Free Trip Planner & E-Newsletter for Rocky Mountain National Park

Free Rocky Mountain Trip Planner

8-Page Trip Planner + Email + Your Choice of Vacation Info

Your Rocky Mountain Trip Planner has everything you need to know about getting to Rocky Mountain National Park from all directions, plus local transportation, and weather tips. Learn about the areas inside the park worth a stop on our 48-hour guide, and follow our chart to find your perfect hike. Your mailed kit also includes brochures and special offers from nearby destinations.

Your signup also includes subscriptions to two e-newsletters. Thursday’s National Park Newsletter includes favorite stories about 11 national parks including Rocky. Tuesday’s Rocky Mountain Newsletter is sent once or twice per year when there is important information about the park. You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking at the bottom of the newsletter.

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Featured Vacation Partners

Colorado Front Range

This north central area of Colorado includes Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park, Colorado. Photo by Ben FullertonEstes Park, Colorado

One of the most picturesque mountain towns in America, Estes sits at 7,522 feet and borders the southeastern part of the park. It’s home to thriving communities of artists, second-home retirees, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts.

A family hiking in Grand County, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Grand County Chamber of CommerceGrand County, Colorado

Visit Grand County, Colorado – only 67 miles from Denver located on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Don’t just explore Colorado. Go Grand.

Exterior of the new Ridgeline Hotel. Courtesy photoRidgeline Hotel

Explore the Park – then relax in our well-appointed guest rooms. Travelers enjoy regional cuisines in our dining room and lounge, a heated atrium pool/whirlpool, WiFi and more.

Dao House in Estes ParkDao House

Return to simplicity and live your true nature at Dao House, your destination getaway with horseback and horse-drawn rides, and spa services.

Waterfront concert in Loveland, ColoradoLoveland, Colorado

Start your sightseeing adventure as you weave through the majestic beauty of Big Thompson Canyon. Stay awhile and indulge in Loveland’s award-winning craft beer and spirits, a shopping spree, a serene stroll through our unique sculpture gardens or adventure with our year-round outdoor recreation.

Mountain Range at South Park, COSouth Park National Heritage Area

Elevate your experience of the West as you imagined it. Share this amazing place where history is still alive and nature is breathtaking.

Bears at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in ColoradoThe Wild Animal Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for over 300 rescued Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores. From donations, adoptions, pledges to volunteering, fundraising opportunities, gift shop, and more. Choose whats right for you…and the animals thank you!

Colorado State Park: Rifle FallsColorado State Parks & Wildlife

Colorado’s 42 state parks are places to have fun, get away, recreate and re-create in beautiful settings. Book your camping reservations or find activities across the State.

Wooden specimen at the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History. Courtesy photoUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is located on the Boulder Campus, in the Henderson Building, 15th St. & Broadway. The museum is open daily (except for university holidays). Admission is free.

An outdoor stage in Arvada, Colorado. Courtesy photoArvada, Colorado

A gem of a city located just 15 minutes northwest of state’s capitol in Denver, Arvada is a community unlike many others. Arvada consistently competes with the larger metropolitan areas in business and commerce but retains its small town charm that other suburbs can’t replicate.

Hiking Bonita Pass to Silver Pass. Photo by Bob Seago courtesy of South Park, COSouth Fork, Colorado

Find your way to South Fork, where crowds are scarce and backcountry roads, trails and streams are abundant! Whether driving or hiking among spectacular fall colors, ATVing or mountain biking through 2 million acres of National Forest, fishing Gold Medal Waters, or hitting powder-rich ski slopes, there is a trail for you in South Fork! Historical, cultural and recreational activities await you!

Colorado Railroad Museum

Experience Colorado railroad history with a visit to our 15-acre railyard in Golden, Colorado. Request a brochure and start planning your trip today.

An old steam engine train on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Courtesy photoGeorgetown Loop Railroad

The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time.

Northwest Colorado

Kremmling and the Muddy Creek from Kremmling Cliffs. Courtesy photoKremmling, Colorado

Kremmling is a small, quaint “cowboy” town that is unspoiled and surrounded my the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. There are snow-capped mountain peaks, primitive forests, and the confluence of three different rivers, The Colorado, the Blue, and the Muddy Creek.

Girls exploring Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Photo by David ClucasGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is where nature meets adventure. Ride a scenic tram to explore one of “The Country’s Top Family Cave Tours.” An incredible family experience with thrill rides and other family-firiendly attractions.

