Thanks to new restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with general overcrowding, several popular destinations in Colorado now require visitors to have reservations. Here’s a glimpse at some of the iconic destinations where reservations are required, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Hanging Lake, Mount Evans, and more.

Author’s Note: This is not a complete list as other places in Colorado might require reservations. Always check with an official source before traveling to planned destinations. Some spots included on this list require an entry fee or permit in addition to the reservation, which may require a separate transaction. Based on public health regulations, weather, and other unpredictable factors, details in this list are subject to change.

Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.

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Parks are parks. Monuments are monuments.


Monuments are monuments. Parks are parks.


In listing the national parks in Colorado, I believe you missed one: I think Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is considered a national park.

Todd B.

Dottie -- While National Monuments are often equally as impressive as National Parks, they are generally smaller, and carry fewer restrictions with regard to access. And, just a side note: Colorado is home to eight National Monuments.

Mountain Man

Colorados public lands are becoming private and nearly impossible to access. Most of these places are swamped with out of state tourists who don't take care of them because they simply don't care. Colorados public land should be reserved for locals first.

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