Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails near Grand Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

What wasn't damaged by the beetle kill mitigation project is now sadly burned due to the "Golf Course Fire" in late June early July 2018. It will hopefully be a great area to hike in less then 10 years.

Great short hike with kids. We did the “walk back through time” program that was offered by the Visitor center and it was incredible. It was a 2 hour program that you have to sign up for in advance. It rained on us the whole time but it was still an amazing experience for the kids

The trail is quite wide and flat; very driveway-like. The trailhead is easy to access, and the pleasant walk through the meadow to get to the site was lovely. We saw an entire heard of elk huddled together to try to shelter from the rain.
Lovely.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails in the park. There are some roads that turn to trail status that allow dogs but you have to check with the visitor center.

Stopped at this one while cruising trail ridge road. Nice little trail that was easy with a cool little old town to check out. Bridge over Colorado river was beautiful. Took us a half hour.

A great easy, flat walk to do with young kids. The homestead is a fascinating look at the hard life of early settlers. The volunteers could not have been any nicer or more helpful. They were super knowledgeable and friendly. Our kids (ages 5-12) leaned a lot and received their Junior Ranger badges and had a ball! Bonus-We saw a mama moose and calf very close to the cabins. Please note that the homestead cabins close at 4:30 so even though you can walk the gravel trail there won’t be anything to see if you go after that time.

walking
1 month ago

This is a nice/easy walk on the west side of RMNP. Not too much to see along the way. They website said the cabins would be open but once we reached them they were not so my kids were a little disappointed. Very easy walk for small children or people with physical limitations.

Great introduction to RMNP

hiking
1 month ago

We drove to the trailhead and it was closed due to a 20 acre forest fire. It was devastating to see. Hope to try again in the future.

off road driving
1 month ago

Mostly easy with some fun side trails. Enjoyed the ride.

Great little trail that saves the best for last. I agree the damage from beetle kill is distracting, but being able to take your dog along makes up for it. We saw a moose hanging out by the lakes, which offered great photo opportunities.

Lots of wildlife. Worth going a bit farther to Lulu City

Too much damage and debris from pine beetle mitigation work. Trail rerouted away from many of the best parts. Very disappointed.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the hike and the CO River was a nice break 1/2 way through the 4 mi hike. Didn’t see any moose but was on the lookout since we had our dog with us. Sad to see the forest hurt by the beetles and fires.

Well-interpreted historic site. Worth the short walk with kids.

June 3rd, this trail is closed still, I wished someone would have posted this and saved me the trouble. there's a trail that goes to the right of the entrance to stillwater pass but it ends after 1.5 miles. dead ends to a campsite with a cliff view however, not safe for children or drinking, cliff is 20ft away from campfire and there's nothing stopping anyone from falling over the edge

Starts off in the woods and covered for a while with bits of the river until you are right along side of it. We ran into MULTIPLE foxes on this trail so keep your wits about ya.

Love the west side of RMNP for less crowds and wildlife. Nice little walk with a good chance to see wildlife.

5/25. Nice walk with beautiful views. We saw a moose which was a wonderful surprise! We walked up to the old village but did not walk around the village.

We would have given this trail 4-5 stars last summer. Nice ponds, numerous trails, dog friendly, and even saw a moose that forced us to go through The Maze. In fact, this is where my profile pic was taken. However, went today and at least the entire north along River Trail is completely logged and piles of debris are covering the trails. Not sure which trails are still good. I would stay to the east and take Warbler trail to the south of The Maze. I hope at least the east and south are good.

hiking
11 months ago

Just hiked it with my uncle, cousin, brother and niece, all Shipler's and have a family tie to Joseph Shipler who lived in the cabin for over 30 years. Beautiful country and great hike.

We took the short guided tour of one of the cabins heard the very interesting story behind the property. The trail to the site crosses over the beginnings of the Mighty Colorado River. A Cow Moose with calf were hanging out by the parking when we went to leave. Nice side trip off the Trail Ridge Road.

You may spot a moose in the river!!!

All the trails are surrounded by dead or cut down trees. Not an interesting hike at all.

good trail. mountain biking. lots of options

Holzwarth Historic Site is a very easy walk that my kids loved. The staff there was friendly and patience. My kids were able to try on the buffalo jacket that they have there and they all tried to rope the fake steer there. We had a lot of fun learning about how they lived and on our way back we had to stop mid trail due to elk walking on it. Nice, easy trail that is good for any level. We walked it on June 30th.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's a nice mild hike, nothing too steep or too hazardous. There's a lot of criss-crossing trails to choose from, we followed the River Trail, which has a nice payoff. It seemed like there were a lot of cars in the parking lot, but we only ran into two people and a family of mountain bikers. Downside: there is a lot of fallen timber & logging, and swaths of it are kinda depressing to see. Saw two deer, plenty of chipmunks, but no moose or bears.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Fun, but not for family. Lots of rocks

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nice hike but due to the pine beetle - significant tree damage along hike. Ending spot is nice place on the river.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The trail was in amazing shape and really well maintained, so if this review was just based on that I would give it 5 stars! However, there were sooo many downed trees that it looked like you were walking through some sort of post apocalyptic movie scene. For that reason I can only give it 3 stars.

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