Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry

Rocky Mountain National Park

Planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park this summer? RMNP is implementing a pilot Timed Entry Permit Reservation system again for 2022. Timed Entry Permit Reservations are required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 27 and October 10, 2022. 

  

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all areas of the park outside of the Bear Lake Road Corridor. To visit destinations along Bear Lake Road, like Bear Lake, Sprague Lake, and Moraine Park, Timed Entry Permits are in effect from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

 

Permit holders must initially enter Rocky Mountain National Park during their 2-hour entrance window. This means that if someone books a Timed Entry Permit for 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., they must enter Rocky Mountain National Park within this window of time. Visitors may exit the park and return as needed throughout the day.

 

Timed Entry Permits are Vehicle Permits. A Timed Entry Permit will cover one vehicle and all passengers in the vehicle. If there are multiple vehicles in your party, each vehicle must have a Timed Entry Permit and a valid park entrance pass to enter the park. The person whose name is on the Timed Entry Permit Reservation must be present in the vehicle. The Timed Entry Permit holder does not have to be the holder of the valid park entrance pass. One driver or passenger in a vehicle can be the Timed Entry Permit holder and another passenger or the driver can be the park entrance pass holder.

 

When arriving at the park's entrance gate, the Timed Entry Permit Holder and Park Pass holder should be prepared to show their reservation confirmation, their valid park pass, and valid photo ID(s) for the permit holders.

 

Timed Entry Permit Reservations for all days in the month of July were released through Recreation.gov on June 1 at 10 a.m Mountain Time. Additional Timed Entry Permits will be released through Recreation.gov at 5:00 pm the night before a desired arrival date. On July 1, reservations were released for the month of August. At 10:00 am MT on August 1, reservations will be released for all dates in the month of September, along with any remaining days in August that have not yet been booked. On September 1, reservations will be released for days in the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.

 

Initially, 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. These are expected to sell out quickly and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible. There will be no permits sold on site at the park.

 

This year’s pilot reservation system allows for a greater number of reservations per day. Reservations will be based on approximately 90 percent of the park’s total parking capacity. This system spreads use throughout the park to better utilize all parking/trailhead areas. This system will be adaptable to changes in visitation trends and public health concerns.

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Need to Know

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through www.recreation.gov at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Monday, May 2. Reservations will be available to enter the park from May 27 through October 10, 2022. 

Changes and Cancellations

Modifications or Cancellations may be made up to 24 hours in advance. The $2 reservation processing fee is not refundable. 

For specific entence fee and annual pass information please visit: Fees & Passes - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) 

Contact Information

Mailing Address

1000 HWY 36 Estes Park CO 80517

Phone Number

(970) 586-1206 (HOURS: 8AM - 4:30PM MDT ON WEEKDAYS AND 8AM - 12PM MDT WEEKENDS)

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