An important tip for a day in the Park --- Pack a Picnic Lunch! With your food on-board, you won't need to stop exploring and return to town to eat. Ask for Take-Out, or a Box Lunch - a number of local restaurants provide them.
The Park provides roadside picnic areas with tables, some with fire grates, and all with beautiful scenery! Use of portable grills is prohibited in some areas. Many have vault toilets, with summer flush toilets at Beaver Meadows, Hidden Valley, and Sprague Lake on the East side, and Kawuneeche on the West side.
Day use picnicking is prohibited in all 5 Park Campgrounds through the summer.
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
Big Thompson/Kiley Cottages Picnic Area
Endovalley Picnic Area
Hidden Valley Picnic Area
Hollowell Park Picnic Area
Lawn Lake Horse Ramp Picnic Area
Lawn Lake Trailhead Picnic Area
Lily Lake Group Picnic Area Picnic Area
Lily Lake Shore Trail Picnic Area
Longs Peak Ranger Station Area Picnic Area
Prospect Canyon Picnic Area
Prospect Canyon South Picnic Area
Sprague Lake Picnic Area
Tuxedo Park Picnic Area
Upper Beaver Meadows Mid-way Picnic Area
Wild Basin Picnic Area
West Side, Rocky Mountain National Park
Beaver Creek Picnic Area
Beaver Ponds Picnic Area
Bowen/Baker Picnic Area
Colorado River Trailhead Picnic Area
Coyote Valley Picnic Area
East Inlet Trailhead Picnic Area
Green Mountain Trailhead Picnic Area
Harbison Meadows Picnic Area
Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Lake Irene Picnic Area
Never Summer Ranch Trailhead Picnic Area
North Inlet Trailhead Picnic Area
Timber Lake Trailhead Picnic Area
In Estes Park, there are 3 picnic areas on the shores of Lake Estes (North shore, South shore, and Marina), and one in Stanley Park.
In Grand Lake, there are 4 picnic pavilion areas: Lakefront Park, Point Park, Town Park Gazebo, and Town Park.
For your Day Trips and Scenic Drives, National Forest Picnic Areas are found in:
Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder District
Roosevelt National Forest, Canyon Lakes District
Roosevelt National Forest, Clear Creek District
Arapaho National Forest, Sulphur District