Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park is getting more expensive, including for passholders

Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: tupungato (iStock).

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park is about to get more expensive.

The third most-visited national park, Rocky Mountain National Park typically draws more than 4.5 million annual visitors with 415 square miles of alpine beauty, 355 miles of hiking trails, 147 lakes, 77 peaks rising higher than 12,000 feet, and a spectacular array of wildlife.

As Rocky Mountain National Park plans to begin “ increasing park access” with a timed-entry system starting on June 4, some things will be changing. To comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines, timed-entry permits and camping reservations will be required for visitors entering the park in a private vehicle between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

While the new reservation system is expected to only be temporary, visitors will be required to pay $25 for a private vehicle timed entry reservation permit day pass, plus a $2.00 reservation fee. This fee will be a per day fee.

If you hold a valid entrance pass, including Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass, you are still required to pay the $2.00 reservation fee.

Reservations to visit the park, from June 4 through July 31, are now open at Following this initial release, reservations will be available one month in advance on the first of every month at 8 AM. This means on July 1, reservations will be available for the dates of August 1-31, and on August 1, reservations will be available for the dates of  September 1-30, and so forth.

According to RMNP, “This system will more safely manage the pace and flow of visitor use, reduce crowding, and provide an improved visitor experience commensurate with the park’s safe operational capacity.”

No payment will be accepted when entering the park. All timed entry reservations must be made in advance for all areas of the park including Lumpy Ridge, Lily Lake, Longs Peak, and Wild Basin. For more details, please visit



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