Where to Stay, Shop, and Eat When Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park

Learn all about your options for staying in and around Rocky Mountain National Park as well information about restaurants, shopping, and other great activities just outside the park's borders.

Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds

Rocky Mountain National Park has five established campgrounds in the national park. Only one of them does not require a reservation. The others need to be booked well in advance...

Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Camping

Awaken to the sounds of nature in one of Rocky Mountain National Park's 260 designated wilderness campsites. There's no better way to reconnect with the natural world.

Estes Park Lodging

In beautiful Estes Park on the east side of Rocky you can find accomodations ranging from simple to luxurious. Whether you want a small B&B, a cozy cabin, or a fancy hotel, you'll find it all in this section...

Estes Park Campgrounds

If you are looking for a campground with all the amenities, Estes Park has you covered. They have a wide range of campgrounds to meet your desires and needs. (External Link)

Estes Park Restaurants

Estes Park has a wide range of restaurants from a quick grab and go to a romantic meal you won't forget. Find a complete list of restaurants here. (External Link)

Things to Do Around Estes Park

There are so many activities to do in Estes Park. You'll find many delightful stores, mini-golf, adventure parks, museums, coffee shops, fishing ponds, etc. (External Link)

Coming Soon....Grand Lake Lodging, Shopping, and Restaurants

Grand Lake is a wonderful place to stay and visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Over the next couple of months we will be filling out this section with lots of great information and connections for you to experience all that beautiful Grand Lake has to offer...

While visiting Rocky Mountain National Park you have a wide range of choices for accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and more. Nearly all of it is found just outside the borders of the park in the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Inside Rocky Mountain National Park itself you will find little in terms of accommodation or food. There are several large campgrounds in the park and wilderness tent sites, but no hotels or lodges. At the Alpine Trail Ridge Store on Trail Ridge Road, you can find a few snack items and drinks, but there is no other food for sale in the national park. All of the other lodging and food options are found outside of the park.

The town of Estes Park is the main hub for these services. Estes Park serves as the eastern gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a town of about 10,000 full-time residents located right at the edge of the park. Estes Park is a major tourist hub and has many hotels, lodges, campgrounds, restaurants, galleries, gift stores, as well as a handful of grocery stores.

The west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is bordered by the town of Grand Lake on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake. It is a small town with a full-time population of just over 500 people. Yet this small town offers numerous places to stay, a number of restaurants, many interesting shops, and two small grocery stores. Its wooden boardwalks give it an old-west feel and it is usually the quieter alternative to Estes Park.