Marmot Point Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 328 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Near the top of Old Fall River Road is a short, but somewhat steep hike to great 360 views of mountains, forest, meadows, and canyons. Marmots will entertain your hike to the top. While this is easy for regular hikers, it could be a little challenge for non-hikers. You are above the tree line, so expect cool to cold winds, especially at the top. There is limited parking available and the trail is very easy to follow.

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8 months ago

Excellent drive with a lot of a wildlife. Saw a lot of elk and even a couple moose.

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rocky
9 months ago

the drive on fall river road was amazing. once we got to the trailhead we made quick work of it. since it is over 11,000 feet there are no trees so wear a hat! we also saw a herd of elk in the valley below, not to mention the marmots. so worth it.

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9 months ago

Short, but at almost 12,000 feet a good primer hike if you are not used to high altitude. As many have stated this is also a good hike for kids. My five-year-old and 3 1/2 year-old made it up and down unassisted. This is a true mountain, though dwarfed by surrounding peaks. Great views of surrounding peaks, snowfields with plenty of Marmots running around.

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10 months ago

This was an amazing hike - Awesome views, Informative signs, friendly people, a marmot, too! On the way up the 230ish steps, it’s 10 minutes of high exertion in short time - great for a person in ok shape but rough for a person in poor shape. But since its short, if a person in good shape is hiking with a person in poor shape, it’s only 10 minutes of moving at different speeds. On top and on the way down you’ll be moving nearly the same speed. :) Fun for all and all ages! We didn’t get sick despite being at a 12,000 foot altitude! A smart friend told me good advice - Only try this on the third day of being of rising altitudes (first day 4000ish, second day 8000ish, third day 12,000ish)

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Thu Sep 06 2018

This was the first hike I've ever done in the National Parks. While it looks shorter then it is, I made it to the top. My lungs were on fire, but the views made it totally worth it. I have the hiking bug now and need to go hiking much more often.

Fri Jul 27 2018

Awesome views, much less busy than the visitor center but have to drive Fall River road to get there - beautiful drive and worth it, just takes a while to get there

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Wed Jul 25 2018

great view. kids can walk this one we have see 13 marmots. is windy on the top. keep an eye on the weather.

Wed Jul 04 2018

Very nice views. Was quite windy up there. Saw a couple of marmots.

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Fri Oct 27 2017

I love this short but relatively steep trail to the summit of Marmot Point. The 360 degree views are spectacular, including looking back down to Old Fall River Road and across to Alpine Ridge. During my July visit, I passed grazing elk on the way up with an amazing backdrop of beautiful valleys and mountains. And the location is well-named, as there were marmots scurrying in many directions. Don’t be in a rush to reach the Alpine Visitor Center at the end of the road and miss this wonderful spot!

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Sat Sep 02 2017

Busy! But it's RMNP so it's worth it.

Tue Jul 11 2017

Quick hike up

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Sat Sep 24 2016

One of several places to stop and stretch your legs along Old Fall River Road. Great views in all directions as you are above the tree line. Yes, there is a reason they call it Marmot Point as the little critters will dot your path.

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