Timed Entry Permit System

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#KnowBeforeYouGo - Timed Entry Permit Reservations are needed along with a park pass/entrance fee in order to enter Rocky Mountain National Park if you're visiting from May 27 through October 10, 2022.

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Entering Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Reservations are not currently required to enter
Rocky Mountain National Park.

Timed Entry Reservations will be required to enter the park between May 27 and October 10, 2022. To enter the park during the summer season will require two things:

  • A Timed Entry Permit or a reservation with a service, such as an in-park camping reservation, horseback riding reservation, or commercial tours (Service Reservation)
  • Plus a Park Pass or Entrance Fee for your vehicle.
 

Open Period to Purchase a Timed Entry Permit Reservation

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through www.recreation.gov.
  • Reservations will become available on May 2 at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park from May 27 through June 30.
  • Reservations will become available on June 1, at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park during the month of July (and any remaining days that have not been booked for June).
  • Reservations will become available on July 1, at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park during the month of August (and any remaining days that have not been booked for July).
  • Reservations will become available on August 1, at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park during the month of September (and any remaining days that have not been booked for August).
  • Reservations will become available on September 1, at 10 a.m. (MDT) for reservations to enter the park during the month of October (and any remaining days that have not been booked for September).

Initially, 25 to 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. through recreation.gov. These are expected to sell out quickly and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible.
 
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Timed Entry Permit Reservations, including access to the Bear Lake Road Corridor

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Times and Locations Requiring a Timed Entry Permit Reservation

There will be two types of reservations available.


One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which will include the entire corridor and access to the rest of the park (see correlating Infographic A).

  • This reservation period will be from 5 a.m. (MDT) to 6 p.m. (MDT).
  • Reservations are not required on the Bear Lake Road Corridor before 5 am or after 6 pm.
 
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RMNP Timed Entry Permit Reservations: Option 2 - Park Access, Excluding Destinations Along the Bear Lake Road Corridor

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The second permit will be for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor (see correlating Infographic B).

  • This reservation period will be from 9 a.m. (MDT) to 3 p.m. (MDT).
  • Reservations are not required for this area prior to 9 am or after 3 pm.
  • Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability.
  • The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park.
 

Reserving a Timed Entry Permit Reservation Online

Entry Reservation Tickets are available online at www.recreation.gov or:

  • by calling the Reservation Line: 877-444-6777
  • Reservation International: 606-515-6777
  • Reservation Line (TDD) 877-833-6777
  • or by using the recreation.gov mobile app (iOS/Android).
  • Reservations are Not available at park entrance stations or park offices.

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are free but require a nonrefundable $2 reservation processing fee.

Visitors are encouraged to set up their Recreation.gov account in advance and secure a Timed Entry Permit Reservation prior to arriving at the park.

Once you set up an account, you will select the day you plan to visit the park, add it to your cart, and process payment.

  • Visit the article on the Recreation.gov Help Center for detailed information on purchasing a reservation.
  • After payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with an attached Entry Reservation Ticket. Visitors should save the entry reservation ticket (e.g., print, download, screenshot).
  • Timed Entry Permit Reservations are non-transferable and resale or auction of reservations is prohibited.

Reservations will be based on approximately 90 percent of the park’s total parking capacity.

 

Qualifying Park Passes and Entrance Fees Include

Rocky Mountain National Park Entrance Fees and Pass
  • 1-Day Pass - Automobile - $25
  • 1-Day Pass - Per Person - $15
  • 1-Day Pass - Motorcycle - $25
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass - $70

America the Beautiful Passes
  • Annual - $80
  • Every Kid in a Park Annual 4th Grade Pass – Free to 4th Graders
  • Annual Pass for Military - Free
  • Annual or Lifetime Senior Pass - $20 or $80
  • Access Pass – Free
  • Volunteer Pass - Free

Lifetime Golden Age Passes are also honored.
Click here for more information on Park Passes and Entrance Fees. In addition to the passes and fees listed above, entry to the park will require a Timed Entry Permit Reservation or a Service Reservation, as described in the detailed information on this page and on the map above. Please read through this information carefully.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on the Timed Entry Permit Reservation System

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest national parks, third in the country in 2019 with over 4.6 million visitors. This represents a 42 percent increase in visitation in seven years.

