We’re getting lots of questions about access to Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. After first saying there would not be any reservation system this summer, the park recently announced a timed-entry reservation system for park access May 28 through October 11.
There are two parts to this new system. First, if you wish to access the Bear Lake Road corridor (circled in BLUE on this park map) between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m., you will need to make a reservation.
HOWEVER, if you don’t plan on visiting the Bear Lake Road area but only other parts of the park, the reservation requirement starts at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The important message, in our minds, is that IF YOU CAN ENTER THE PARK BEFORE 9 A.M. (or after 3 p.m.), you don’t need a reservation to visit the vast majority of the park.
For OUR birding days, we always enter before 9 a.m. so the new reservation system won’t impact our trips. You can read about the reservation system here and you can go directly to the reservation system here.