Rocky Mountain National Park

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National Park Services

When planning your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park we suggest you take time to review the National Park Service (NPS) Web site. NPS maintains a current and informative Web site for the Park. It's an invaluable resource for planning your visit and we offer the following direct links to key information published on the Web site. We hope you find them helpful.

Visitor Centers

In addition to visiting the NPS Web site, stop by any of the six visitor centers in the park. Staffed by NPS rangers and volunteers, this service helps ensure your trip through the park will be enjoyable.

Alpine Visitor Center

Located at Fall River Pass on Trail Ridge Road, this visitor center can be reach from either the east or the west entrance of the park. You can also reach Alpine Visitor Center from Fall River Road. The views are spectacular from this point in the park. You'll find exhibits about the natural history of the area, a bookstore, restrooms and ample parking at this center.

Be sure to stop at the Trail Ridge Store and Café in the Clouds in the building right next door for unique souvenirs and fresh and tasty foods and hot and cold beverages. Please visit our Trail Ridge Store Web page for more information.

Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day Weekend to Mid-October: Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

View a relief model of the park and an informative orientation file to help you plan your visit. Located near the East entrance on U.S. 36 by way of Estes Park, Colorado, this visitor center serves as the park headquarters.

Hours of Operation:
Summer: Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fall, Winter & Spring: Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Fall River Visitor Center

Pick up program schedules, hiking, fishing, camping and back country information. Enjoy wildlife displays and viewing guidelines. A gift store, restaurant and stables with horseback riding are also available right next door. Located a few miles from the Old Fall River road on U.S. 34 on the east side of the park.

Hours of Operation:
Open daily, year-round: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holzwarth Historic Site

On the west side of the Kawuneeche valley sits the Holzwarth Trout Lodge. Fully-restored to its 1920's guest ranch splendor, Denver saloon keeper, John Holzwarth, Sr. and his wife, Sophie built this western dude ranch as a way to start a new occupation due to the enactment of prohibition. This historic site located on U.S. 34 seven miles north of the Grand Lake entrance. Catch a guided tour and view period furniture, tools, and other equipment that made this ranch comfortable to mountain travelers of the time. A 1/2 mile walkway and electric cart offer accessibility to the structures.

Hours of Operation:
June 20 through September 4: Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kawuneeche Visitor Center

Located one mile north of Grand Lake, Colorado at the west entrance of the park, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center offers ranger led walks, a 20 minute movie on the park, slide shows, a bookstore and backcountry permits. Handicap accessible restrooms are also available. This visitor center is an excellent resource for becoming familiar with park. Learn about the Ute and Arapaho American Indian tribes, as well as the first settlers who came by way of the gold rush, fur trade and hunting expeditions. Find out about the ecological issues facing the park today, as well as the wildlife indigenous to the area.

Hours of Operation:
Open daily, year-round: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Moraine Park Museum

Located off Bear Lake Road, 1 1/2 miles from the Beaver Meadows entrance, the Moraine Park Museum is an insightful starting point for visitors. The building was once called the Moraine Park Lodge and was originally built in 1923 and housed a dance hall and tea room. It opened as a museum in 1937 and now visitors can find interactive displays about the weather, ecosystems and the human impact on the park.

Hours of Operation:
Open daily, year-round: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.





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