Rocky Mountain & Estes Park FAQs

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Q: When is Rocky Mountain National Park open?
A: Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Q: How much does it cost to get into Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: The entrance fee to Rocky Mountain National Park is $20 per car for one day. A seven consecutive days pass can be purchased for $30. There are 12 Fee-Free Days through out the year. See the actual dates here, as well as more info on fees.

Q: Can I take a bus to Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: Yes. Comfort Inn guests can walk or take the Visitor Shuttle to the Visitors Center. A bus to Rocky Mountain National Park runs on a regular basis. Shuttle buses begin operation in May.

Q: Where can I see wildlife?
A: Often, you can see Elk wandering in front of the Estes Park Comfort Inn, as well as throughout the downtown area. For information on the best wildlife viewing areas in the Park, see this page on the Rocky website.

Q: When is the elk rut in Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: The peak of the elk rut (or mating season) is mid-September through mid-October. However, elk are visible and active all year long.

Estes Park

Q: What is the population of Estes Park?
A: Estes Park has almost 5,900 full-time residents. Another 3-Million+ visitors come to Estes Park each year to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.

Q: What can kids do in Estes Park?
A: One of our favorites is enrolling your child in the Junior Ranger Program in Rocky Mountain National Park. Or, just going for a hike. Even the most devout young gamers often discover or rediscover the beauty and wonder of nature out here in Colorado. There are also commercial activities such as whitewater rafting, guided fishing, miniature golfing, go-karts, and adventure tours.

Q: What’s there to do at night in Estes Park?
A: In addition enjoying our great restaurants, unique shops (open late during summer), downtown confectionaries and ice cream shops, theatrical and musical performances, moonlight drives across Trail Ridge Road, star-gazing (like you’ve never seen stars before), ranger-led programs in the Park, and sitting around a campfire, there are a number of traidtional nightlife spots in Estes Park including Mary's Lake Lodge (nightly live music), The Rock Inn, The Wheel Bar, and Lonigans.