Rocky Mountain National Park

2021 Summer/Autumn Timed Entry Reservation System


Rocky Mountain National Park will have a modified Timed Entry Reservation System beginning May 28, 2021,
 To ensure you have unrestricted access during your vacation, a little advanced planning may be required. This information will prepare you for this year’s changes. 

 

The 2021 Reservation System in a nutshell.
 If you have any questions or need help, just ask.
We’re here to make sure you have best days and mountaintop experiences ever.

There are two different Timed Entry Permits for 2021 (and 2 important caveats):

1. Bear Lake Road Corridor “ticket”  –  a one-day timed entry permit with a designated time of entry between 5 am to 6 pm.  This allows access to the whole park including the Bear Lake Road Corridor (Cub Lake Trailhead, Hollowell Park, Park & Ride, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead; Glacier Gorge Trailhead to Alberta Falls, Mills Lake, Black Lake and Frozen) and Loch Vale Trailhead to the Loch, Timberline Falls, Lake of Glass and Sky Pond.

2. All RMNP less the Bear Lake Road Corridor“ticket” –  a one-day timed entry permit with a designated time of entry between for timed  9 am to 3 pm. This allows access to the whole park less the Bear Lake Road Corridor.

3. If you do not have a Timed Entry Permit for the day of your choosing – You may access the whole of  RMNP and the Bear Lake Road Corridor if you enter the gates before 5 am or after 6 pm.  You may access the whole of  RMNP less the Bear Lake Road Corridor if you enter the gates before 9 am or after 3 pm.

4, Each vehicle entering RMNP will also need regular RMNP day passes (e.g. daily $, annual $$, lifetime $$$, or senior passes 🙂 in addition to the Timed Entry Permits.

Reservations for both Entry Permits go on sale May 1 at 8 am!  So, set your calendars and clocks.

Permits are $2 per day and may be purchased at Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry – Recreation.gov 

     –  The next release will be on June 1 for the month of July and any remaining days that have not been booked for June. 

     –  On July 1, reservations will be available 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 that have not been booked for September.

      –  25 percent of permits will be held and available at 5 pm the day prior to your desired entry day.

Timed Entry Permits are expected to sell quickly.  First come-first serve!  Purchases must be made online; no Time Entry tickets will be sold at RMNP or park entrances.

Print your Timed Entry Permits and have them ready to present at the entrance gate.  The person making the reservation must to be in the vehicle at the time of entry. Your ID may be required.

Timed Entry Permits with allow entrance into the park within a 2 hour window. You may stay as long as you like once inside the park. You do not need to pay again to reenter the same day. For example, you may drive over Trail Ridge Road (when the snow is plowed) to Grand Lake, have lunch and return with the same reservation.

 

 

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