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Best trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 215 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 113 moderate trails in Rocky Mountain National Park ranging from 0.6 to 39 miles and from 7,805 to 13,047 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular natural parks featuring 76 mountains each over 10 thousand feet high. Equally enjoyable on foot or from your car, there are four separate ecosystems: montane, subalpine, alpine tundra, and riparian. Each has its own wildlife, beautiful scenery including alpine lakes, fantastic summits, and stunning views. The park is open all year round, but there will be closures due to weather. The park is easily accessible by shuttle from Denver International Airport and many shuttles run between the various trailheads, the Moraine Park Visitor Center and even the Glacier Basin Campgrounds. Fees: All passes are available at all park entrance stations. 1-Day Pass - Automobile - $25.00 Valid for date of purchase. Covers single, non-commercial vehicle with capacity of less than 16 passengers. 7-Day Pass - Automobile - $35.00 Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Covers single, non-commercial vehicle with capacity of less than 16 passengers. 7-Day Pass - Per Person - $20.00 Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups. 7-Day Pass - Motorcycle - $30.00 Valid for seven consecutive days (including date of purchase). Covers one motorcycle. 1-Day Pass - Per Person - $15.00 Valid for date of purchase. Applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups. 1-Day Pass - Motorcycle - $25.00 Valid for date of purchase. Covers one motorcycle. Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass - $70.00 Unlimited entry for one year from date of purchase
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Map of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Park information
Acreage
265807 acres
Contact
970-586-1206
Top trails (215)
#1 - Fern Lake Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
Fern Lake Trail is a relatively uncrowded hike to a scenic mountain lake accessed from the Moraine Park area on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail follows the Big Thompson River Show more
#2 - Emerald Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
This scenic hiking trail to Emerald Lake from the Bear Lake Trailhead is a popular route in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hikers will pass pristine alpine lakes including Nymph Lake and Dream Lakes anShow more
#3 - Bierstadt Lake Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Bierstadt Lake Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#4 - Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. (https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm)Show more
#5 - Gem Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Gem Lake is a great little hike with some awesome views of Estes Park. The hike starts just outside of Estes up Devils Gulch Road. Turn on to Lumpy Ridge Road and park in the lot. Dogs are not allowShow more
#6 - The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Once you make your way to The Loch, you will experience some of the pristine beauty that the Rocky Mountains hold. The view of the canyon Show more
#7 - Chasm Lake [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
Trail is fantastic. First part follows the Longs Peak Trail through the woods. Climb is consistent and gentle, very easy. It steepens a bit once you get past the tree line, especially in the stretch iShow more
#8 - Alberta Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
Family-friendly, easy hike from Glacier Gorge Junction trailhead. Beautiful falls and views of surrounding peaks. One of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, it can be quite crowdedShow more
#9 - Dream Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Starting at the Bear Lake trailhead in Glacier Gorge, follow the signs for Nymph lake, your first destination. In summer it is filled with lily pads. Heading up to Dream Lake from there follows a wellShow more
#10 - Deer Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Deer Mountain Trail is a great hike to Deer Mountain Peak that offers panoramic views from the top. The trail can be accessed at the Deer Mountain Trailhead off of Trail Ridge Road. The trail starts Show more
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