Taking Nature's Course
Where hikers tread, so do runners. Favoring gravel or dirt paths over paved roads, trail runners seek solace and scenery in places where cars don't go. They find ample opportunities in Estes Park thanks to trails in Rocky Mountain National Park and the national forest lands. Run along river paths or head towards mountain summits. A trail favorite is the Pole Hill area located in the national forest. After an initial steep climb, the trail levels out to a more moderate terrain, all the while showcasing sweeping views of the village of Estes Park and the lofty mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Following the conclusion of the Estes Park Trail Ascent, a 5.9-mile trail running race and conference held each October, trail running in the area, and thus area trails are likely to garner more attention in the years to come. In fact, Estes has added additional trail races to its roster.