By the Numbers

65%

increase in visitors between 2009 and 2019

4.67m

visitors to the park in 2019

14th

most visited park in the US in 2021

Timed entry reservations will be required to enter the park between May 27 and October 10, 2022

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the nation’s most spectacular mountain parks with 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, small permanent glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and cultural treasures. To experience the park, many visitors take the 10-mile scenic alpine drive along Bear Lake Road to Bear Lake, creating long traffic lines and a severe shortage of parking spaces.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National park offers breathtaking views of the spectacular Rocky Mountain range, with 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, small permanent glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and historic and cultural treasures including…

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Know Before You Go

  • Timed entry reservations will be required to enter the park between May 27 and October 10, 2022

  • Reservations can be made at recreation.gov

  • Reservations will become available on May 2 at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park from May 27 through June 30.

  • After that, reservations for the next month become available on the first day of the previous month at 10am (MDT)

  • Around 30% of reservations will be held back and made available for purchase the day before at 5pm

  • There are two types of reservations.

  • Both types of reservation give visitors a two-hour window in which they can enter the park

  • Option 1 gives you full access to the park including the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period will be active from 5am to 6pm. Reservations are not required outside of these times.

  • Option 2 gives visitors access to the park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. The reservation period is active from 9am to 3pm. Reservations are not required outside of these times.

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