Timed Entry Reservation System
What you need to know: Rocky Mountain National Park will have a Timed Entry Reservation System beginning May 26 through October 22, 2023. To ensure you have unrestricted access during your 2023 vacation, a little advanced planning may be required. This information will prepare you for this year’s changes.
The 2023 Reservation System in a nutshell.
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There are two types of Timed Entry Permits for 2023:
1. The Bear Lake Road Corridor permit – a one-day timed entry permit with a designated time of entry between 5 am and 6 pm. This allows access to the whole Park, INCLUDING the Bear Lake Road Corridor to the Cub Lake Trailhead, Fern Creek Trailhead, Hollowell Park/Mill Creek Basin, Park & Ride, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead; Glacier Gorge Trailhead to Alberta Falls, Mills Lake, Black/Blue/Green Lakes, Spearhead, and Frozen Lake), the Loch Vale Trailhead to the Loch, Timberline Falls, Lake of Glass and Sky Pond, and Flattop, Otis, Hallet & Taylor Peaks.
2. The “Rest of the Park permit – a one-day timed entry permit with a designated time of entry between 9 am and 2 pm. This allows access to the whole Park, EXCLUDING the Bear Lake Road Corridor. But does include Cow Creek, Bridal Veil Falls, Gem Lake and Lumpy Ridge, Deer Mountain, Ypsilon Lake, Spectacle Lakes, Lawn Lake, Lily Lake, Twin Sisters, Estes Cone, Horsetooth Mountain, Mount Meeker, Wild Basin, Ouzel Falls, Ouzel Lake, Bluebird Lake, Thunder Lake, Lake of Many Winds, Lion Lakes, Boulder/Grand Pass, Chasm Lake, Boulder Field and Longs Peak.
3. If you do not have a Timed Entry Permit for the day of your choosing – You may access the whole Park and the Bear Lake Road Corridor if you enter the gates before 5 am or after 6 pm. You may access the whole Park less the Bear Lake Road Corridor if you enter the gates before 9 am or after 2 pm.
4. 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.
5. Regular RMNP passes (e.g. daily $, annual $$, lifetime $$$, or senior passes 🙂 will also be required for each vehicle in addition to the Timed Entry Permits.
6. Reservations for both Entry Permits go on sale May 1 at 8 am MT. This round of reservations will be available to enter the Park from May 26 through June 30. So, set your calendars and reminders now! Register first to open an account BEFORE tickets go on sale. They will go fast! As in a blink of the eye.
– 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.
7. 40 percent of the permits will be held back and available at 5 pm the day prior to your desired entry day.
8. Permits are $2 per day and may be purchased at Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry – Recreation.gov
9. 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.
10. 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.