Visitor crowding and congestion at RMNP have led to increased negative impacts to visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experience and operational capacity. The park has piloted various visitor use management strategies over the last six years, including managing vehicle access to first-come, first served (2016-2019) in highly congested areas. These first-come, first-served restrictions had some limited success initially, but over time began to lose effectiveness: length of time they were necessary kept expanding and impacts were pushed elsewhere.

The park piloted different park wide timed entry permit reservation systems (2020-2021) and will be piloting a system again in 2022.

The park is learning from these different actions since 2016, to help inform long range day use visitor access strategies.

There will be two types of reservations available.

One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which will include the entire Bear Lake Road Corridor (from the Trail Ridge Road junction to the Bear Lake Trailhead) and access to the rest of the park. This reservation period will be from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second permit will be for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road Corridor. This reservation period will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability.

The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park.
Once you set up a Recreation.gov account, you will search for "Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Entry" (https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086910). You will be able to choose a Timed Entry Permit option, one with access to Bear Lake Road or one that excludes access to Bear Lake Road.

Next, select the day of your visit and your preferred time. Add the reservation to your cart and make the payment.

Visit the Recreation.gov Help Center article (https://bit.ly/3t0EVqE) for more details on purchasing a permit. You will receive an email confirmation with an attached permit. Print out a copy of your permit. If you are planning to access an outlying area of the park you must have a printed copy of your permit on your dashboard (see question below).
Reservations will go on sale through www.recreation.gov beginning at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Those reservations will be for May 27 through June 30.

The next release will begin June 1, at 10 a.m. MDT, for the month of July and any remaining days that have not been booked for June. On July 1, at 10 a.m. MDT reservations will be available for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July.

On August 1 at 10 a.m. MDT, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days in August that have not been booked. On September 1, at 10 a.m. MDT reservations will be available for October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.

Initially, 25 to 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. through recreation.gov. These Timed Entry Permit Reservations are expected to sell out quickly. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible.
The initial phase allocates approximately 90 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity which works out to 20,000 visitors per day, or 7,200 vehicles over a 24 hour period. Park staff will monitor and adapt the system accordingly.
The timed entry system will provide for advanced daily reservations for private vehicles. The booking system will be for arrivals, in blocks of two hours. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park.

The Bear Lake Road Corridor Timed Entry blocks are 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rest of Park blocks (excluding Bear Lake Road) are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
There is no length-of-stay requirement. Once you enter the park, you may leave the park at any time. The only restriction is on when you can enter the park. You must enter Rocky Mountain National Park within your reserved 2-hour window.
Yes. Once you’ve entered the park during your two-hour entry window, you can exit and re-enter the park as often as needed for the rest of the day.
Yes, a Timed Entry Permit Reservation is required to enter the park even if you have an existing park pass.

Annual passes cover the payment of entrance fees, so in this case an Annual Pass/Senior Pass/ Access Pass holder will only need to pay the $2 reservation fee. All park visitors are required to participate in the reservation system.
The reservation fee is $2 per day. A day pass to Rocky Mountain National Park is $25, a weekly pass is $35. You can purchase the applicable entrance pass at the park's entrance stations.

If you already have a valid Interagency Annual Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass or Senior Pass, you will just have to pay the $2 reservation fee using www.recreation.gov.
You may cancel your Timed Entry Reservation up to 24 hours prior to your visit.
No. All permits are non-transferable.
Yes. A Timed Entry Permit Reservation is required to enter ALL areas of Rocky Mountain National Park during the times when timed entry is in effect—including driving over Trail Ridge Road (US Hwy 34)—when arriving by vehicle whether a visitor parks within the park or outside the park boundary. This includes but is not exclusive to Lumpy Ridge, Lily Lake, Longs Peak, Wild Basin, East Inlet, and North Inlet. An entrance pass is required 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all areas of the park.  Entrance passes can be purchased at go.nps.gov/RockyFees or at park entrance stations. Please keep in mind when purchasing an entrance pass online, you must also have a Timed Entry Permit Reservation to visit the park when Timed Entry Permits are in effect.
Yes, if you are planning to visit one of the park’s outlying areas, please print and display your Timed Entry Permit Reservation on your dashboard. In addition, please be prepared to show a ranger your permit if asked.
Yes, Timed Entry Permtis are valid for one day only. You will need to make a reservation for each day of your visit.
The reservation system does allow for some limited last minute reservations. Initally, 25 to 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time through recreation.gov.

