4819
Estes Park
Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park
With over 355 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is known as a must-explore for hikers. So lace up your boots and get ready to learn a lot — this one is not to be missed!
Program No. 4819RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199
Getting There
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At a Glance

Experience a hiking adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, home to emerald-tinted lakes and thick forests of the Continental Divide. Led by naturalist guides, hike the area's unique ecosystems and the heart of the National Park as you observe wildlife and majestic scenery. Travel past glistening streams and waterfalls and above the forests to a landscape opening to the barren moonscape of Mills Lake and the fragile treeless tundra of the Longs Peak massif. A special treat is a drive over Trail Ridge Road, America's highest continuous road at 12,100 feet, where herds of elk graze along the roadside.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Hiking 8-12 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 8,000-11,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Rocky Mountain National Park’s pristine and less-traveled southern portion known as Wild Basin.
  • Hike the headwaters of the Big Thompson River to Cub Lake and the amazing alpine glacial valleys Glacier Gorge and Loch Val.
  • Explore areas where elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares and many other mammals inhabit year round.

General Notes

For a women-only version of this program, see "Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park for Women" (#17551).
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Peter McCarville
Peter McCarville is a consulting geologist, geological instructor and educator who has lived in Colorado on the western slope since 1995. He also works as an instructor and program designer for Mountains and Plains Institute (MPILLS), leading hiking and skiing excursions, while making cameo appearances as a geology expert on other programs. He has a wonderful ability to convey complex natural history in layman's terms.
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