Rocky Mountain National Park is ending its timed entry permit reservation system after Monday, Oct. 12.
The unique system for the National Park Service was put in place June 4 to reduce the number of visitors to the park as part of the federal plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
It allowed visitors to go online and book a two-hour window slot to enter and visit the park for as long as they wished. When the time slots were filled, visitors could only visit the park if they entered before 6 a.m. and after 5 p.m. or if they secured the few time slots opened two days prior to a visit. That allowed the park to decrease visitation by around 40%.
As of now, it is unknown if the system will be in place next year.
By late afternoon Friday, there were no reservation slots available through Monday at RMNP’s reservation page.
The park urges visitors to continue practicing safe COVID-19 practices, including wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet from others and frequently washing your hands when entering the park.
“With the health and safety of park visitors, employees and surrounding community residents guiding our decisions, the timed entry permit system enabled us to more safely manage the pace and flow of visitor use throughout the day, reduce crowding, and providing an improved visitor experience in alignment with the park’s safe operational capacity during these extraordinary times,” park Superintendent Darla Sidles said in a news release.
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