Suggested Hikes and Backpack trips in Rocky Mountain National Park

These are a few of the trails that I (and many others) suggest during your visit to the Park. Numbers in parenthesis are the elevation gains (in feet). Distances given are one-way only (unless otherwise stated).

  • For a complete list of trails, consult the Trail Guide.
  • Or, view our list of Trip Reports, which offer details of many of the hikes listed here.

    EASY HIKES: Suitable for small children and visitors who are not used to the high altitudes. Up to 2.5 miles round trip, 750ft elevation gain.

    MEDIUM HIKES: Moderately hard hikes, usually can be done in half a day, with a few steep sections. A good workout. Up to 8.0 miles round trip, 1,500ft elevation gain.

    HARD HIKES: Plan for an entire day (or more). Generally includes long distances, high elevation gains, and off-trail hiking. Only for the physically fit!

    EASY BACKPACK TRIPS: These overnight hikes are suitable for children. They are intentionally short so that you may spend time exploring the backcountry near your campsite. Up to 3 miles per day. 3 day/2 night maximum. Backcountry camp site locations may have moved since this publication; contact the Backcountry Office for the latest information.

    MEDIUM BACKPACK TRIPS: These overnight hikes are for those who would like to have the feeling of camping away from civilization, but do not like cramming too many miles into one day of backpacking. Up to 5 miles per day, 5 day/4 night maximum. Backcountry camp site locations may have moved since this publication; contact the Backcountry Office for the latest information.

    HARD BACKPACK TRIPS: These overnight hikes are for the physically fit. Some are popular traverses or long loop hikes. All lead to remote areas. Plan on spending several nights! Backcountry camp site locations may have moved since this publication; contact the Backcountry Office for the latest information.


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