Rocky Mountain National Park Continues Entry Permit Reservations

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colorado (KDVR) — Adventurers across America will once again have to go the extra mile to visit one of the nation’s most popular national parks. Rocky Mountain National Park has announced that they will continue to implement their timed entry permit reservations beginning May 27.

According to the park, visitor numbers have increased by 42% in the past seven years, reaching more than 4.6 million visitors in 2019. Due to visitor congestion, RMNP has experienced negative impacts on security, resource protection and the visitor experience.

Reservations run from May 27 to October 10 and include two types of permits.

The first permit is for the Bear Lake Road corridor. It includes the entire corridor from the intersection of Trail Ridge Road to the Bear Lake Trailhead, as well as access to the rest of the park. The reservation period for this permit runs from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second permit applies to the rest of RMNP, with the exception of the Bear Lake Road corridor. The reservation period for this permit is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each permit allows visitors to enter the park within two hours of availability.

How to apply for a permit?

RMNP reservations go on sale through the recreation website at 10 a.m. (MDT) on Monday, May 2. The park will sell permits in phased releases depending on the date, the phases are below:

  • The first permit round will go on sale on May 2 with available dates from May 27 to June 30
  • Round two will go on sale on June 1 with dates available for the entire month of July and any remaining dates not booked in June
  • The third phase will go on sale July 1 with dates available for the entire month of August and any remaining dates not booked in July
  • Phase 4 will go on sale August 1 with dates available for the entire month of September and any remaining dates not booked in August
  • The final phase will go on sale September 1st with dates available for October and any remaining dates not booked in September

According to RMNP, this year’s reservation system is driving a higher number of reservations per day. Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips in advance, but 30% of permits will be held at 5pm the day before

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