Trail Ridge Road travels from Estes Park to Grand Lake, passing by Horseshoe Park, glacier-carved valleys, towering peaks and sparkling lakes. Make sure you make a stop at Forest Canyon Overlook and Many Parks Curve, which offers views of Horseshoe, Moraine and Estes Parks. Trail Ridge Road is only open between late May and late October because of snowfall during the winter.
When the snow hits in the winter, there’s still plenty to do in Rocky Mountain National Park.In fact, we created a whole guide for winter activities! Put a snowy twist on a hiking adventure through the park. Strap on your snowshoes and hit the trail for a serene (and sometimes challenging) walk through a wintery wonderland. Some of the best snowshoe trails in the park include Bear Lake Loop, Sprague Lake, Gem Lake, Cub Lake, The Pool Loop and Deer Mountain Hike.
Visit Nearby Grand Lake
If you’re looking to cool down on a hot day, consider diving into one of the many lakes throughout Northern Colorado, one of which is located right next to RMNP, just about a mile away from the west entrance. Nestled along the quaint, historic town with the same name, Grand Lake is a large natural lake known for its incredible views and water sports. It is actually the largest and deepest natural lake in the entire state!
Visitors head to Grand Lake in the summer for kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming and much more. And all year long, there is no shortage of things to do around the lake, including hiking, snowmobiling, picnicking and simply taking in the views of mountains reflected on the glassy water. In fact, head to Point Park for the best view of Mount Craig, also known as Mount Baldy, a distinctive 12,007-foot peak.