Rocky Mountain National Park discontinuing timed reservation system put in place amid COVID

DENVER — Rocky Mountain National Park is discontinuing a timed-entry reservation system that was put in place to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The reservation system last year limited vehicle entries to 60% of the park’s maximum parking lot capacity, The Denver Post reported. This year, park officials say they will continue restrictions when necessary and could introduce other pilot programs to manage congestion and crowding. 

“We will learn from the temporary timed-entry permit system last year and incorporate lessons learned as we move forward with our visitor use management planning efforts,” said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson.

Rocky Mountain National Park has imposed intermittent vehicle restrictions since 2016 on Bear Lake Road, in the Wild Basin Area and at the Alpine Visitor Center. Those restrictions will continue. 

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