Close your eyes and return to nature.

Experience the natural atmosphere surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, and a morning mist in a calm, pristine setting. Here, you’ll discover the Rocky Mountain Park Inn nestled in the heart of this quaint, year-round community of beautiful stores and shops, cafes and restaurants, and great stops along Elkhorn made just for people watching. Not only that, it truly lives up to its name for outdoor adventures from world-renowned fly-fishing to highly regarded rock climbing and superb mountain bike terrain to unlimited miles of hiking trails.

As a desired destination of Colorado visitors for centuries, when you spend any length of time here, you’ll understand what the locals mean about what brought them to Estes Park, and what makes them stay.

Estes Park welcomes visitors year-round! Please use the map below to find directions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How close are you to Rocky Mountain National Park?

A: We are only 4 miles to the entrance.

Q: Is Rocky Mountain National Park open year round?

A: Yes, the Park is open all year as well as the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. However, Trail Ridge Road, which takes you across the Continental Divide, is closed during winter starting in October. Spectacular Bear Lake Road is an alternative as it is open and maintained all year.

Q: What are the entrance fees to Rocky Mountain National Park?

A: The Park does charge entrance fees. The chart below reflects the rates:

Rates beginning October 1, 2015



Per Person


1-Day Pass




7-Day Pass




An annual pass for Rocky Mountain National Park allows unlimited entry to this park for $50 a year. The $80 America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is good for one years' entry to all U.S. recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. The America the Beautiful - Senior Pass, a lifetime pass to all federal recreation areas issued to citizens or permanent residents age 62 and over, is available for a one-time processing fee of $10. The America the Beautiful - Access Pass is a free lifetime pass issued to blind or permanently disabled U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Passes are available at all park entrance stations.

Q: Do you allow pets?

A: Sorry, We do not allow pets.

Q: Is it cold in the summer?

A: The days are sunny, but it's Colorado, the weather can change in 5 minutes. We recommend you always wear layers and prepare for spending time at high elevations.

Q: Do you have any suggestions of things to do during our visit to Estes Park that kids might enjoy or that we could do as a family?

A: There is an excellent program for families and kids through the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. You can choose from a variety of activities including geocaching, hiking with a naturalist (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) or photography. These three-hour seminars are designed to introduce kids and families to the fun of learning about the wonders of nature through guided discovery. You select the day and topic, and they will provide a morning of exploration and learning. Call 970-586-3262 to arrange your adventure.

Q: How close are you to other services in Estes Park?

A: The Rocky Mountain Park Inn is centrally located to every guest service in town: gift and convenience stores, beauty salons, medical services, automobile repair and rental, and banking.

Q: How far are you from Denver International Airport?

A: Approximately 70 miles, which is about a one and a half hour drive time.

Q: Can you suggest things to do for our group event planned in Estes Park?

A: Of course we can. You can start by exploring Rocky Mountain National Park! You can also design an Explore RMNP custom outdoor seminar for an individual or organized group. This can include anything from hiking with a naturalist, to fly-fishing, wildflower identification, photography, elk behavior and much more. You pick the topic and dates and Rocky Mountain Nature Association provides the instructor. Visit Rocky Mountain Nature Association or call 970-586-3262 to arrange your adventure.

Q: Are there activities and fun things to do in Estes Park during the winter?

A: Estes Park is known for its year-round activities. Not only is the Park open all year, the Town of Estes has many other things to do. For additional information call the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-443-7837.

Q: What environmental awards or recognitions has the Rocky Mountain Park Inn received?

A: In 2003, our environmental management system called Forever Earth was certified to ISO 14001. The Rocky Mountain Park Inn, a Forever Resort property and one of the first U.S. multi-site hospitality, lodging and marina providers, is certified to ISO 14001:1996 for all its domestic operations. ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

Forever Earth Green Program

The benefits of initiating our Forever Earth program in accordance with ISO 14001 standards are many, which include: identifying areas for reduction in energy and other resource consumption; reducing environmental liability and risk; helping maintain consistent compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements; preventing pollution and reducing waste; improving community good will; promoting our brand by utilizing “green” products and demonstrating our commitment to high quality and customer service. If you have any questions about our Forever Earth program, please let us know. We love customer feedback and will be delighted to answer questions about our environmental efforts.

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