While park passes are still required, timed-entry reservations are not needed to enter RMNP starting October 13.
In a news release dated October 9, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) stated that reservations will no longer be needed to enter the park starting October 13, 2020. RMNP is modifying current systems, including ending the timed-entry reservation system put in place initially on June 4, to prevent large crowds in the park and thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19.
In efforts to use a phased approach to increase access, RMNP has sought "guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state public health authorities, as the park continues to increase public access and services. The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic."
The timed-entry reservation system is still in place through October 12. Beginning October 13, no reservation is required to enter the park. Though park passes (daily, annual) are still required for entrance.
“We would like to extend our appreciation to all park visitors, our local communities and our partners for their support of our modified operations this summer,” said Superintendent Darla Sidles. “With the health and safety of park visitors, employees and surrounding community residents guiding our decisions, the timed entry permit system enabled us to more safely manage the pace and flow of visitor use throughout the day, reduce crowding, and provide an improved visitor experience in alignment with the park’s safe operational capacity during these extraordinary times.”
Please continue to travel and interact responsibly. Do not enter the park if you are feeling sick (with or without specific COVID-19 symptoms), qash your hands frequently, and keep a mask handy for when you are near others on trails or popular lookouts.
Pack a snack and a jacket as you head to RMNP. On your way, check out these top spots to capture Colorado's magnificent fall colors.
Where is your favorite spot in Rocky Mountain National Park? Share your thoughts in the comments below.