Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Rocky Mountain National Park, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Rocky Mountain National Park, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

Important essentials for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly option.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can become worn. An unreadable vaccine card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

General health necessities

Rocky Mountain National Park is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some. For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen

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What to wear/what to pack for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America by month

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January

If you are traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park in January, you will notice that it is very cold. Expect it to rain or snow 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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February

February in Rocky Mountain National Park is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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March

If you go to Rocky Mountain National Park in March, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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April

If you are traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park in April, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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May

In May, Rocky Mountain National Park is chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Rocky Mountain National Park, with several of the days of the month having rain.

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June

June here is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains or snows a bit less than half of the time.

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July

If you vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park during July, you might see that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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August

Traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

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September

If you vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park during September, you will probably see that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet regularly.

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October

If you go to Rocky Mountain National Park in October, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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November

November is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows 5-10 days this month.

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December

December is very cold. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

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Activities for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you go to Moraine Park Visitor Center, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

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