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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in north-central Colorado contains some of the most popular hiking trails in North America. Situated between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, the park hosts 76 mountains over 10 thousand feet high within its 412 square miles. The national park service runs five visitor centers with the headquarters at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center— just off highway 36 in Estes Park. In addition to amazing hikes, the park has some great scenic drives, including Trail Ridge Road, which takes visitors along the continental divide on the highest paved road in the country, and Old Fall River Road, a challenging dirt road that takes you to the Alpine Visitor Center at Fall River Pass - the highest national park visitor center in the United States at almost 11,800 ft. The park has four distinct ecosystems: montane, subalpine, alpine tundra, and riparian where lucky visitors can see wildlife such as mule deer, bighorn sheep and cougars. The high country of the park features many crystal clear alpine lakes, fantastic summits, and stunning views. The Estes Park Shuttle provides service from Denver International Airport to downtown Estes Park, and many shuttles run between the various trailheads, the Moraine Park Visitor Center and even the Glacier Basin Campgrounds. Many visitors use Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge as their starting point into the park.

hiking
4 hours ago

Beautiful and easy for families with small kids. Trail starts getting icy after the falls so if you are not prepared I would not go much further. Falls on that ice hurt!

hiking
5 hours ago

Hiked on Thursday 12th. It was beautiful ! Amazing views. Plan for at least 3 hours. Steep trail in some parts but no problem if you are in half way decent shape. Chipmunks at Gem Lake are super cute!!!

hiking
6 hours ago

Snowed intermittently during the hike. Would definitely bring layers and recommend micro spikes for some sections. You can definitely hike without spikes, but we found them reassuring :) Gorgeous hike.

hiking
8 hours ago

10 hours ago

on Emerald Lake Trail

13 hours ago

Nice trail with great scenery. However on weekends it is very busy and trailhead parking can be limited at Bear Lake.

Went yesterday and we started very early. The hike is not hard but the ice on the trail make it difficult. No words to describe the beautiful towering Canyon enchanted by gorgeous Lake Loch. We tried Sky pond but did not make it due to icy trail and we don’t crampons. Will definitely coming back this summer.

hiking
14 hours ago

A fun trail for family, well marked with great views . The lake is small but worth the hike .

loved this hike! the first part is a challenge, but well worth the work once you see the views from the lake.

We did not have time to go all the way to Loch Vale today, but the trail to the falls is a beautiful short walk. It was a little icy in some places, but not wet or muddy.

furthest lot was still open yesterday. pretty empty past ouzel falls. snow add ice on the trail were minimal. great views of longs, meeker and other peaks after ouzel falls. great pine forest and smaller water falls up to that point. lake itself is partly frozen at this point

Doable! Make sure to bring your micro spikes , especially for the short frozen waterfall climb

Great scenic trail thats not too strenuous when you're on a tight schedule. Start early and beat the heavier trail traffic.