Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry

Rocky Mountain National Park

Planning a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park from May 24 through mid-October?  Rocky Mountain National Park will implement another pilot timed entry permit reservation system during specific hours of the day. This system applies to all areas of the park.


There are two different timed entry permit options to choose from: Timed Entry or Timed Entry + Bear Lake Road

Both reservation options allow park visitors to enter Rocky Mountain National Park within two-hour windows of time during the day. Reservation holders must enter the park within their reserved window of time, for example, if your reservation is for the time period of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m, you must enter the park and the Bear Lake Road Corridor within this two-hour time frame. 

Only one timed entry permit reservation is required per vehicle (not per person). A visitor may only reserve one timed entry permit during a single day.  


What's New in 2024?

Rocky Mountain National Park is committed to trying new things and being adaptive. Each year that the park has implemented a pilot timed entry permit system, we have learned new ways to make improvements. There are a few key ways that the 2024 pilot timed entry permit system will be different from past years. These include:

When Can I Reserve a Timed Entry Permit for Summer and Fall 2024?

Rocky Mountain National Park's timed entry permits will be released on a first-come, first-served basis on based on the following schedule:

Why is Rocky Mountain National Park implementing a timed entry permit system?

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest national parks. In 2023, it was the 5th most visited national park. Visitor crowding and congestion at RMNP have led to increased negative impacts to visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experience and operational capacity. Rocky Mountain National Park has piloted different park-wide timed entry permit reservation systems (2020-2023) and will be piloting a system again in summer 2024. The park is learning from these different actions to help inform long- range day use visitor access strategies for the future.

Need to Know

Booking Windows

Timed Entry reservations are required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 24th and mid-October. 

Rocky Mountain National Park's timed entry permits will be released on a first-come, first-served basis on based on the following schedule:

An additional secondary release will occur at 7PM MDT on a rolling 1 day window. This secondary release will contain 40 percent of available timed entry permits.

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Changes and Cancellations

Timed entry permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are unable to use your timed entry permit reservation, cancellations may be made up to 24 hours prior to your visit. 

Timed entry permit reservations are only available via They are not available in person at RMNP's visitor centers or entrance stations. 

In addition to a timed entry reservation, park entrance fees or a valid park pass are required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Park entrance fees can be purchased in person upon arrival at the park's entrance station.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

1000 HWY 36 Estes Park CO 80517

Phone Number

(970) 586-1206 (HOURS: 8A.M. - 4 P.M. MDT ON WEEKDAYS AND 8 A.M. - 12 P.M. MDT WEEKENDS)

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