Estes Park Travel Planner



Travel Planner for Estes Park Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park



Rocky Mountain Blue Bird in Estes Park Colorado



Life is the way you wish it could be… in Estes Park.  This unique mountain town, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, is your portal to the number one tourist destination in Colorado — Rocky Mountain National Park! Here, you’ll find so much to do, see and enjoy you’ll want to make the most out of every moment.   The inspiring natural beauty of the Estes Valley will lift your spirits. The cadence of the mountain environment will both relax and invigorate you. And the friendly faces and hospitality you’ll encounter will make you feel at home.

Here are some helpful tips and resources to make planning your trip a little easier and hopefully….more complete.

Planning and Preparation are Essential for Estes Park Visits


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No matter what the season, visits to the welcoming wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park require planning and preparation. A few tips:

Most visitors arrive during the summer months. Expect lots of company on roads, along popular trails and in parking areas, especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when camping reservations inside the park and lodging reservations outside the park are imperative. If you want to avoid the crowds go into the park early and late in the day.

Don’t push your physical limits in this region located above 8,000 feet. Altitude sickness symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat and insomnia. If symptoms persist, go to lower elevations. The #1 cause of Altitude sickness is dehydration.

Keeping well-hydrated is very important while visiting the park, but there is limited drinking water available.  Please bring your own reusable water containers and refill them at park visitor centers.

For further information, visit the park’s official website at call the Rocky Mountain National Park Information Office 970-586-1206.






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Backcountry information: 970-586-1242


Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day year round.   Visitors can enter or exit at any time. If they intend to stay overnight, visitors must be in a designated campground site or a backcountry campsite reserved by a valid permit.


The area’s USDA Forest Service lands offer campgrounds and other recreational opportunities, including hiking, water recreation, four-wheeling, hunting, mountain biking and winter sports. Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests 970-295-6700 Fort Collins, 303-541-2500 Boulder.  Arapaho National Recreation Area 970-887-4100.