If You Go
Rocky is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you’re planning a visit, the below information will be helpful.
Automobile: $20 and valid for seven consecutive days, including date of purchase
Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles,and mopeds: $10 per person (not to exceed $20 per vehicle) and valid for seven consecutive days, including date of purchase
Annual pass fee
$40 provides unlimited entry to Rocky Mountain National Park for one year from the date of purchase
Rocky Mountain National Park Call Center
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, prospective visitors can call 970-586-1206 and speak with an actual person about the park. Personnel answering the phones can help with general questions about weather conditions, hiking trails, and campgrounds and can also connect callers to different offices within Rocky if necessary.
Visit reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov, or call 1-877-444-6777.
There is a backcountry office located next to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and one adjacent to the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Call 970-586-1242 to inquire about permits, specific sites, and camping requirements.
estes park Visitor’s Guide
Where to Stay
The Stanley Hotel, 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-4000, stanleyhotel.com
Aspen Winds on Fall River, 1051 Fall River Court, Estes Park, 970-586-6010, aspenwinds.com
YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 1-888-613-9622, ymcarockies.org
Murphy’s River Lodge, 481 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-480-5081, murphysriverlodge.com
Where to Eat & Drink
Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse, 820 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7427, smokindavesq.com
Coffee on the Rocks, 510 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-5181, coffeeontherocksestes.com
Rock Inn Mountain Tavern, 1675 Highway 66, Estes Park, 970-586-4116, rockinnestes.com
Nepal’s Cafe, 184 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7035
The Parking Problem
There’s no getting around the fact that parking spots are scarce in Rocky, particularly on the east side. Whether you’re trying to climb Longs Peak, take a stroll around Bear Lake, or fish for a few hours in the Wild Basin, you’re going to run into issues with finding a spot to leave your vehicle. The best advice? Get to the park crazy-early (like before dawn), go during off-hours (hit the park late in the afternoon), or, in the Bear Lake corridor, use the shuttle system and satellite lots. Visit nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit and click on “Things To Know Before You Come” to learn about the park’s shuttle bus routes.
Free For All
In 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park will waive its entrance fee on these days:
—Photo Credits: Rocky Mountain National Park, Randall Bellows III, Ric Cederholm, Robert Dent, Amanda M. Faison, Carl Johnson, Ethan Welty/Aurora Photos