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An Outdoor Activities Destination with Spectacular Mountain Views.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Denver’s playground for outdoor recreation is one of the most visited parks in the country. With spectacular hiking trails, mountain views, alpine lakes, fishing and a quaint gateway community, the park offers something for everyone.
Open / Close / Reopening Status of Rocky Mountain National Park due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last Updated: May 2, 2020
Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park
Fly fishing for trout is popular in the major rivers flowing out of the park. Brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout are available near roads and trailheads. The park also has numerous subalpine and alpine lakes which hold trout. They are reachable by a long day hike or overnight camping at a backcountry site.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park?
If the pass through the mountains is open (Memorial Day to mid-October), it takes about 90 minutes to drive the 40 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on the east side of the park to the Grand Lake Entrance Station on the west side of the park.
What city is closest to Rocky Mountain National Park?
Estes Park, a town with a population over 6000, is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, about 10 minutes away from the entrance. Loveland, Longmont and Boulder are the closest cities to the park.
How far is Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver?
The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is located about 90 minutes and 70 miles from downtown Denver. It is about 90 minutes and 80 miles from the Denver Airport.
How many entrances are there to RMNP?
There are four entrances to the park, with three located on the east side and one on the west side of the park. The Wild Basin Entrance, the Fall River Entrance, and the Beaver Meadows Entrance. The west side is via US 34 and the Grand Lake Entrance Station. The east side of the park can be reached from there by Trail Ridge Road, when it is open from Memorial Day to mid-October.
What is the best time of year to visit RMNP?
The majority of visitors choose to go to the park between June and September, when the average high temperature exceeds 65 degrees. However, the park has also been called a winter wonderland which offers sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other winter recreation.