Winter, spring, summer or fall — no matter the season, there’s always something to do at Rocky Mountain National Park, a renowned national park encompassing 415 square miles in the Front Range near Estes Park. Here, visitors (and there are a lot of them — more than 4.5 million per year!) can experience a multitude of outdoor activities, from hiking in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter. All the while, stunning natural beauty abounds, from ice-capped mountain peaks to sparkling rivers, all occupied by beautiful wildlife.
To help you navigate this massive park and all that it has in store, we created this guide complete with the top activities you can do here. Whether you’re visiting from elsewhere in Northern Colorado or from across the country, we hope you enjoy your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park!
One of the best ways to experience RMNP is by hiking along one of its many trails, whether you’re looking for an easy stroll or a more challenging climb. Several of the best hikes near Estes Park are located within the park, including Bierstadt Lake Loop, Gem Lake, Ute Trail, Ouzel Falls, Loch Lake and more. If your visit lands during the fall, embark on one of these hikes immersed in fall foliage.
Drive Along Trail Ridge Road
Driving along the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road is one of the most scenic drives in the region and one of the best ways to experience Rocky Mountain National Park — and see the Continental Divide as it cuts through Colorado. Built between 1929 and 1939, this historic trail cresting at 12,209 feet is the highest continuous paved road in elevation in the country.