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.

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Can I Bring My Pet to Rocky Mountain National Park?

Dogs are prohibited on all trails and in the backcountry. Leashed dog are allowed at parking lots, roadside areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Read More...

Dylan Maddalena, Head Wrangler, YMCA Jackson Stables

Dream Jobs in Rocky Mountain National Park

What it is really like to live and work in RMNP? Peek inside the typical days of park rangers, stable managers, volunteers, and outdoor business owners. Read More...

The summit of Mt. Audubon in July in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Rob Wood

Gear Guide for a Rocky Mountain Vacation

It’s a land of skyscraping peaks, lush river valleys, hidden lakes, and—in winter—perfectly powdery snow. To see it all, you’ll need the right equipment. Read More...

Lightning storm in the mountains.

How Do I Stay Safe from Lightning at High Elevations?

Thunderstorms storms in the park have caused injury and even death. Read our tips for staying safe from lightening when hiking in high altitude. Read More...

Snowy Long's Peak (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

How Do I Treat High-Altitude Sickness?

Rocky Mountain National Park starts at the already-lofty elevation of 7,840 feet and extends all the way up to 14,259 feet at the summit of Longs Peak. Read More...

Wild Basin Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

How Much Does Rocky Mountain National Park Cost?

Heading to Colorado to take in the sweeping beauty of Moraine Park and awe-inspiring heights of Longs Peak? Here are the many options for entrance fees. Read More...

Backpack and hiking boots

What to Pack for Your Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation

How do you pack for a place where temperatures can fluctuate 35 degrees in one day? Here are the top 14 items to bring to the park.  Read More...

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When is Trail Ridge Road Open?

The road connects east & west sides of the park and is open from the end of May through October, weather permitting. It is closed in winter because of snow. Read More...