Best Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
By Allison Fitts & Lillian Robinson
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most iconic parks in the country and also one of the most accessible, at just about 2 hours north of Escape’s Denver depot. The park sees millions of visitors each year, all with different skill levels and interests when it comes to hiking around the park. As regulars to the park, we will break down our favorite hikes for all skill levels for your next trip to Rocky Mountain National Park!
Your exposure to altitude and experience with being at high elevations will impact your hiking at this park. Happy hiking!
Beginner Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake Nature Trail
Hikes around Bear Lake are some of the most popular and scenic in the park. This half-mile trail is a paved loop around the lake and can be done in a few short minutes or over a longer period of time, taking in the views of the surrounding mountains.
Adams Falls Trail
If you are spending time on the western Grand Lake side of the park instead of the eastern Estes Park side of the park, this trail is a great start to your visit. Located right by the entrance, this trail is a little less than a mile and has amazing views of the trail’s namesake waterfall.
Intermediate Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
Marmot Point Trail
During the summer months, the rustic Old Fall River Road is open to reach the highest point in the park, Alpine Visitor Center. Near the top, pull off to do this beautiful hike that overlooks multiple valleys and towering peaks. Although only a mile, this is a moderate hike because it is straight uphill. Keep your eye out for the cute marmots!
Deer Mountain Trail
This 6-mile hike has a lot of elevation gain, as you begin in a valley and end by summiting Deer Mountain. Get started early and be done by the afternoon so you can enjoy a slice at Antonio’s Real New York Pizza – an Estes Park staple.
Difficult Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
Longs Peak – Keyhole Route
This hike that culminates in summiting a “fourteener” (or 14,000-foot mountain) should only be attempted by very experienced hikers and climbers. Hiking Longs Peak requires some advance planning, as many do this lengthy hike over two days. As one of Colorado’s most iconic mountains and a fixture of the Front Range, Longs Peak is not to be missed.
Bridal Veil Falls
Enjoy all types of scenery and landscapes during this hike that spans a big section of the park. Bridal Veil Falls and the connecting Lumpy Ridge Trail are proper day hikes, so plan accordingly and pack appropriate provisions.
One of the best ways to experience Rocky Mountain National Park is by campervan! Rent yours today from Escape’s Denver depot.