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Rocky Mountain National Park: Know Before You Go


Spring has arrived in Grand Lake, the snow is melting, and Rocky Mountain National Park is gearing up for yet another busy and adventurous summer season. Whether you are planning to explore the trails, pitch a tent or simply enjoy the scenic drive over Trail Ridge Road, there are a few things to know about this national park before your trip begins!

Timed Entry Permits

Between May 26th, 2023 – October 22, 2023, a timed entry permit is required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park based on where you will be traveling throughout the park. If you are planning to visit any destination within the Bear Lake Corridor, a timed entry permit is required between 5:00am – 6:00pm. If the Bear Lake Corridor is not in your itinerary, a timed entry permit is required between 9:00am – 2:00pm. These timed entry permits will provide you with a two hour window to pass through either entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Click HERE to find out more info!


Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is an amazing way to experience what all the park has to offer, but do keep in mind camping reservations are required and can be booked through recreation.gov. Timber Creek Campground is available for reservations on the West side of RMNP, while Aspenglen and Glacier Basin are on the East side. All campground reservations include a timed entry permit.


With altitudes ranging from 7,860 to 14,259 feet, Rocky Mountain National Park is well known for extreme and always changing weather patterns. In the summer months, daytime temperatures can reach 70-80 degrees and drop into the 40’s at night. Always be prepared with adequate clothing and footwear to combat any changes in weather you may experience in the park!

Additional Information

Planning your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park may feel a bit overwhelming, so there are a few additional resources we recommend checking out to point you in the right direction. First being park maps! Not only does this page offer a map of the overall park, but also additional maps of hiking trails and campsites. Another amazing way to familiarize yourself with various activities within the park, learn about the wildlife you may come across, or talk with a park ranger is by visiting one of the amazing visitors centers. The Kawuneeche Visitors Center is located directly before the West Entrance to RMNP, only 1.2 miles from downtown Grand Lake.

We hope you have an adventurous and scenic trip through Rocky Mountain National Park!

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