Q: Is there an entry fee to Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: Yes. An automobile pass that is valid for seven consecutive days is $20. Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and moped passes are $10 per person, not to exceed $20 per vehicle, also valid for seven consecutive days. An annual national parks pass is $80 and can be used at all national parks, monuments and areas administered by the National Park Service.
Annual passes to Rocky Mountain National Park are $40 and allow unlimited entry to Rocky Mountain National Park for one year from the date of purchase.
Q: Can I camp inside Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: Yes. There are five campgrounds in the park: Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, Aspenglen, and Longs Peak. Reservations for summer camping at Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds can be made up to five months in advance starting January 1. Fees are $20 per site per night while the water is turned on. When water is shut off for the winter, campground fees are $18 per night.
Aspenglen is open from Mid-Mary to late September. Longs Peak, and Moraine Park Campgrounds are open all year. Longs Peak Campground only accommodates tents.
Q: Where can I hike with my dog?
A: Your furry best friend is welcome on national forest land hikes, but only on a leash that does not exceed six feet. Pets are permitted in Rocky Mountain National Park, however they are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry. They are allowed only in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds. They must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and attended at all times. Pet etiquette dictates always cleaning up after your pet and disposing of waste in trash recepticles.
Q: Where is the park?
A: Rocky Mountain National Park is a five to 10-minute drive west from the center of downtown Estes Park.
Q: Whatâ€™s the weather like in Estes Park?
A: Estes Park's beautiful dry climate attracts thousands of visitors each summer from hot, humid climates at lower elevations. The low humidity makes the hot summer days (average high in July is about 85Â°) seem cool to those from other areas of the country. And our cool evenings (it can dip to under 50Â° at night in July) are extremely comfortable. Mornings are almost unfailingly sunny, winter and summer, and the frequent summertime afternoon showers usually dissipate in time for the nightly display of stars in the sky, made even more spectacular by the lack of urban light and air pollution. Winters are surprisingly mild, with highs usually in the 40s and lows in the 20s. Snow seldom stays on the ground for more than a few days. The village of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are two of the most accessible mountain areas in the state of Colorado because there are no mountain passes to cross en route and because the highways are well maintained year-round.
Q: What is the origin of the townâ€™s name?
A: The word â€œparkâ€ in the name â€œEstes Parkâ€ comes from the geologic description of a glacially cut level valley between mountain ranges. â€œEstesâ€ refers to one of the earliest settlers.
Q: What is the elevation of Estes Park?
A: Estes Park is 7,522 feet above sea level.