Rocky Mountain National Park Maps

Rocky Mountain National Park Maps

Rocky Mountain National Park maps are essential for planning your visit.

A variety of maps are available, depending on whether you plan to go for a pleasant drive or bag the highest peaks.

Basic Rocky Mountain National Park Maps

The basic Rocky Mountain National Park map is the same as the one in the Official Park Brochure you get when you pay your entrance fee.

Topographical or Quad Map of Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy bookstore carries both topographical and quad maps.

We recommend the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Map (affiliate link) as an essential topo map; it is sufficient for virtually all trail hiking needs in the National Park.  The USGS quadrangle maps are necessary only if you plan to do more complex, off-trail travel.

Hiking Maps

The Park Service also publishes small, simple hiking maps of popular areas, such as:

Bear Lake Summer Trails
Bear Lake Winter Trails
Fall River Trails (includes Lumpy Ridge)
Kawuneeche Valley Trails
Longs Peak Area Trails
Longs Peak Summit Keyhole Route
Wild Basin Summer Trails
Wild Basin Winter Trails

If you would like a hiking guidebook to take along, we suggest Kent Dannen’s Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park, especially for day hikers.

We are much less enthusiastic about Lisa Foster’s Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide due to some of the questionable recommendations it makes, but it is also a popular guidebook.  (affiliate links)

Shuttle Bus Maps

There are three shuttle routes servicing the park, which operate during the summer and early fall only.

The Bear Lake and Moraine Park routes travel along the Bear Lake Road, from Moraine Park Campground and Moraine Park Visitor Center all the way to Bear Lake.

The Hiker Shuttle carries people between Estes Park and the National Park, with stops at the Park and Ride lot at the Estes Park Fairgrounds, the Estes Park Visitor Center, and Rocky Mountain National Park’s Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. (NOTE: Not running in 2021.)

Detailed information on shuttle buses, including maps, times, and months of operation, can be found on the National Park website.

The Estes Park Free Shuttle is for transportation within Estes Park.  It is available in summer.

More Rocky Mountain National Park maps, such as campground maps and backcountry site maps, can be found on the Rocky Mountain National Park website.

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