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Rocky Mountain National Park
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
1000 Highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-1206
(970)586-1256 (fax)
Park Description
Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals delight wildlife-watchers of all ages. Wildflower-lovers are never disappointed in June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical color. Autumn visitors can relax among the golden aspens or enjoy the rowdier antics of the elk rut (mating season).

359 miles of trail offer endless opportunities to hikers, backpackers and horseback riders. Fly fishers, bird-watchers and photographers discover the splendor that they traveled so far to find. During the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers revel in the white-blanketed tranquility of meadows and forests.

60 peaks rising above 12,000 feet challenge intrepid hikers and climbers. Anyone visiting between Memorial Day and late autumn can see many of these peaks eye-to-eye by driving over Trail Ridge Road. Topping out at 12,183 feet, this is the highest, continuous, paved road in the United States.

Front-country and backcountry campers have hundreds of campsites to choose from. Civilization and its amenities are available in the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake which flank the park on the east and west sides respectively. Ranger-led activities are an entertaining way to learn more about your surroundings. Plan some time to acclimate to the high altitude and come find your adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Bicycle or Motorcycle per person Fees-$10, nte $20 per vehicle - 7 Days

Daily Entrance Fee - Passenger Cars $20.00 - 7 Days or $35.00 - Annual

Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours a day, 12 months of the year. Pets are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas and along road sides, but not on ANY park trails. Pets cannot be left in cars unattended.

Visitor Centers:

Beaver Meadows:

Open All Year Currently 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Spring - after March 28th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Summer - after June 18th 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Fall - after September 15th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Phone: 970-586-1206


Open Starting May 27, open daily (weather permitting) 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fall dates and hours TBD. Phone: 970-586-1206

Fall River:

Open Spring - after March 28th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Summer - after June 18th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Fall - after September 15th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Phone: 970-586-1206


Open All Year Winter - after September 30th 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Spring - after May 15th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Summer - after June 19th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Phone: 970-586-1513

Fees: There are entry fees for this park
No Metro Region listed. Park Management: Federal

Printed Materials
Rocky Mountain National Park Map     RMNP Backcountry Map     RMNP Divide Trail Map    

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