Girl at hot springs pool in Glenwood Springs, COGlenwood Springs, Colorado

Take your spirit to new elevations in America’s Most Fun Town; Glenwood Springs, CO. Soak, Soar, Cave & Coast. to plan your adventure!

Dinosaur National Monument's Steamboat Rock in Moffat County, ColoradoMoffat County, Colorado

The 1.7 million acres of pristine, picturesque public lands, abundant wildlife, wild horses, and untamed rivers define Moffat Country.

Dillon Colorado sailboatsDillon, Colorado

Nestled just an hour or so from Denver, Dillon truly is where your adventure begins. Hope to see you soon.

Fireworks on Frisco, Colorado's Main StreetFrisco, Colorado

Frisco’s Main Street leads to endless trails for biking and hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Adventures branch out to boating, sailing, running, tubing, and skiing at five world-class resorts.

Northeast Colorado

Old Town Museum town strip in Burlington ColoradoBurlington Old Town Museum

This historic site includes 21 fully restored buildings with authentic artifacts from the turn-of-the-century. Accessible from I-70, Old Town Museum celebrates agriculture, history and heritage.

Giraffe statues in Sterling, Colorado. Courtesy photoSterling & Logan County, Colorado

The heart of northeast Colorado, Sterling is located just off Interstate-76, which follows the same route as the historic Overland Trail Stage Coach Route along the South Platte River. On your way to or from the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find Sterling is a perfect stop to shop, play and stay a day, smack dab in the middle of the high plains to start your Colorado adventure.

South Central Colorado

Rio Grande Railroad Train in ColoradoRio Grande Scenic Railroad

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is Colorado’s only train and concert venue – start your adventure here.

Bull elk in Alamosa, ColoradoAlamosa, Colorado

Come visit Alamosa, home of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Or, ride the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, camp, fish, hike, and more!

Kids rafting in Chaffee County, Colorado. Photo by Tim Brown.Chaffee County, Colorado

Now this is Colorado! Chaffee County is located in Central Colorado, the Heart of the Colorado Rockies. It stars the small towns of Buena Vista, Salida, Poncha Springs as well as Monarch Mountain.

Overview of the town of Cripple Creek, ColoradoCripple Creek, Colorado

Located at the base of Pikes Peak is the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking scenic views. There are many historical attractions, exciting casinos, enjoyable dining, and lodging that makes Cripple Creek the perfect destination.

Historic downtown Trinidad. To the left is the sandstone bluff known as Simpson's Rest, topped with the gravesite of pioneer, scout, and explorer George S. Simpson. Photo by Teofilo via FlickrTrinidad, Colorado

Hike up a volcano, see cowboy art, or stroll past a world-class skate park. Expect the unexpected when you visit this town on the edge of Colorado’s border with New Mexico.

Southwest Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Photo by Lisa LynchSouthwestern Colorado

Showcasing the entire Southwest corner of Colorado, this Travel Region boasts of internationally-acclaimed National Parks and Monuments such as Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock, Hovenweep, and the Black Canyon; world-class river systems of the Gunnison, Colorado, and Dolores.

Grand Junction was named Colorado's Wine Country due to its 22 wineries and burgeoning wine culture. Courtesy photoGrand Junction

Just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction provides visitors of all ages a truly unique Colorado experience. Named Colorado’s Wine Country due to the 22 wineries and burgeoning wine culture, there are many other things also unique to the area.

The splashpad at Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colorado. Courtesy photoJunction West RV Park

Junction West RV Park is a convenient base camp for exploring Grand Junction’s local attractions and the Colorado National Monument’s colorful red rock canyons, wildlife and miles of hiking trails. Arches National Park in Moab, UT and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Montrose, CO are just 1.5 hours away.

Jeeping near Lake City, CO. Photo by Tracy LanktreeLake City

Surrounded by 96% public lands, Lake City stays true to its 1800s pioneer-town feel and is a hub for hiking fishing, hunting, boating 4WD, biking camping, ghost towns and sightseeing adventures. The fun continues through the winter with holiday festivities, snow shoeing, back country skiing, and ice climbing. The fun never stops!

"Painted Wall" in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Photo by NPS Lisa LynchMontrose, Colorado

Montrose, Colorado, the gateway to the Black Canyon, is the perfect place to host your visit to the Park. This beautiful, All-America City, is nestled within easy reach of a remarkably vast selection of great Colorado vacation experiences. Stray beyond the ordinary and unearth an adventure that is uniquely your own.

