Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado, about two hours northwest of Denver. It is home to Longs Peak, one of Colorado’s “fourteeners” (mountains that rise above 14,000 feet.) The park has over 300 miles of hiking trails, colorful wildflowers, and wildlife including moose and black bears.

Weather at Rocky Mountain National Park can change quickly. It has been known to snow in the middle of summer, and you’ll want several layers of clothing to accommodate changing temperatures. The high elevation of the park brings its own challenges, and you should always have sunscreen and plenty of water as you’re exploring. If you’re planning on hiking, use this checklist to make sure you have what you need. These safety guidelines are also helpful if you’re heading to the park for the first time.

There are quaint mountain towns just outside both entrances to the park. If you’re approaching the park from the west, you’ll drive past scenic Grand Lake and may want to set aside some time to explore the restaurants, shops, and lake recreation. If you’re arriving from the more populated east side, you’ll want to meander through Estes Park (look for the majestic Stanley Hotel on the hill, made famous by Stephen King’s “The Shining”).

There is plenty to do inside the park as well. More activities occur between late May and early October, but people visit during the snowy winter weather, and there are still planned events throughout the colder months. You can find a schedule of ranger-led programs here, and if you’re traveling with children, check out the suggested kids’ activities here. Whether you visit the park when it’s blooming and green, sparkling as a winter wonderland, or bursting with fall colors, the sight of the Rocky Mountains and the lakes, streams, and landscape will stay with you well after your trip is over.

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Spring 18-51 F
Summer 39-69 F
Fall 20-59 F
Winter 12-26 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rocky Mountain National Park

Many campgrounds at Rocky Mountain National Park can be booked ahead of time and reservations fill up quickly. Check here to find out how to reserve your campsite before you go. Also, if you are an America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass holder, you get a 50% discount on camping fees within the park. Campgrounds in the park are not open year-round, most operate from May through October.

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Hit the Trails

Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly path to the start of the Colorado River, or a bucket-list trek to the top of Longs Peak, there’s a trail for you at the park! Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, a snack, and a camera and keep an eye out for moose, elk, and yellow-bellied marmots.

Here are a few popular trails in the park. For all of the trails available to you, click here.

Rocky Mountain National Park Lake Trails

Bear Lake

Distance: 0.6 mile loop

Terrain: An easy walk, and an excellent interpretive nature trail around a subalpine lake.

Cub Lake

Distance: 4.6 miles round trip, elevation gain of 540 feet

Terrain: A popular hike through woods to a mountain pond, offers beautiful fall colors.

Mills Lake

Distance: 5.6 miles round trip, elevation gain of 700 feet

Terrain: Offers views of Longs Peak and Keyboard of the Winds from the lake.

Bluebird Lake

Distance: 12 miles round trip, elevation gain of 2,478 feet

Terrain: Strenuous hike with rewarding views

Waterfall Trails

Adams Falls

Distance: 0.6 miles round trip

Terrain: Easy hike with almost no elevation gain, the trail follows a stream and has beautiful views.

Alberta Falls

Distance: 1.2 miles round trip

Terrain: A popular hike that ends with a spectacular waterfall.

Ouzel Falls

Distance: 5.4 miles round trip, elevation gain of 960 feet

Terrain: A popular spot for hikers to watch the ouzel (a bird, also known as the American Dipper) dive into the stream below the falls.

Cascade Falls

Distance: 7 miles round trip, elevation gain of 300 feet

Terrain: A relatively flat hike through forested country ends with a scenic view next to a tumbling waterfall.

Timberline Falls

Distance: 8 miles round trip, elevation gain of 1,510 feet

Terrain: A strenuous hike through lovely Loch Vale, on the way to the falls on the east side of the park

Summit Trails

Deer Mountain

Distance: 6 miles round trip, elevation gain of 1,093 feet

Terrain: A relatively easy hike, as summit hikes go, and a popular hike in the park.

Twin Sisters Peaks

Distance: 7.4 miles round trip, elevation gain of 2,253 feet

Terrain: Two peaks to the east that offer outstanding vistas in every direction. Elevation at the summit is 11,428 feet.

Flattop Mountain

Distance: 8.8 miles round trip, elevation gain of 2,849 feet

Terrain: A hearty hike that offers panoramic views and access to many other peaks in the park.


What to Do at
Rocky Mountain National Park

Although there is plenty to do inside the park, the surrounding mountain towns offer many more activities! Relax and dine next to a rushing river, explore the area by horseback, or unwind with one of the many craft beers Colorado is known for.


Cafe at Trail Ridge

Type: Cafe

Location: At the summit of Trail Ridge Road in the park, next to the visitor’s center

Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ

Type: Barbeque

Location: Estes Park

Antonio’s Real New York Pizza

Type: Pizza

Location: Estes Park

Historic Rapids Lodge & Restaurant

Type: American

Location: Grand Lake

Squeaky B’s

Type: Burgers

Location: Grand Lake


Trail Ridge Gift Store

Location: At the summit of Trail Ridge Road in the park, next to the visitor’s center

Estes Park Mountain Shop

Location: Estes Park

Red Rose Rock Shop

Location: Estes Park

Cascades of the Rockies

Location: Grand Lake


Location: Grand Lake



Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding
Fishing in Estes Park
Raft the River
Take a Brewery Tour
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How to Get to
Rocky Mountain National Park

There are many ways to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park. You can choose to head to the west entrance of the park near Grand Lake, or the east side at Estes Park. The nearest airport is Denver International Airport, about a two hour drive from the east entrances to the park. On very busy days, consider using the Fall River Road east entrance instead of the more popular Beaver Meadows entrance. The west side is less populated and tends not to be as busy.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very RV accessible as well. Renting an RV allows you to travel through the park with ease, stopping and spending more time wherever you wish. If you don’t own an RV, RV rentals are available around the country. Whether you want to start where you live and drive, or rent an RV near Denver and head to the park, there are options available.

There are several campgrounds in the park that accommodate RVs, but be sure to check their websites beforehand. Many require reservations and you’ll want to make those well in advance of your visit!

Entering Rocky Mountain National Park

While there is a fee to enter Rocky Mountain National Park, the National Park Service has a few designated free days which you can find here. Fourth graders can also get a pass that allows them and everyone in the vehicle with them free entrance into all national parks for the year. You can get your Every Kid in a Park Pass here.

The National Park Service also offers Annual Passes and Lifetime Senior Passes, which you can find here. You can also pre-purchase your pass online here.

Rocky Mountain National Park Private Vehicle: 1 day pass : $25.0

Private, non-commercial vehicles (16 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Rocky Mountain National Park Private Vehicle: 7 day pass : $35.0

Private, non-commercial vehicles (16 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Rocky Mountain National Park Motorcycle: 7 day pass : $30.0

Valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase. Covers one motorcycle.

Rocky Mountain National Park Per person: 7 day pass : $20.0

Valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase. Applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups

Whatever time of year you’re planning to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park, you won’t be disappointed! The awe-inspiring mountains and abundant wildlife make this a place you’ll never forget. At RVshare, we love encouraging people to get outdoors, to spend time with friends and family, and to do all this while seeing the beauty of this world together. RVing allows you to experience the majesty of nature with your family in a truly unique way. Whether you explore Rocky Mountain National Park in an RV you rent through us, or while tent camping or staying in a cabin, we’d love to hear all about your trip! Send us pictures of your adventures at, tag us on social media, and share details about your trip and tips you want others to know for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.