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.
Estes Park is home to the US Trail Running Conference, an annual celebration of trail running. Whether you're an experienced trail runner, an ultra-marathoner, a trail newbie, a trail race director, or somewhere in between, this Conference is for you, providing inspiration & education through expert guest speakers, presentations and an expo. The Conference is held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association. After the Conference, take part in the annual Estes Trail Ascent, a 5.9 mile trail run held by the Estes Park Running Club. More trail races are being added to the roster, so make sure to check back for latest updates.