Where is Rocky Mountain National Park?
RMNP is 412 miles of wilderness located in northeastern Colorado. The Beaver Meadows entrance to the park is a one-hour-and-45-minute drive from Denver, Colorado.
Which side of Rocky Mountain National Park should I visit?
Rocky Mountain National Park has four entrance stations – three on the east side near Estes Park and one on the quieter west side near Grand Lake. Find out what’s special about each entrance. Trail Ridge Road connects the two sides of the park and is the most scenic and popular road in the park.
How should I get to Rocky Mountain National Park?
Most people drive to the park. Here are some road trip ideas. If you fly, the nearest international airport is Denver (DIA). You can also take a passenger train close to the west entrance and complete your journey via taxi. Once you get to the park, you will need a car, tour transportation, bike, or park shuttle to get around.
Where should I stay on my Rocky Mountain vacation?
Although there are no lodges inside the park, there are several campgrounds. In the gateway towns, you will find many lodging options including hotels, cabins, and campgrounds.
What is there to see in Rocky Mountain National Park?
RMNP is known for its many waterfalls and lakes. Bear, Lily, and Sprague lakes on the east side are the easiest lakes to visit with parking lots and level trails circling the shores. Visit the many overlooks on Trail Ridge Road for mountain views including the tallest, Longs Peak. Look in the meadows early in the morning or at dusk for large herds of elk, or on the west side wetlands, for moose.
What is there to do in the Rocky Mountains?
Hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and scenic drives are the main activities here. See our list of the top ten things to do in the park and beyond. Are you prepared for high altitude weather? Be careful of afternoon thunderstorms.
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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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Autumn Gold Festival
Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It's a perfect season for one of Estes Park's late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald Autumn Gold - a festival of bands, brats & beer.
When: Sat September 24 - Sun September 25
Where: Estes Park, CO
To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the "wapiti," the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the 18th Annual Elk Fest in Bond Park and the surrounding area. The free festival features bugling contests, Cabela's Archery Range, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, self guided elk tour maps, a children's' area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden.
When: Sat October 1 - Sun October 2
Where: Bond Park, Estes Park, CO
Fall Back Beer Festival
Held each year on the day we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. Held in the new Estes Park Events Complex! With over 100 different beers being poured by the brewers themselves from over 30 Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it.
Where: Estes Park Events Complex