All visitor centers are accessible to mobility-impaired people (although the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is not completely accessible). The Sprague Lake, Coyote Valley, Lily Lake, and Bear Lake trails are all accessible loops of hard-packed gravel, ½- to 1-mile long. The Bear Lake trail is not entirely flat and is considered the most challenging of the accessible trails. A backcountry campsite at Sprague Lake accommodates up to 12 campers, including six in wheelchairs. The Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek campgrounds also offer some accessible sites and restroom facilities. All in-park shuttles and bus stops are wheelchair accessible.
Park Fees and Permits
Entrance fees are $20 per automobile for a weekly pass, or $10 if you enter on bicycle, motorcycle, or foot. An annual pass costs $40.
Backcountry camping requires a permit that's $20 per party from May through October, and free the rest of the year. Visit www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcntry_guide.htm before you go for a planning guide to backcountry camping. You can get your permit by mail, by phone, or in person. To get it by mail or in person, you can apply any time after May 1 for a permit for that calendar year (Backcountry/Wilderness Permits, Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Hwy. 36, Estes Park, CO 80517). By phone, you can reserve a permit for that calendar year between March 1 and May 15 and after October 1 (970/586–1242). In person, you can get a day-of-trip permit year-round at one of the park’s two backcountry offices, located next to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and in the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
The park is open 24/7 year-round; some roads close in winter. It is in the Mountain time zone.
Cell phones work in some sections of the park, and free Wi-Fi can be accessed in and around the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
Call 911. You can also call the park's dispatch office at 970/586–1203. There are emergency phones at Cow Creek, Lawn Lake, Longs Peak, and Wild Basin trailheads.
Medical assistance is available at visitor centers and ranger stations at Longs Peak and Wild Basin (daily in summer, weekends only in winter). Estes Park and Granby have medical centers.
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