Timed Entry Permit Reservations: Park Access

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Timed Entry Reservation Options: Park Access

Are you interested in taking a scenic drive over Trail Ridge Road, visiting the Kawuneeche Valley, or hiking at Wild Basin, Lily Lake, Longs Peak, or other outlying areas of Rocky Mountain National Park? Then this is the timed entry permit option for you!

Beginning on May 26 through October 22, Park Access Timed Entry Permits are required to access all areas of RMNP, excluding destinations along Bear Lake Road, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Timed entry permits are available in 2-hour blocks of time. After making your reservation through Recreation.gov, when you come to Rocky Mountain National Park you must enter the park within the 2-hour window of time that you reserved. For instance, if you reserved a Park Access Timed Entry Permit Reservation for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., that means that you must initially enter the park anytime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

If you arrive late, a park ranger will advise you that you have missed your reservation window and you will be asked to come back after 2 p.m.

2023 Timed Entry Destination Table

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How Can I Reserve My Park Access Timed Entry Permit?

To reserve a Park Access Timed Entry Permit, visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to reach the Recreation.gov Reservation Call Center.

  • Timed entry permit reservations are not available in-person at park visitor centers or entrance stations. They must be reserved using Recreation.gov.
  • Don't have a timed entry permit to the park? You can enter all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, except for the Bear Lake Road corridor, before 9 a.m. or after 2 p.m. without a permit.
  • Timed entry permit reservations will be released beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on May 1 for the dates of May 26 through June 30. To see the full release schedule, visit the main timed entry page at https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm.

Have Additional Questions?

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section located on the main timed entry webpage at https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm.


Last updated: June 13, 2023

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