Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park: Beaver Mountain Trail

Thanks to only a little elevation gain, this 7-mile loop offers flatlanders great rewards (big views, wildlife, solitude) without much suffering. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season).

CONTACT Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206;

-Mapped by Kris Wagner

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.3



Location: 40.386818, -105.6101

Deer Ridge Junction: Hike S of US 36, following signs to Bear Mtn. Trail


Location: 40.382282, -105.608765

Huge rocky thrones sit alongside trail


Location: 40.379452, -105.607117

Turn R; trail crosses swampy meadow then climbs a sun-baked knoll


Location: 40.376999, -105.607986

Turn R onto Bear Mtn. Trail


Location: 40.379482, -105.622482

Gentle climb to a snow-white aspen grove


Location: 40.374184, -105.625664

Cross Beaver Brook; look downstream for deer foraging along the grassy banks; begin easy ascent around the E-side of Beaver Mnt.


Location: 40.364944, -105.626465

Spur Trail: Turn L to a gnarly outcrop with impressive views Moraine Park and a sea of dramatic peaks; return to trail and turn L


Location: 40.360382, -105.631287

Turn L onto Beaver Meadows Trail; small overlook on R; path passes under the outcrop described above


Location: 40.369202, -105.617554

Keep L @ Y


Location: 40.373051, -105.614067

Trail exits @ Upper Beaver Meadows trailhead; head E on gravel road


Location: 40.37265, -105.612465

Turn L back onto trail; marmots scurry in a meadow of blue-green sage brush


Location: 40.376934, -105.608032

Turn R to end loop, then return .9 miles to trailhead