You no longer need a reservation to visit Rocky Mountain National Park

Those who wish to visit Rocky Mountain National Park during the remainder of fall and winter no longer need a reservation to do so.

As of October 12, visitors can simply walk up to one of the park gates and pay an entrance fee to access the 415 square miles of forest and alpine tundra. A day pass costs $ 25 per car or motorbike.

The park, one of the busiest national parks in the country, has started requiring a scheduled reservation for entry in 2020 to limit the number of people present daily during the pandemic. The system was restored this year during peak months (May 28 to October 11) and officials considered making reservations permanent requirements.

The Rocky Mountain National Park saw a record number of visits in 2019, welcoming more than 4.6 million people, more than Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park and Zion National Park in the same year, according to the National Park Service. In 2020, this plunged to about 3.3 million people.

Still, the Rocky Mountain National Park remains an extremely popular destination during the summer months. In August, 746,343 people visited for recreational purposes, the National Park Service reported.

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