RMNP is gorgeous, and hiking in the park always takes our breath away every visit. Our top hikes (to date) are exceptional, especially for visitors to Colorado and families. Rocky Mountain National Park is one the most popular National Parks in the USA.

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GEM LAKE TRAIL

Gem Lake is just how the name sounds! It is a fun hike with water crossings, rock steps, and gorgeous sweeping views. It’s not a long hike but a trail full of adventure as you hike upward. We loved it.

3.1 miles out and back — Rated: moderate/slightly strenuous — Elevation gain: 994′

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CASCADE FALLS via NORTH INLET TRAILHEAD

Cascade Falls is a series of enchanting waterfalls that tumble over large boulders for hundreds of feet. Located in Grand Lake, CO, and part of Rocky Mountain National Park, it is magical. One of Colorado’s most spectacular waterfalls!

Located at the West Entrance of RMNP

6.8 miles out & back — Rated: Easy/moderate — Family Friendly

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NYMPH, DREAM, & EMERALD LAKE HIKE

Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake, a gorgeous hike from start to finish. Nothing is lacking on this trail; it screams Colorado Rockies in spades — one of the most popular hikes in the Park.

3.5 miles out & back for all 3 lakes — Rated: easy/moderate — Highest elevation: 10,110 ft

Read More > Nymph Lake  > Dream Lake  > Emerald Lake

Three popular brands of day hiking backpacks to consider: > Osprey (my personal favorite), > Deuter, and > Gregory backpacks.

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LOCH VALE aka THE LOCH HIKE

Loch Vale, also known as The Loch, is one of the most popular hikes within Rocky Mountain National Park. The subalpine lake sits nestled below 13,153-foot Taylor Peak and Taylor Glacier. 30 ft Alberta Falls is an added treat while hiking up to the Loch.

My favorite hike in RMNP

5.4 miles out and back — Rated: Moderate/slightly strenuous — Elevation gain: 1,056′

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BIERSTADT LAKE TRAIL

Bierstadt Lake Trail has gorgeous views of the Continental Divide as you hike switchbacks upward. When reaching the top, a beautiful alpine lake awaits. Making your way around Bierstadt Lake, you will be in awe as you meander in a tranquil forest.

2.4 miles out & back — Rated: Easy/moderate

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ALBERTA FALLS HIKE

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park is a short trail to a scenic and sparkling waterfall thundering down a narrow canyon. The hike through pines and aspens is an added treat.

We hiked this trail in late spring and enjoyed the snow-capped peaks. However, this would be an exceptional winter hike for those wanting a short yet beautiful snowy winter hiking experience.

1.7 miles out and back — Rated: Easy

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LEAVE NO TRACE 

ENCOUNTERING WILDLIFE  

APPROPRIATE HIKING GEAR

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CUB LAKE TRAIL

Cub Lake Trail is in the Moraine Park area. The trail has lush green meadows, beaver ponds, forest-lined paths, rocky canyon walls, and more. We spotted elk, moose, deer, and bullfrogs — a wildlife wonder.

5.1 miles out & back — Rated: Easy/moderate — Family-friendly

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High altitude sickness can affect anyone at any time. Know the signs and keep yourself and fellow hikers safe.  > High Altitude Hiking Effects & Advice

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MILLS LAKE TRAIL

Mills Lake is a sensational subalpine lake. With Half Mountain sitting majestically at the end of the lake and views of peaks on all sides as high as 13,579 feet, it is one not to miss. Large rocky areas to sit in wonder and enjoy a picnic or a nap. Indeed, it is a great day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mills Lake via Glacier Gorge Trailhead — 5.3 miles out and back — Rated: Moderate/slightly strenuous — Elevation gain: 941′

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CHASM FALLS

Chasm Falls is a 25-foot waterfall cascading down Fall River within Rocky Mountain National Park. A beautiful scenic hike up Old Fall River Road with dramatic rock formations and high peak views.

West Alluvial Fan Trailhead — 3.5 miles out & back — Endovalley Parking (summer) — 2.5 miles out & back — Rated: moderate — Family Friendly

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OUZEL FALLS – WILD BASIN

Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park is a delight, abundant with scenery, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes beneath rugged peaks. It is a gem — a hiking paradise. 

Wild Basin Area  —  > Download the trail map

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Wild Basin in snow > Read more

Rocky Mountain National Park is not to be taken lightly. It sits at a high altitude, and dehydration plus fickle weather is always something to consider. Look at the Practical gear that we have in our backpacks on every hike. > hiking essentials

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TRAIL RIDGE ROAD

Trail Ridge Road is 48 miles of mind-boggling scenery across Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and vast alpine tundra stretching across Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park, CO, to Grand Lake, CO. One of Colorado’s most scenic drives. 

> Read more for information on driving and hiking on Trail Ridge Road

Rocky Mountain National Park is a mecca of spectacular hiking. Unbeatable views and sensational trails make a >Rocky Mountain National Park trip unforgettable.

Local Tip: The off-season provides fewer crowds and no permits, making it an ideal time to hike and play!

Plan Your Visit  > Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) 

East Entrance, located in > Estes Park, CO 

West Entrance, located in > Grand Lake, CO

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ISABELLE LAKE & GLACIER

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