Hot air balloons over Pagosa Hot SpringsPagosa Springs

Known for its amazing hot springs, endless outdoor activities and nearby Chimney Rock National Monument, Pagosa Springs is the perfect destination to explore southwest Colorado and the awe-inspiring beauty.

Mesa Verde National Park.Mesa Verde Country

Only in Mesa Verde Country can you witness centuries-old cities of stone materialize before your eyes, watch as Native American dancers weave spells of enchantment and travel the Trail of the Ancients, the only National Scenic Byway dedicated to archeology.

Mesa Verde at Night - Near Durango, CODurango, Colorado

From fly-fishing, zip lining and mountain biking, to biking, skiing, rock climbing and golfing; outdoor enthusiasts will be amazed by the playground Mother Nature has provided in Durango, Colorado.

Barn in Delta County, ColoradoDelta County

Delta County is located in western Colorado at the base of Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world. An agricultural and heritage hotbed, this region is home to delightfully diverse Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, and Paonia. Our story is about agriculture pioneers, mining, land, and water development.

Silverton, ColoradoSilverton, Colorado

Silverton, Colorado – the heart of the high country.

Wyoming Partners

Schwabacher's Landing in Grand Teton National ParkWyoming Tourism

Immerse yourself within a place that is Forever West; you need only a few days, and the sense of adventure to fill them.

Cheyenne Wyoming old train depot with boot and concertCheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne is a big town by Wyoming’s standards and provides a fantastic authentic Western experience. For starters it’s home to the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, Cheyenne Frontier Days. In addition, visitors will enjoy the Cheyenne Depot, the Big Boy Steam Engine, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Railway Trolley, the Historic Governor’s Mansion – and don’t forget the huge boots that are painted and located throughout the town.

Mountain lake near Laramie, WyomingLaramie, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming is located one hour north of Rocky Mountain National Park, home to the University of Wyoming. Laramie offers western hospitality, Division I colligate sports, historic sites, and endless outdoor possibilities. On your next trip west, stop in Laramie, Wyoming!

Utah Partners

Arches National Park near Moab, UtahMoab, Utah

Where Adventure Begins and your gateway to national and state parks, a plethora of recreation, and relaxation. Southeast Utah’s top destination vacation location.

Family at the Dinosaurland quarry.Dinosaurland

One of the West’s biggest secrets is northeastern Utah, an easy day’s drive south of Yellowstone National Park. Some call it Dinosaurland, and you’ll find it offers adventure and sites not seen anywhere else in the world.

Canyonlands by Night boat tourCanyonlands By Night & Day

Water, land and air tours in the Moab Area! Voted BEST BOAT TOURS in Utah two years! Stop by to find the tour for you. Located just north of the Colorado River Bridge.

Fishing in the Flaming Gorge in UtahFlaming Gorge Country

Halfway between Yellowstone and Arches National Parks is an unspoiled playground of stunning natural features. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area offers year-round adventure for families of all ages. Scenic Trails. Superb Boating. DIY Rafting. Trophy Fishing. Wow. Flaming Gorge is a ‘must see’ stop on your next western journey.

New Mexico Partners

A sunset falls behind the mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Michael BarleyAlbuquerque, New Mexico

Experience the diverse cultures, authentic art and vibrant traditions of Albuquerque. From hot air balloons rising with the sun to the year-round mild climate – adventures abound. (Photo by Michael Barley)

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. Photo courtesy Farmington, New MexicoFarmington, New Mexico

Farmington is your ticket to unlimited adventure. Rugged, wild scenery coupled with unique culture, it’s here that outdoor lovers and active families thrive. (Photo of Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness)

Tours & Tour Operators

Hikers at Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo courtesy of The World OutdoorsThe World Outdoors

The World Outdoors offers multi-day guided active vacations in Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We also offer hiking and multi-sport tours of other US National Parks. Sign up to hear more about our trips and to receive special offers.

Photography Workshops

Milky Way over Zion National Park. Photo by Rob Wood Photography2017 National Parks Night Skies Photo Workshop Series

Experience national parks in a way that very few people ever will. Sign up for one of our six night skies workshops in 2017 and learn how to shoot the stars and the Milky Way with iconic national park landmarks in the foreground. Locations include Canyonlands (Apr 23-24), Zion (Apr 26-27), Grand Teton (Jun 22-23), Great Sand Dunes (Jul 24-25), Yosemite (Aug 22-23), and Saguaro (Oct 18-19).