Though Rocky Mountain National Park began its phased reopening to the public on May 27, the park will require visitors to make a reservation for entry starting June 4. The temporary system is being implemented, so they can increase access while still making is possible for visitors to follow state health guidelines. Reservations to enter the park will go on sale here starting at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28.
Until June 4, park staff are closely monitoring visitation levels. During these dates, visitors can only purchase entrance passes at entrance stations with credit cards. Visitors may be delayed entering or asked to return later if it becomes too congested.
How The Reservation System Works
Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m.
This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park.
During this initial reservation window starting May 28, reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31.
The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July.
On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August.
On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.
In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60% of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.
Answers to questions on the timed entry permit system can be found here.
All passes are available at all park entrance stations.
1-Day Pass – Automobile – $25. Valid for date of purchase. Covers single, non-commercial vehicle with capacity of less than 16 passengers.
1-Day Pass – Per Person – $15. Valid for date of purchase. Applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups.
1-Day Pass – Motorcycle – $25. Valid for date of purchase. Covers one motorcycle.
Here’s what to expect when you go to the park
If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Bring you own soap, toilet paper, water, etc. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Only Moraine Park and Glacier Basin Campgrounds will be partially open on June 4, with approximately half of the campsites available for reservations. Aspenglen, Timber Creek and Longs Peak Campgrounds will remain closed for the foreseeable future and may be re-evaluated for partial opening later in the summer.
Wilderness Backcountry Campsites
Wilderness camping permits will be issued beginning May 27 through the autumn.
Shuttle Bus Operations
Shuttle bus operations within the Bear Lake Road corridor will begin on May 27. It is unknown at this time whether the Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will be operating this summer. In order to practice proper social distancing, the capacity of the shuttle buses in the Bear Lake Corridor will be limited to 15 passengers per trip.
Wear cloth face coverings while riding in the bus. It is unknown at this time whether the Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will be operating this summer.
Road construction is ongoing on US 36 inside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The work is taking place on a 3-mile section of US 36, just west of Bear Lake Road junction to east of Deer Ridge Junction. This section of road will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings.
There will be no nightly closures on Friday and Saturday nights. When the road reopens each morning at 7 a.m. to traffic, motorists should expect delays and a rough surface.
Major trail construction continues to take place in the Alluvial Fan area after a major flood in 2013, destroyed the existing infrastructure. The park trail crew is staging a variety of material and equipment in the west Alluvial Fan parking lot and will continue construction of the accessible West Alluvial Fan Trail.
Trail and boulder access to the Roaring River from the West Alluvial Fan Parking lot will be closed to park visitors from June 1 to July 31, in the Alluvial Fan area.
Park staff are still determining the feasibility and timing of park visitor center operations as well as other services.
For further information on Rocky Mountain National Park, go here or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.