Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry

Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry

Written on 05/27/2020
Nick Molle

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Reservation Requirements
Visitors who arrive by vehicle or motorcycle must have a 1-day entry reservation for each day they plan to enter. Visitors arriving on foot or bicycle do not require a timed entry reservation. Tickets must be purchased online at or using the mobile app. Tickets will not be sold at the park.

Pass Holders
Annual and Lifetime pass are accepted as your entrance fee. See Fees and Cancellation section for valid entrance passes. Pass holders will be required to pay the $2.00 reservation fee.

Ticket Releases
Tickets up until July 31, 2020 will be released on May 28th at 8am MT. An additional batch of tickets will be released on a daily rolling basis two days in advance of the entrance date at 8am MT. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.

Reservation Limit
Visitors are allowed to have up to 1 private vehicle reservation per day for only 1 time slot. One reservation per private vehicle – reservation holder must be in the vehicle at time of entry.

Entering the Park
Please have a printed or digital copy of your reservation ticket available to be scanned at the park entrance station. Pass holders must provide Annual or Lifetime Pass (if applicable) for validation. Visitors are required to have a reservation to enter any portion of the park. Entrance stations include: Beaver Meadows, Fall River, Wild Basin, or Grand Lake Entrances. 

Entrance Times
Visitors have up to 2 hours to enter the park, starting at the time indicated on the ticket. Once entered, visitors can stay the entire duration of the day. 

Foreign Currency Not Accepted does not accept payment from foreign bank accounts or travelers’ checks.

Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows.

Bicycles are permitted on all roads that are open to motor vehicles, both paved and dirt, unless otherwise posted. Riding off roads or on trails is prohibited.

Hunting is prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Firearms and Weapons
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering the park. Recreational target shooting/discharge of a firearm is prohibited.

Health and Safety
When recreating, park visitors should follow local area health orders, maintain social distance, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Keep your distance. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Cloth face coverings should also be worn while in park restrooms.
Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Know your limits. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest search and rescue parks in the country. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Winter-like conditions exist in high elevation areas of the park. For example, Bear Lake currently has 14 inches of snow. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm's way.
Protect wildlife. Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. During the closure, due to lack of vehicular traffic, park rangers have observed more wildlife congregating adjacent to or on internal park roads.