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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Estes Park Free Concert and Movie Series
Throughout the summer Estes Park is home to a robust series of free concerts held in the village at Performance Park. This outdoor amphitheater features a grassy hillside for concert-goers to lounge on blankets or in folding chairs. Enjoy the fresh mountain air while taking in live music, entertainment and more! Returning in 2016 is the Movies in the Mountains, an outdoor movie series, where movie-goers can enjoy both live music and a selected movie on the last first and third Friday from June through August. The park opens at 6pm for delicious, local craft beer and food concessions.
When: Wed June 8 - Thu August 25
Where: Performance Park, Estes Park, CO
High County Stampede Rodeo
Saturdays from July 2 through August 13. Exciting rodeo entertainment for families and groups. Junior Rodeo begins at 3:00 pm. Main performance begins at 7:00 pm. Enjoy our Chuck Wagon BBQ from 4 - 9:00pm. Rain or Shine, we have covered stands.
When: Sat July 2 - Sat August 13
Where: 1741 County Road 73, Fraser, CO 80442
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