Traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park
Where is Rocky Mountain National Park? RMNP is 412 miles of wilderness located in northeastern Colorado. The two largest gateway towns include Estes Park on the east, and Grand Lake on the west. Trail Ridge Road is the most scenic and popular road in the park - but it is a high alpine road and closed for much of the winter season.
From the basic to the curious, our park experts answer your pressing questions about Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you want to know when the famous Rocky Mountain elk will begin bugling, when Trail Ridge Road is expected to open for the season, or how the great flood of 2013 impacted campgrounds and trails.
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Rocky Mountain Area Events
Rocky Mountain National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings (like the very seasonal Trail Ridge Road), to festivals and activities in and around the park and gateway town Estes Park, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Cowboy culture, bull riding, and concerts headline this rocking festival near Fort Collins. Catch pro rodeo events most nights, plus monster truck rallies, a demolition derby, and an old-fashioned carnival.
When: Thu June 23 - Mon July 4
Where: Greeley, CO
Estes Park goes cowboy for this week of parades, racing, and bull riding. Favorite events include live music at the Queen’s Ball and shows at Performance Park.
When: Wed July 6 - Mon July 11
Where: Estes Park, CO
Cheyenne Frontier Days & Rodeo
Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this eye-popping festival. The centerpiece of this Western celebration is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, which draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an old frontier town, a saloon, dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles.
When: Fri July 22 - Sun July 31
Where: Cheyenne, WY