To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.
In Rocky Mountain National Park, hiking is the number-one activity. Whether you are walking around a peaceful lake trail or climbing a 14er, this park has something for you! We have compiles a short list of hikes at a variety of skill levels, so you can find the perfect trail adventure for you.
For those with restriction of time, mobility or skills a simple trek around a lake or meadow will suffice quite nicely. The ambiance and wildlife are just as spectacular if you aren't huffing and puffing up a steep mountainside, after all. We suggest trying these trails out:
Looking to challenge yourself a bit more and spend a good part of the day hiking along beautiful trails? These moderate day hikes provide big views for a relatively short time on the trail. Be sure to start early in the morning during summer months to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, pack a lunch or snack and wear layers!
Please note that the hikes listed below are technical hikes for experienced hikers only. Please do your research on the official Rocky Mountain National Park website and take all precautions necessary for your safety.
For information on additional hiking in the Estes Park area, including outfitters, guided options and pet-friendly excursions (as pets are only allowed along roadsides, in parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds in RMNP) please visit our Hiking section.
Winter hiking in Rocky can be quite different. Find details in the winter hiking section.