Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park is the best way to experience this Colorado park's many faces. To some it is an peak-bagging paradise; to others it is a backpacker's best friend. With 349 miles of Rocky Mountain trail to explore, you will have more than enough variety to decide for yourself. Stop by the park's favorite hikes to get a glimpse into our local park. Or make it a stop along the way as you trek along the Continental Divide Trail, which runs across the park.
No matter where you go, mountains will not be far behind; Front Range peaks dot the landscape in every direction, with 14,000-foot Long's Peak towering over them all.
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.
Get high fast on this 9.1-mile, out-and-back to Fern and Spruce lakes, which sit in gorgeous alpine valleys beneath the Little Matterhorn and several other commanding peaks.
This 12.4-mile out-and-back sweeps under a giant evergreen forest to a blossoming burn zone, then ends at an alpine lake perfect for stargazing.
This moderately challenging 7.2-mile hike to a photogenic summit proves that sometimes it's not how high you climb--it's where you climb.
Moose, knee-high flowers, two alpine lakes, and infinite views are just a few reasons to hike this 19-mile loop in the Never Summer Wilderness.
Summit a lesser-traveled 13,000-foot peak, then catch some summer alpine fishing at Timber Lake on this 13.4-mile out-and-back.
Following an ancient glacial retreat, this 13.5-mile out-and-back on the East Inlet Trail traverses moose country toward a couple of lonely alpine lakes.
Rushing waterfalls, mountainous views, and a healthy dose of altitude highlight this 6.3-mile loop in Rocky Mountain National Park.