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Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.

Car driving on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in autumn

When is Trail Ridge Road Open?

The road connects east amd west sides of the park and is open from the end of May through October, weather permitting.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Email Newsletters

Whether you are planning a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park or simply want to stay connected to the park, our newsletters are a great source of information and are filled with inspiring stories.

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National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape or a wildlife pic send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

Rocky Mountain National Park Overview Map

A Simple Overview Map of Rocky Mountain National Park

This basic map illustrates how Rocky Mountain National Park is divided into the west side and the east side, joined by Trail Ridge Road which is closed in the winter.

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Download the Official Rocky Mountain National Park Map PDF

Download the official map to find your way around Rocky Mountain National Park including park roads, trails, lakes, visitor centers, and the gateway towns.

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Official Colorado National Monument Map PDF

Download the official map to find your way around Colorado National Monument including Rim Rock Road, trails, entrances and visitor center.

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Official Dinosaur National Monument Map PDF

The map of Dinosaur National Monument includes park roads, trails, visitor centers, the Yampa River and the Exhibit Hall, home of the Walls of Bones.

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Official Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Map PDF

Download the map to find your way around Colorado's Black Canyon including park roads, trails, and popular overlooks such as Painted Wall and Sunset View.

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Official Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Map PDF

Download the official map to find your way around Colorado's Great Sand Dunes including park roads, trails, visitor center, and the dunefield.

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Official Mesa Verde National Park Map PDF

Download the official map to find your way around Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado including park roads, trails, visitor centers, and ruin attractions.

Snowshoers on a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Snowshoeing & Backcountry Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Whether you want to cross country ski, strap on some snowshoes, or grab a sled, Rocky Mountain Park is a great winter activity destination.

Longs Peak from Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike to the Top of Longs Peak

Dominating the skyline, and topping out at 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is the ultimate adventure for enthusiastic hikers.

Sunset on the river at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Soak Riverside at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Spend the day relaxing on the banks of the Colorado River soaking in iron-rich thermal mineral waters with views of towering Mt. Sopris.

Glenwood Caverns cave tour

Go Underground and Airborne at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Ride a scenic tram to the mountaintop to explore caves in the heart of Iron Mountain, family-friendly attractions and thrill rides on Glenwood Canyon's edge.

Forest Canyon Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

3 Best Scenic Overlooks on Trail Ridge Road

Forget having to hike miles to experience the sight of open tundra, alpine vistas, and towering peaks. Trail Ridge Road, has three must-see turnouts.

Chasm Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park and sunset at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Win a Colorado Road Trip Vacation

Go from guided hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park to sandboarding the drifts in Great Sand Dunes National Park, with stops for hot springs, lakes and river rafting.

Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours & Classes

Take a 14-passenger bus, or an 11-passenger van tour from the RM Conservancy Field Institute throughout the national park

Hiker on the Longs Peak trail

10 FAQs About Hiking to the Summit of Longs Peak in RMNP

Where is the Longs Peak trailhead? How long does it take to hike to the top? What are the biggest risks? When is the best time to hike Longs Peak?

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

14 Favorite Waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park

All but one of Rocky Mountain Park's waterfalls require at least a short hike meaning that it's entirely possible to enjoy a waterfall by yourself.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - Windy DunesEarth Day weekend, I drove to Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park hoping to get some dramatic light and contrast of the dunes at first/last light. On my late afternoon hike, the wind really picked up and put my eyes and gear to the test as blowing sand filled everything not well covered. There was one other photographer at the top with me, everyone else went home or stayed low. Our reward was a front row seat to scenes like this.    

Best Photos of Great Sand Dunes National Park

Each year we ask travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots in Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Denver Regional Bus

Ride a Bus from Denver to Estes Park

The Denver International Airport and Union Station have multiple options for a trip to Estes Park and the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Far View cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park

Best Photos of Mesa Verde National Park

Each year we ask travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots in Mesa Verde National Park.

View of the Gunnison River from the rim of the Black Canyon

Best Photos of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Each year we ask travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots we've received in the Black Canyon.

