Scheduled entry permit reservations are in effect starting at 9 a.m. For all areas of the park outside the Bear Lake Road corridor. Rocky Mountain National Park has enacted a scheduled entry permit system to distribute inbound traffic. These bookings sell out fast, but don't worry, there's still a lot to do if you don't get one.
To reduce crowds, eliminate wait times and help preserve natural resources, an increasing number of national parks are limiting visitation and requiring early reservations this summer. Upon arrival at the park entrance gate, the scheduled entry permit holder and the park pass holder must be prepared to show their booking confirmation, valid park pass, and valid photo identification for permit holders. Visitors should note that a reservation does not guarantee parking in a specific parking lot or at the trailhead and provides access to a certain part of the park. To reduce the hordes of people flocking to Bear Lake at the same time, the park has two different reservation systems, one for the entire park and one for the park, minus the Bear Lake Road corridor.