About Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Start here for basic information about the park. Learn where Rocky Mountain Park is in Colorado. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions such as what to pack and how close you should get to wild animals. Are you planning a trip far in advance? Check our weather articles to learn what to expect in different seasons. And, Rocky is divided into regions, so don’t forget to download a park map.

Rocky Mountain National Park Seasonal Access

All entrances, facilities, and roads (barring road construction) are open during the summer vacation season. Parts of the national park are closed to wheeled vehicles during the winter (November through May), notably Trail Ridge Road which connects Estes Park with Grand Lake. Many campgrounds also have seasonal opening and closing dates. Several times a year, all national parks have free days. Otherwise, entry fees apply.

Getting Around Rocky

Rocky’s main roads are the entrance roads, Bear Lake Road and the Trail Ridge Road. Outside the park and on Trail Ridge Road, you’ll find visitor centers, museums, and scenic side roads. All major roads are accessible by RVs and other large vehicles, but some side roads are not. Rocky has a shuttle bus service from the park’s Park and Ride area to the major trailheads and visitor centers. Otherwise, you’ll need a car, motorcycle, bike, or tour transportation to travel around the park.

FAQs about Rocky Mountain National Park

Answers to all your important Rocky Mountain National Park vacation questions about wildlife viewing, pets in the park, plus winter and backcountry routes. Read More...

Park Places

Find information about the park's location, entrances, visitor centers and shuttle stops to get your logistics in order before your vacation. Read More...

Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado History

The historical events, places, and peoples of the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Read More...

Rocky Mountain National Park Maps

Maps include park roads, trails, lakes, visitor centers, and the gateway towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado. Read More...

Weather and Seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park

Learn about the highs and lows of weather in this high-elevation national park. Watch for storms in afternoons and deal with altitude sickness. Read More...

Wildlife and Nature Conservation

Learn about efforts to protect and empower wild animals and the natural ecosystems inside Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding landscapes. Read More...