Aspen trees in autumn

See Aspens in Fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

Starting in late August, aspens in the highest reaches of the Park begin their annual quaking, a term to describe the aspens unique leaves changing a golden-yellow hue and how they react in wind.

Sunset at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Lakes Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

The park is chocked-full of lakes due to the large glaciers that carved out deep canyons and cirques, while leaving teardrops behind.

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Where is Rocky Mountain National Park?

Head for northeast Colorado. The park is flanked by Estes Park on the east and Grand Lake on the west.

Sunset aerial of the town of Dillon and Dillon Reservior

Dillon, Colorado, a Boater's and Music Lover's Paradise

The top things to do in summer include sailing on the reservoir, enjoying local craft brews, and attending free concerts at the outdoor amphitheater.

Western Riviera in Grand Lake

Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado

The only lakeside hotel and cabins overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado. Five styles of lodging to choose from including two private vacation homes.

Temple of the Sun column surrounded by hundreds of stalactites in the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a stunning place whether you’re a cave fanatic or never thought twice about one. Check out the Big Room.

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Your National Park App by Chimani

Chimani launches an expanded perks benefit for national parks visitors. It Includes all 60 national park guides, offline maps and $2,500 in savings.

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Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations

Unforgettable hiking vacations. Tours that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes

Fishing near Casper, Wyoming

Casper, Wyoming - Big Fish Destination

Named "#1 Big Fish Destination in the World" in 2005 by American Angler Magazine, the section of the North Platte River that runs through Casper.

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Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Use these resources for information ranging from how to plan a trip to camping in wilderness areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Dream Lake in Winter

Win a Rocky Mountain Winter Vacation

This 6-day vacation for two people includes Estes Park lodging, dining, and guided snowshoe tours through a Rocky Mountain winter wonderland.

Perseid Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower in Rocky Mountain National Park

A perseid meteor shower can be seen every year in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid August

Paradise on the River RV Park

Paradise On The River RV Park in Estes Park

Tucked away along the Big Thompson River, just 1 mile to downtown Estes Park, Paradise On The River offers a great location for any getaway.

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep in Colorado

There's an estimated population of 7,000 bighorn sheep in Colorado, the most in any state. Watch them butt heads in Nov. and Dec.

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Rocky Mountain Winter Holiday Activities

Estes Park, Grand Lake, and Denver, Colorado glow with Christmas and New Year cheer.

Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visitor Centers in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers offer a variety of services, from gift shops, bookstores, guided tours, and more.

Shuttle bus in Rocky Mountain National Park

Shuttle Buses in Rocky Mountain National Park

Skip the traffic and enjoy the ride on one of the many shuttle buses around Rocky Mountain National Park including options from Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Gunnison Point at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado's Deep Scenic Canyons

See a beautiful canyon such as Forest Canyon, Spruce Canyon, the Black Canyon of Gunnison or Royal Gorge

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Mountains

With numerous activities, and 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is a mountain lovers dream.

Trail Ridge Road in Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drives in Rocky Mountain National Park

These three roads pass by the most scenic park views that can be seen from a car: Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road and Old Fall River Road.

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Closest Airports to Rocky Mountain National Park

How to get to the national park by flying to Denver or Cheyenne and then driving. Info includes rental cars, and airport shuttles.

Glenwood Springs Pool in summer

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Relax and restore–or get out and play hard. Famous for its thermal pools and nearby adventures, this town offers something for every type of traveler.

Cloud inversion at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Weather and Climate Overview for Rocky Mountain National Park

The high country has extreme weather patterns. Shaped by elevation, slope, and exposure, these patterns can change rapidly.

Ski Biking

Ski Biking at Colorado Ski Areas

Ski bikes are being seen on the ski slopes more and more these days and offer a new and exciting way to hit the slopes, be it at the resort or backcountry.

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Fallen Wolverine Traveled to Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain National Parks

A wolverine was killed in April 2016 after traveling hundreds of miles from Grand Teton to Rocky Mountain National Park and finally to North Dakota.

Hallett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

May 6 Event: 100 Years of Colorado's National Parks and Monuments

Photographer John Fielder takes you on a visual story-telling journey on foot and by boat through Colorado's national parks and monuments.