Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

#2 in Best Things To Do in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Key Info

1000 US-36

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

To get an educational overview of the park, it's wise to stop in at one of RMNP's visitor centers, such as Beaver Meadows. According to recent visitors, the park rangers are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and can help you decide which trails to take, depending on your time and skill level. Along with books and maps, you can also purchase (or rent) equipment like walking sticks or cleats.  

Recent travelers said a stop at Beaver Meadows (located near the park's main entrance along Highway 36) is a must, reporting that the friendly, helpful rangers gave valuable tips about how to get the most out of an RMNP vacation, including what roads and trails might be closed. 

The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is open year-round, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., though it operates on reduced hours in the fall, winter and spring. It is free to access with park admission. For more information, visit the National Park Service website

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