Looking for a great trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 208 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 111 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!

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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
snow
1 day ago

Easy trail for any skill level. You could complete this in a suit with no problem. Very crowded, even on weekdays. Take the shuttle if arriving later in the morning. Great views of surrounding mountains. Once you’re done with this, do yourself a favor and try the Nymph/Dream/Emerald lakes trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy and pretty hike and just a preview to what’s to come further up the mountain....Dream and Emerald!

Lovely walk around a beautiful lake with stunning views. Couldn’t have given us a better preview for what was to come...Bear Lake should definitely be your first stop, simply to take in the natural beauty surrounding us!

hiking
1 day ago

Perfect start toward Emerald, which should definitely be your final destination. Dream is like the precursor to the most stunning views nature has to offer.

Probably the most scenic and beautiful hike I’ve experienced thus far. The trail was all ice on Saturday, though, which made it more difficult than it would have been had it not snowed. The steepness of the hike made for great cardio, and the payoff at all of the lakes on the way to Emerald made every step worth it. One part between Nymph and Dream was nightmarish because of the ice and snow, and we watched about 10 people fall around a bend by a cliff, but no injuries! We were all in the same boat! I love this hike and would do it again in a heartbeat next time I visit Colorado. Emerald Lake is one of those places you have to see in person to know it’s real! Stunning in every way!

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Hiked Wed, Oct 16. I went from Glacier Gorge trailhead. I got there at 7:45am and there were only a few other cars. It’s 2.4 to Mills Lake from that TH. Trail was average but the lake was beautiful. Totally worth the trip. It’s starting to freeze over. Lots of ice on the trail - I recommend spikes, I was sliding on some of the steeper parts. Pretty easy trail overall. The aspens have all dropped - would have been beautiful 2 weeks ago. Super sad to see how many people have carved their names into the aspens. Weather was ok. October mornings are cloudy. It was about 50 degrees but the wind was brutal, especially at the lake. Made it feel in the 30s. I saw some people in shorts on the way down and they looked miserable. I had the lakes to myself (I went to Jewel lake just around the corner - made it 6.25 miles roundtrip) and I was really surprised but thankful. The way down was pretty packed. I was glad to get there early. Lots of large groups and cars were pouring into the area. About 3 hours round trip with some time spent at the lakes. Awesome way to start a Wednesday!

Bowl hikes are few and far between... many want summits or waterfalls. But these views are fantastic -- edge of lake staring straight up. Long hike, but not too tough and you leave all the tourists behind down at Ouzel. Wild Basin is a special place once you get past the 4-5 mile marker.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Solid trail, started at 1245 finished at 330, spent an hour meditating at “summit”. Good sweeping alpine meadow views. Straight uphill the whole time and straight downhill on the descent. 6 cars at start, 0 cars at finish.

If you are a tourist and have time for only 1-2 hikes in park, would put this at the very top of the list. Water features alone are epic. Early Spring just after upper trailhead opens and the falls will be gushing. Once at the falls (basically you can touch the falls), take a hard left along the wall and meander up to the top of the falls. Views are incredible looking into the back bowls. Estes Cone (for summit experience) and this hike are on my must do for anyone visiting me. I have done these falls to many times to count... always a great time, especially in shoulder seasons!

Once up top, be sure and go right (north) and check out the cliffs over Helene. Epic views. Will know summit when you see sign post. Would avoid in winter. Skiers will be flying down Helene (intersection) trail and force you to jump out of way. Also skiers cut tons of tree downhill lines off flattop and make it impossible to stay on trail going up.I have done this trail many times in winter and have never seen the same winter trail twice.

Beautiful! We hiked around Bear Lake first and then walked over to the falls. It was very windy when we went and the ground was covered in snow, so dress accordingly. The falls were partially frozen over, very cool!

I would highly recommend this awesome trail. Beautiful nature and lakes

Beautiful hike. Couldn’t get all the way to sky pond the scramble was completely iced over. That was on sep 16

hiking
2 days ago

My boyfriend & I hiked this trail yesterday (10/15/19) & it may be our favorite so far. If you’re looking for something that’s a little more low key & not heavily trafficked, this trail is just that. We got to the trailhead early & there were only a few other people there. It is the Cow Creek trailhead but it can be confusing when you get there since the signs make no mention of West Creek Falls. We followed the map in the AllTrails app & it led us in the right direction. You have to go up past the building, past the small cabins & make a right to follow the trail up the hill (I think it was labeled Northbound trail, or something similar). It’s a steep incline for about a mile (we took a few breaks to catch our breath) then the view at the top is incredible. After that, you head down the back half of the mountain, which is a little steep & still icy/snowy in spots but manageable. After you cross the creek, it’s a pretty easy hike the rest of the way to the falls. The falls are spectacular & not to be missed! The hike took us around 3.5-4 hours with stopping for a snack at the falls, stopping for pics & quick breathers. We saw a few other people on our way back but it was pretty peaceful & serene the entire time, making this our favorite trail so far!

hiking
2 days ago

One of my most favorites. It was cold and windy, and the trail is packed down with ice, so micro spikes are a must for almost the entire trail.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Good steady climb with a good payoff at the end. Starts off pretty uneventful but the falls were worth it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Highly recommend! This was my favorite hike in RMNP! We went on 10/14. In order to get to sky pond and lake of glass you had to climb up a waterfall that was iced over. It was very challenging, but totally worth it! I would only do it if you feel comfortable!

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike on 10/14 and it was beautiful, but I wish I’d had spikes. Many areas are very iced over. I started hiking at about 9:15 am and had very little company until I was most of the way back down.

Icy! Brings spikes if you plan to do sky pond!

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

This was a beautiful hike lots of snow and ice spikes a must we started at 9 and made it to top of the frozen falls about 12 quite and peaceful not a lot of traffic will definitely do again. Frozen falls is almost impassable safely my girlfriend left me to finish not just I blame her was heart pounding scrambling down that ice.

hiking
3 days ago

We took the long way, coming in from the backside of the lake. We started at the YMCA and hiked near Glacier Creek and alongside the campgrounds. It was a great hike. Some early high gains, but it leveled off after a half mile or so. It is about 3 miles up, so be ready, but it’s in the woods most of the way. Some clearings for a good view and mountain across the valley is beautiful. The trail is tough early due to gains and horses, but the other 2/3 had good terrain for any speed/pace.

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