Backpacking in Rocky Mountain is world-class; the park contains approximately 355 miles of trails—this includes perfect trails for those who have recently developed a passion for backpacking, and also trails for those who have many, many miles under their boots. When planning a backcountry trip in the park, it is important to know the itinerary you are aiming for, but to be flexible as well, in case the sites you desire are unavailable. You can look at the Wilderness Campsite Map and the Wilderness Site Details to help plan your itinerary. You can also check out Wilderness Campsite Availability List to see if any of the sites you desire are available for the dates of your trip.
Wilderness Permits are required for all backcountry trips in Rocky Mountain National Park. Reservations can be made in advance for campsites; below we will outline when, where and how to apply. However, walk-ins are also available, if there is space. There is a $30 fee for all permits, both reservations and walk-ins alike, for trips between May 1st and October 31st. You can pick up your permits at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, or at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
If you are unable to secure the permits you want, or the reservation process seems like it will stress you out, consider going with a guiding company! The company takes care of all the logistics, including permits, transportation, meals, and provides all necessary gear, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and pads, trekking poles, etc. You can fully enjoy your national park trekking vacation while Wildland Trekking takes care of everything for you!