Upper Beaver Meadows Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

1.1 miles
114 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Estes Park: Follow Hwy 36 west to the Park Headquarters. From the Headquarters, drive 2 miles and look for the Beaver Meadows Road on the west side of the road on a hairpin curve.

14 days ago


maybe horses hadn't been on the trail in a while and we got lucky, but horse poop was not a problem, lol. we took a 4 year old to complete his rocky mountain junior ranger badge on this and it was perfect. it was a beautiful hike through meadows and woods, and with beautiful views. I highly recommend this hike for small children.

2 months ago

Nice enough scenery, but horse droppings are a serious issue. Much of this trail is covered with weeks/months of horse crap, of which you will be enjoying the aroma as you attempt to sidestep the constant steaming piles. If you can handle this as well as I could, then the trail is a-OK.

2 months ago

It's so beautiful. Did not see any beavers, but, we saw lots of elk. beware the pinecones. I slipped on one and sprained my ankle lol.

2 months ago

Horses clearly come through here, because we were walking around their droppings the whole time. The dry dirt circular path is underwhelming compared to the other paths in the park, but it is very easy to walk.

3 months ago

Not dog friendly, wanted to hike it but was under the impression dogs were allowed. Once we got there and wanted hike there was a big sign that said NO DOGS ALLOWED. Least to say we didn't get to hike. what a big disappointment. Please, update your information.

Misty Neal

5 months ago

On this app it says dog are allowed on trail but when you get there it says no dogs! Please update your info!!

5 months ago

Trail had outstanding views, there were only a few other people on the trail today. Be sure to check for ticks, i didnt have on any repellent, but i had on long pants tucked inside boots and long sleeve shirt and when i got back to the cabin i had a tick on my neck.

7 months ago

3-25-18 Nice cool down hike for the afternoon. Road closed so a bit confusing but you can get in there and either go clockwise or counterclockwise. From the road closure more like a 3+ easy hike. Nice family hike for the young and old alike.

10 months ago

Nice, easy hike. The views were incredible. Kind of got lost though... roads were closed and we started off to the left of the closed road. Checking in with the map attached periodically, I think we were off track. But still nice little hike :) we headed over to Gem Lake after this, in case you need something else to do!!

11 months ago

Saw elk herd and was a gorgeous view.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Nice short loop trail. We saw a few Elk along the way.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great for families with small children.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Okay, but definitely not one of the best in RMNP.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Upper Beaver Meadow Road was closed, so we parked off the mail road and walked. Dogs are allowed on the road (we saw at least three people with dogs on leashes), but not on the actual trail.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

This is a good nature walk for groups and families. It is a horse trail, so beware. Often see animals in the Fall weeks. Not as pretty as other hikes.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

As another here has suggested, do the Beaver Mountain Loop which combines some trails for a much better experience. Doing in mid September is even better with the aspens in color within this area. Easy to moderate 6 mile hike.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

nice wander through the trees, good for kids

Friday, May 27, 2016

The view on the trail was almost completely of dead trees. The trail is also a horse trail so it's covered with horse dung. The highlight is the trailhead at the car park, there is a good view of the mountains, a stream, and the meadow which the elk seem to like. Skip the hike and just enjoy the view from there.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Easy and a pretty hike.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nice hike with a cold stream at the end.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

great trail for birding

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Not challenging, but beautiful surroundings and lots of elk. A nice family activity for a weekend afternoon.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Did this hike in the Spring took pics of a herd of Elk, A great meadow to hike through

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

We did the Beaver Meadows Loop which joins 3 trails to make a nice 5.1 mile glorious hike through Aspens and Ponderosa Pines. The Welcome Center has it mapped out cuz most online sources don't. If you hike this in the fall it's guaranteed Elk. They are eating the Aspens. If you do the loop it gains 900 ft. But it's gradual. This is a fav hike.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Easy, Fun trail with great views, and got to see quite a few Elk.

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