gaiter
  • Glasses or Goggles to help protect your eyes
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The Science of Wind Chill

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Be Prepared for Potential Wind Chill

"Wind Chill" is a term used to describe what the air temperature feels like to the human skin due to the combination of cold temperatures and winds blowing on exposed skin.

In simple terms, the colder the air temperature and the higher the wind speeds the colder it will feel on your skin if you're outside. So even if it remains the same temperature, but the wind speed increases it will actually feel colder to your skin.

Before recreating in Rocky, take time to look up what the wind chill is for the day and wear the right gear to help protect yourself from the wind chill.


Check Out Additional Safety Tips Below:

Tonahutu Spur Trail Post Fire
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Safety Tips when Recreating in Burn Areas

Be aware of additional hazards when recreating in burn areas including:

  • Burned-out stump holes where the ground may be weak and unstable
  • Unstable dead trees, especially in windy conditions
  • Loose rocks, logs and rolling debris
  • Flash flooding and significant debris flow possible in burn areas
  • Dry, hot conditions with little forest canopy to provide shade

Park staff will continue to assess areas on both sides of the park for fire impacts, safety and downed trees, erosion and rock fall.

For maps and information on current area closures due to fires, visit

Last updated: May 17, 2024

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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