Are you planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park during peak season? Timed entry permits are required for the dates of May 24 through mid-October between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Outside of these dates and times, no permit is required. This system helps to control crowds and ensure a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Keep in mind: a valid park pass is required in addition to the permit, as well as during non-permit times.


Reservation Release Dates

Make sure to plan ahead and check the releases dates:


Release Date

Reservation Dates

May 1 at 8 a.m. MDT

May 24 - June 30

June 1 at 8 a.m. MDT

July 1 - July 31

July 1 at 8 a.m. MDT

August 1 - August 31

August 1 at 8 a.m. MDT

September 1 - September 30

September 1 at 8 a.m. MDT

October 1 - October 20


Permits can be reserved online at or by calling 877-444-6777. There is a $2 processing fee for each timed entry permit reservation. A valid park entrance pass is also required to enter the park.


Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • There are two different timed entry permit options to choose from: Timed Entry or Timed Entry + Bear Lake Road

  • Permits are valid for a specific date and time.

  • You cannot change your permit once it has been booked.

  • Be sure to arrive at the park entrance at the time specified on your permit.

By planning ahead and obtaining a timed entry permit, you can help to protect Rocky Mountain National Park and ensure a memorable visit for yourself and your family.

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