These are expected to sell out quickly and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible.
All Timed Entry Permit Reservations must be made in advance through recreation.gov. They are not available at park entrance stations, visitor centers or the park's Information Office.

Reservations can be booked online or through the recreation.gov mobile app. Don't have access to a computer, you can call the Reservation line (Toll-Free) at (877) 444-6777, the Reservation line (International) (606) 515-6777, or the Reservation line (TDD) (877) 833-6777. There are no same day sales at the park or through park offices. Many public libraries have free computer or internet access available.

Visitors with campground reservations and wilderness camping permits will use those permits as their timed entry reservations. Timed entry access varies based on which campground you are staying at. You may enter the park on the first day of your camping reservation. Entrance fees apply and can be paid at the entrance station. Visitors must have these camping permits in advance. There will be no same day sales at the park’s campgrounds. Visitors must have their camping reservation confirmation visible.

Park visitors who have reservations to camp at Moraine Park, Glacier Basin and Aspenglen Campgrounds will have access to Bear Lake Road corridor and the rest of park. Park visitors who have reservations to camp at Timber Creek Campground will have access to rest of park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. The Longs Peak Campground will be open this summer beginning in July. As always, this is a first come, first served tents only campground. Park visitors camping in this campground will need a timed entry permit reservation to visit any areas of the park or visit outside the daily reservation windows. Their campground stay will not include a timed entry permit reservation in the park.

Glacier Creek Livery, inside RMNP, will be open this summer. Visitors should book their horse rides at Hi Country / Glacier Creek Stables (rockymountainhorserides.com).

The horse ride reservation will act as your Timed Entry Permit and will allow visitors into the park and the Bear Lake Road Corridor up to two hours prior to the scheduled horse ride.

There are additional liveries adjacent to the park who also provide horseback riding opportunities into the park. For a complete list: Goods & Services - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service).
Your Timed Entry Permit Reservation allows you access to the park, including access to all trails.
The park shuttle bus system is operating this year on the in-park routes, the Bear Lake and Moraine Park Routes. Masks are required on park shuttle buses. The shuttle bus schedule will be the same as previous years with start times beginning at 6:30 a.m. and can be found on the park’s website and at park shuttle stops.
No. Your Timed Entry Permit Reservation guarantees your access to the park on that day and during that time window.

The reservation only applies to access to the park. It does not guarantee access to all locations within the park or parking spaces within the park.

Parking areas may fill at any time. Visitors who have a Bear Lake Road Corridor permit will need to remain flexible on their destination and/or plan to use the shuttle to access popular trailheads. Timed Entry Permit Reservations do not guarantee the holder a parking space at a specific trailhead.
You can also enter the park before 9 am or after 3 pm MT daily. Give yourself plenty of time to reach an entrance station prior to 9 am, as long lines at entrance stations may delay your arrival time. 

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are not required to visit the rest of the park (excluding access to the Bear Lake Road corridor) before 9 am or after 3 pm daily. Park entrance fees still apply.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA), Special Use Permits (SUP), Concessioners and Commercial Tours do not need a Timed Entry Permit Reservation for their trips into the park. Their permitted use is being accounted for in the overall reservation system and constitutes less than 3 percent of park visitation.
At this time, if you are entering the park via bicycle you will not need a Timed Entry Permit Reservation, however you will need to pay the appropriate park entrance fees at the entrance stations.
A Timed Entry Permit Reservation is required to enter ALL areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, during the times listed above, when arriving by vehicle whether a visitor parks within the park or outside the park boundary.
 
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