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.


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...


10 FAQs About Hiking to the Summit of Longs Peak in RMNP

10 frequently asked questions about Longs Peak – Where is the trailhead? How long does it take? What are the biggest risks? When is the best time to hike? Read More...

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

How much does Rocky Mountain National Park cost?

Fees and reservation information for Rocky Mountain National Park. Read More...


Where Can I See Wild Animals in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Home to thousands of Elk, Mule Dear, Marmots, Big Horn Sheep, and the occasional Black Beer, it’s not uncommon to have your Park experience include a wildlife sighting. Read More...

Where can I walk with a stroller or use a wheelchair?

Accessible trails are available at Coyote Valley, Sprague Lake, and Lily Lake.

Is Trail Ridge Road Open?

Trail Ridge, the highest road in any US National Park (12,183′), is generally open seasonally from the last weekend in May through mid-October.

Where can I camp?

The park has five campgrounds. Two take reservations, and the others often fill early in the day during the summer.

Where can I hike to see beautiful lakes and waterfalls?

You can view high mountain lakes and waterfalls, or hike to scenic mountaintops, at these suggested locations.

Where can I walk with my dog?

Dogs must be leashed and are only allowed out along roadside pullouts and developed park areas (like campgrounds and picnic areas).

Where can I backpack and camp in the park’s backcountry?

The park has more than 200 backcountry sites. A permit is required for overnight camping in the backcountry.

What are some good winter hikes or snowshoe routes?

Check out our Winter Activities page for full skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing details.