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Bring your students to the outdoor classroom of Rocky Mountain National Park!


Schedule a Field Trip or Classroom Program
Rocky Mountain National Park offers year round educational programming for grades K-12. Programs are scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Before Making Your Reservation
Please review the selection of field programs offered for your grade level. Select a program and have three preferred program dates in mind.

Education Programs
East Side (accessed through Estes Park) West Side (accessed through Grand Lake)
Elementary Programs Classroom Programs
Secondary Programs Field Trip Programs
Winter Programs Winter Programs

Please Note:
Programs are offered mid January - early November.

Make a Reservation
Call 970-586-1338 (east side - access from Estes Park) or e-mail (west side - access from Grand Lake) to schedule a program reservation. Please keep in mind, reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you call at least three months in advance of your desired date for optimal availability.

Please have the following information when calling or e-mailing to schedule your trip:
1. Three or more preferred dates.

2. The age/grade and number of students.

  • Spring and fall programs are limited to 60 students.
  • Winter programs are limited to 30 students (Multiple days can be scheduled to accommodate larger schools). We request a minimum of 7 participants.

3. School phone number and address.
4. Your phone number (cellphone is preferred) and e-mail address.
5. Special needs or other pertinent information for your group.
6. The topic or program that you would like for your group.

Confirmation of Your Reservation
After making your reservation, you will receive an email containing a confirmation letter and pre-visit packet that includes directions, a fee waiver for free entrance into the park (if applicable), a list of field trip essentials, student expectations, and chaperone expectations.

To cancel a program, please call 970-586-1338 (east side - access from Estes Park) or e-mail (west side - access from Grand Lake) at least two weeks in advance of the date of your program.

Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. In the case of a weather cancellation, we will contact you to discuss possible rescheduling options. If you are concerned about the weather conditions, please call us. Programs may be rescheduled to a later date, however, we cannot guarantee a reschedule date.

Programs may be canceled for groups who are more than 30 minutes late without prior contact with us.

Field Trip Information
Field Trip Duration: Most programs are designed for a 4 hour visit, including lunch.

Chaperone to Student Ratio: We require that you provide at least one chaperone for every 10 students. We recommend a ratio of four to one for grades K-2 and a ratio of six to one for grades 3-5.

Field Trip Cost: All education programs offered by Rocky Mountain National Park are free for school groups. Our program is funded by your tax dollars and donations to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Rocky Mountain Conservancy at 970-586-0108.

Accessibility: There are a few wheelchair accessible trails within the park and all of our visitor centers are ADA accessible. Most of our programs can be relocated or modified to provide accessibility. Please let us know if you have any participants that require an accessible site.

Location and Directions: Please click here for a park map and driving directions. For a school group specific look at your field trip site check out our Education Sites Video Tours.

Weather: Please click here to connect to NOAA's weather page for Estes Park.

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A Big Thank You to Our Park Partner

Rocky Mountain Conservancy, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's park partners, provides funding to support educational field trips and programming.

This program, and many other park projects like it, would not be possible without donations to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

Last updated: April 25, 2022

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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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