Rocky Mountain National Park, designated in 1915 and split by the Continental Divide, is 267,000 acres of natural wonder that your group will not want to miss. Surrounded by the Roosevelt, the Routt, and the Arapahoe National Forests, and located west of Fort Collins, Loveland, and Boulder with Granby and Estes Park as gateways, Rocky Mountain National Park is convenient to so much of Colorado yet feels a world apart. Visiting the park would be a unique activity for meeting participants or as a spouse program and is also well suited as a leisure group activity.
With 360 miles of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles of streams, the park offers vast terrain to explore on foot, bike, horse, atv, boat, snowshoe, or ski. There are hiking trails for all levels from quarter mile loops to 20+ mile multi-night hikes. Road cycles and hybrid bikes are ideal for the park, as riding off established roads is prohibited but there are miles to ride and even guided bicycle tours offered by Park Partners. A truly western way to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains is on horseback. Horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros are allowed in the park and there are two stables within the grounds and dozens more outside the park. Several roads are available through the park for atv off-roading and Jeeping, Trail Ridge Road, Fall River Road, and Bear Lake Road are popular scenic drives. Picture perfect Bear Lake is just one of many bodies of water to see when visiting the park. Ideal for canoes and kayaks, the many lakes of the Park are also excellent for fishing. More than 27 lakes contain known populations of the four species inhabiting the waters – brown, brook, rainbow, and cutthroat. In the cooler months, as early as November, there is enough snow accumulation on the western side to explore RMNP by cross country ski or snow shoe. An excellent way to experience the tranquility of the area, visitors can bring their own ski or snowshoe equipment or rent from a nearby gear shop. Snowmobiles are also allowed along a two mile stretch of the North Supply Access Trail in the southwest corner of the park, along with miles of trails in the National Forests adjacent to the park.
The park is open daily year round, however variable weather can cause gate/entrance closures, and the superintendent can implement area closures to protect resources or for safety. There are several visitors centers within Rocky Mountain National Park, including Alpine Visitor Center open daily from late May through early October, Beaver Meadows open daily year round, Fall River open year round on weekends, Kawuneeche open daily year round, and Moraine Park Visitor Center open daily throughout the summer. Individual entrance fee is $20 per automobile good for seven days or $40 for an annual pass, bicycles, pedestrians, and motorcycles are $10 per day.