Rocky Mountain National Park FAQ

Q: Where can I see wildlife?

A: There are reliable locations where many of the park's wild animals may be seen , but never fed by humans.

Q: Where can I walk with a stroller or use a wheelchair?

A: Accessible trails are available at Coyote Valley, Sprague Lake and Lily Lake.

Q: Is Trail Ridge Road Open?

A: Trail Ridge, the highest road in any US National Park (12,183'), is generally open seasonally from the last weekend in May through mid-October. Current road conditions

Q: Where can I camp?

A: The park has five campgrounds . Two take reservations, and the others often fill early in the day during the summer.

Q: Where can I hike to see beautiful lakes and waterfalls?

A: You can view high mountain lakes and waterfalls, or hike to scenic mountaintops, at these suggested locations .

Q: Where can I walk with my dog?

A: Dogs must be leashed and are only allowed out along roadside pullouts and developed park areas (like campgrounds and picnic areas). Please see our pets page.

Q: Where can I backpack and camping the park's backcountry?

A: The park has more than 120 backcountry sites . A permit is required for overnight camping in the backcountry.

Q: Where can I call to find out about current park conditions?

A: First look at today's report about road, weather and park conditions. Then there are a few numbers which you may call.

Q: What are some good winter hikes or snowshoe routes?

A: The east side of the park typically has poor winter skiing, but excellent winter snowshoes and hiking options .

Q: What trees occur in the park? Mammals? Fish? Birds? Amphibians and reptiles? Exotic Plants? Butterflies and moths?

A: On-line lists are available of park trees , mammals , fish , birds , amphibians and reptiles , exotic plants and butterflies .

Q: What should I know about being safe around park bears, mountain lions, and lightning storms?

A: Especially if you have small children or will be hiking above treeline, there are some things which can make your visit safer .

Q: What are you doing with all the collected entrance fees?

A: In 2001 the park used $4,000,000 of collected fees to improve facilities and services parkwide, including new restrooms, and improved campgrounds, trails, roads, visitor centers, and free shuttle buses. Your fees are at work!

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