Each of these Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers have park rangers on hand to answer your questions and a small gift shop. Most of them also feature museum-style exhibits and ranger programs.
Admission is free, although Moraine Park Museum and the Alpine Tundra Museum are located inside Rocky Mountain National Park’s entrance gates, so you must pay the park admission fee to see them. Hours vary depending on the season; check with the park for details.
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center – The main Rocky Mountain National Park visitor center features a large, interactive relief map and a free, short movie about the park. Open all year.
This unique building was designed by Taliesin West, the architectural firm founded by Frank Lloyd Wright.
(For a very detailed history of this building, with historic photos, see the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Book.)
Moraine Park Visitor Center/Museum – This rustic building, built in 1923, was once a “tea room” for the former Moraine Park Lodge. This visitor center features interactive geology exhibits and information about plants and animals. The sun room upstairs has a fantastic view and comfortable rocking chairs. Open daily in summer.
Fall River Visitor Center – This visitor center serves the Fall River Road area (one of two entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park). The upstairs area showcases various animals and their sounds, the downstairs has a history exhibit where kids can play dress up. Open daily in summer.
Next door is a large gift shop, restaurant, and horseback riding. The gift shop and restaurant are open all year.
Alpine Visitor Center/Alpine Tundra Museum – Discusses animals and plants that live on the alpine tundra (the area above treeline) in Rocky Mountain National Park. Next door is the Trail Ridge Store, a large gift shop with a cafeteria. Open daily in summer.
Kawuneeche Visitor Center (Grand Lake side) – This visitor center, located on the Grand Lake side of the park, has a few small exhibits about Rocky Mountain National Park and shows the free park movie. Open all year.
All of the Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Centers are well worth a visit.