More Visitors to RMNP Means You Need to Book Earlier

Visitors that were forced to stay away in 2013 came in 2014 - 3.4 million in all. Rocky Mountain National Park is back and we don't want you to miss it.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park had a Rough Year in 2013

In September, the area was hit by what was called "The 100-year Flood." The main highways to the park were so severely damaged that they were completely closed for two weeks. For months, roads had spots that merged down to one lane which meant traffic jams for visitors trying to get to the park.

Then came the government shutdown. Colorado knew the federal government's abandonment of the park would hurt the surrounding communities even more. The state spent over $40,000 a day to reopen the national park and help the surrounding area recover during its most-popular season - autumn. Yet, Rocky Mountain National Park lost some of its biggest weeks.

Record Numbers of Park Visitors in 2014

Visitors who were forced to stay away in 2013 came to the park the following year. 3.4 million in all. A record number of visitors came on Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July week, Labor Day weekend, and the elk rutting season that runs from mid September to mid October.

Visitation for the elk rut was almost three-times that of 2012, the latest uninterrupted year (843,345 compared to 319,742).

Do You Plan to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park in 2015?

Our advice is to book early. The park is celebrating it's 100th birthday this year and it's drawing a lot of attention from travelers. The grand park is back and we don't want you to miss it.

Get your Free Trip Planner so you can start planning as soon as possible.

Source: http://www.coloradoan.com/story/sports/outdoors/2015/01/21/record-million-visit-rocky-mountain-national-park/22106313/

Related

Rocky Mountain National Park Flooding

The rain in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas just keeps coming. And with flood warnings in effect all along the Front Range, Rocky Mountain National Park has been closed to all recreational use.

The tundra is rocky and splattered with tiny wildflowers on Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Wildfire Burns

A wildfire started burning in the Rocky Mountain National Park on October 9, 2012. By October 12th it had burned 660 acres.

Mummy Range from the Alpine Visitors Center in Rocky Mountain National Park

Temperatures Change as You Go Higher in Elevation

Don't make a rookie mistake by dressing for temps in Denver, then heading up Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain Park. The higher you go, the colder it gets.

Wolverine

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.

Visitors Boost Local Economies

The more than 11 million people who made their way to one of the four Rocky Mountain region national parks in 2010 left a trail of money in their wake.

Scrubbing graffiti off of red rock in a national park

Graffiti Spikes in Parks

National and state parks are reporting more extreme occurrences of graffiti on a range of surfaces.

Father hiking with kids

4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

Email news featured image

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.