Plan A Field Trip

Students play an educational game on a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky's education staff provides a classroom without walls.

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Schedule a Visit

Rocky Mountain National Park offers offers a variety of ways for you and your students to experience the park. We offer two basic educational experiences - ranger guided field trips and self guided park visits. We also offer web-based distance learning programs. Educational groups coming to Rocky that are organized by an accredited educational institution, whether self guided or ranger guided, may qualify for a waiver of park entrance fees. Any group wishing to visit one of the park visitor centers must make a reservation through the Education and Outreach Office. If you do not have a reservation, your group may be turned away.

Before making a reservation, please review the information for scheduling a self guided or ranger guided visit. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis. We recommend that you contact us at least three months in advance of your desired date for ranger-led programs. To schedule a program for the East Side (access through Estes Park), please call 970-586-1338. To schedule a program for the West Side (access through Grand Lake), please send an email to our education department.

Fee Waivers
To request a fee waiver for a self guided visit, submit an e-mail, letter, or FAX to:

Fee Program Assistant
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, CO 80517

FAX (970) 586-1451

Fee waivers must be requested in writing, on the institution's letterhead at least two weeks prior to the visit. Include a statement about your group's educational objectives.

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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