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ENTRANCE and fees

Enter from East side

Entrance Stations to the Park

Beaver Meadows Entrance Station and Visitor Center– four miles west of Estes Park

Enter From West side

Grand Lake Entrance Station and Kauwuneeche Visitor Center


Entrance Fees

Fees are :

$20 per automobile

Or for those walking or on bikes then $10 per person

Fees to be paid at the Rocky Mountain National Park entrance station and are valid for 7 days including the day of purchase.


Driving the Trail Ridge Road

From Estes Park to Grand Lake is 48 miles, rising 12,000 feet in elevation, and then back down again. Due to the inclines and switchbacks you should allow 3 hours and more if you want to stop for some hiking which would be a good option as the road itself is busy in summer.


Lookout points

Famed for its views all along the road there are nevertheless some key points that shouldn't be missed, and which are great places to stop for that photo op:

  • Deer Ridge Junction
  • Hidden Valley
  • Beaver Ponds East
  • Many Parks Curve
  • Rainbow Curve
  • Forest Canyon
  • Rock Cut
  • Tundra Communities
  • Iceburg Pass
  • Lava Cliffs
  • Highest Point
  • Gore Range
  • Alpine Visitor Center
  • Medicine Bow Curve
  • Milner Pass
  • Continental Divide
  • Lake Irene
  • Fairview Curve

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