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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
18 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. Very moderate. Totally covered in snow (11/21). Did it in my boots and was fine, but some spikes would’ve been useful in a few spots. Worth heading to the lakes along the way. Fog and snow made for some incredibly stunning views of the mountains. Windy by the lake, but worth the cold! Would love to see it in the summer.

Awesome trail. Wish I had not lost my silver Patagonia down vest on it. If you find it, please call me 770-597-3711. I'll give you an award for being an awesome person.

11/18/17: Mills Lake Trail:

Challenging but rewarding; The weather was brutal but the views were amazing. I went on a very windy day and still had a blast. Snow up to my knees and we still saw people hiking their way up in just tennis shoes and sweatshirts. The temp with the windchill had to be in the single digits; I couldn't believe their determination.

Will be back.

horseback riding
2 days ago

So beautiful at the top.....

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful and accessible. Great views. No National Park fee required.

Pretty snowy right now. Not much ice yet though. I would recommend some gaiters and microspikes though. Parking is easy and the roads are clear to the trail head.

hiking
3 days ago

We were first people on the trail and had to do some route finding. Got off the trail a couple of times. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
3 days ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

on Estes Cone Trail

3 days ago

We wore spikes and gators today. Pretty easily followed the well-placed cairns to the summit.

Beautiful hike with amazing winter wonderland like views. Did this in the summer and felt like a completely different hike in November! Be safe and wear your microspikes!

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous area. Good traction strongly advised right now. The light layer of snow hides the treacherous ice on many parts of the loop.