Where is Rocky Mountain National Park?

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Rocky Mountain National Park is in northeast Colorado, flanked by the towns of Estes Park on the east and Grand Lake on the west. Other nearby towns include Lyons, Winter Park, Granby and Boulder.

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To access the park, there are four entrances, three on the park’s east side and one on the west. To make the most of your time in Rocky Mountain National Park, choose the entrance that will give you the best access to the sights you want to see and experience. Choose your approach by reading Which Entrance Should I Take into Rocky Mountain National Park?

What is the Nearest Major City to Rocky Mountain National Park?

The national park is a short drive northwest from Denver, Colorado and its international airport. From the DIA airport, it is a 60-mile, hour-and-a-half drive to the Beaver Meadows entrance in Estes Park, or a 105-mile, two hour and 15 minute drive to the Grand Lake entrance.

Is Rocky Mountain National Park Open?

The national park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day (barring a government shutdown.) However, because of snow, some sections of the park are not accessible during the winter such as Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Other seasonal services include some visitor centers, the Moraine Park Museum, campgrounds and the park shuttles.

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