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Rocky Mountain National Park

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416 mi 669 km of trail 34 Featured Runs

Gems 22 Gems Easy Trails 53 Trails Intermediate Trails 92 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Landscapes on either side of the Continental Divide feature alpine lakes, forested valleys and a wide range of plants and animals. Iconic summer thunderstorms and persistent winter winds are among the forces that continue to shape this majestic landscape. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road, which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds, along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky Mountain is on top!

To learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Opening and closing dates and hours vary seasonally for visitor centers at Rocky Mountain. Check the park's website for current operating hours.
  • Alpine Visitor Center: Hours vary by season. Open year round.
  • Beaver Meadows Visitor Center: 8 am to 4:30 pm. Open year round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Fall River Visitor Center: 9 am to 5 pm through October 12. Winter hours and days vary.
  • Kawuneeche Visitor Center: 8 am to 4:30 pm. Open year round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Moraine Park Discovery Center: 9 am to 4:30 pm through October 12.

Visiting Tips

Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Summer and fall are the busiest seasons in the park. Parking lots can be full and roads congested. Arriving early or coming into the park in the late afternoon can help.

Due to the high elevations and exposure, park roads are subject to rapid weather changes and strong winds. Road conditions in and around the park can change quickly, particularly in the spring and fall, and some roads in the park are closed seasonally. Information on current road closures and conditions can be found here.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    If you are planning to camp overnight in the park, you must be in one of the designated campgrounds or backcountry campsites. Camping reservations are strongly recommended during the summer and fall. Call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online at:reserveamerica.com orrecreation.gov.

    • Aspenglen Campground: Open May 26 through September 26
    • Glacier Basin Campground: Group sites are also available.
    • Longs Peak Campground: Seasonal closures vary by year.
    • Moraine Park Campground: Open year round.
    • Timber Creek Campground: Seasonal closures vary by year.

    Additionally, there are a wide range of backcountry camping experiences available in Rocky Mountain. Overnight travel in the backcountry requires a permit which is available at two backcountry offices. These offices are open seven days a week, seasonal hours vary. Call 970-586-1242 or visit www.nps.gov for more information regarding backcountry camping in the park.

    Food & Drink

    The Trail Ridge Store, which includes a café and coffee bar and is adjacent to the Alpine Visitor Center, is the one restaurant inside the park and is open from approximately late May through early October. There are no grocery stores in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy sells very limited food items in the park visitor centers and bottled water at Bear Lake and Park & Ride during summer and fall.

    Restaurants and grocery stores can be found in the local communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park. If you prefer to bring your own food into the park, there are several picnic sites that provide tables and, sometimes, restrooms and fire grates.

    Other Activities

    Those looking for other ways to explore Rocky Mountain National Park will not be disappointed by the variety that the park offers. Road biking, rock climbing, bouldering, fishing, horseback riding, backcountry camping, and wildlife viewing are among the many activities that the park affords in the summer. In the winter, you can continue your exploration by snowshoeing or cross country skiing or by sledding at Hidden Valley. Visit Rocky Mountain's website for more information on the park's other activities.

    Maps & Guidebooks

    To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

    Gems in Rocky Mountain National Park - 22

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    Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park - 119

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    3.2 mi 5.2 km #1 Mills Lake - Black Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    3.2 mi 5.2 km Estes Park, CO
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    Snowy, Icy
    39 days ago
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    4.2 mi 6.8 km #2 Flattop Mountain Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    4.2 mi 6.8 km Estes Park, CO
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    27 
    0.9 mi 1.5 km #3 Lake Haiyaha Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    0.9 mi 1.5 km Estes Park, CO
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    1.0 mi 1.6 km #4 Dream Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    1.0 mi 1.6 km Estes Park, CO
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    Muddy, Snowy, Icy
    8 days ago
    22 
    3.6 mi 5.8 km #5 Twin Sisters Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    3.6 mi 5.8 km Estes Park, CO
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    Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - There are lot of snow around summit area. need spikes. Morning maybe icy.
    10 days ago
    29 
    4.6 mi 7.4 km #6 Gem Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    4.6 mi 7.4 km Estes Park, CO
    All Clear
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    Mostly Dry - Mostly clear, only about 30 ft of trail with snow on it up to Gem Lake.
    36 days ago
    24 
    3.5 mi 5.7 km #7 Fern Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    3.5 mi 5.7 km Estes Park, CO
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    Dry, Snowy, Some Mud, Icy
    33 days ago
    27 
    6.3 mi 10.2 km #8 Lawn Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    6.3 mi 10.2 km Estes Park, CO
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    20 
    7.9 mi 12.8 km #9 East Inlet Trail
    Grand Lake, CO
    7.9 mi 12.8 km Grand Lake, CO
    All Clear
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    Snowy - Hard pack snow, well defined trail. No need for snowshoes for the first few miles
    65 days ago
    17 
    4.8 mi 7.7 km #10 Ute Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    4.8 mi 7.7 km Estes Park, CO
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    0.9 mi 1.4 km #11 Chasm Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    0.9 mi 1.4 km Estes Park, CO
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    Muddy, Snowy
    24 days ago
    0.7 mi 1.1 km #12 Emerald Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    0.7 mi 1.1 km Estes Park, CO
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    0.6 mi 1.0 km #13 Hallett Peak Approach
    Grand Lake, CO
    0.6 mi 1.0 km Grand Lake, CO
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    4.4 mi 7.2 km #14 Thunder Lake Trail
    Grand Lake, CO
    4.4 mi 7.2 km Grand Lake, CO
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    9.5 mi 15.3 km #15 Mummy Pass Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    9.5 mi 15.3 km Estes Park, CO
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    12.6 mi 20.3 km #16 CDT: Monarch Lake to Grand Lake (CO Sec. 35)
    Grand Lake, CO
    12.6 mi 20.3 km Grand Lake, CO
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    0.7 mi 1.1 km #17 St. Vrain Summit Trail
    Nederland, CO
    0.7 mi 1.1 km Nederland, CO
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    4.0 mi 6.4 km #18 Fern - Odessa Lake Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    4.0 mi 6.4 km Estes Park, CO
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    0.5 mi 0.8 km #19 Tundra Communities Trail
    Estes Park, CO
    0.5 mi 0.8 km Estes Park, CO
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    0.4 mi 0.6 km #20 Alpine Ridge Trail
    Grand Lake, CO
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Grand Lake, CO
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