A bucket-list destination for many outdoor lovers, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular natural playground that shouldn't be missed on any trip to Colorado. Plan an adventure and witness the natural beauty that has been preserved for more than 100 years.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKES & THINGS TO DO
BEAR LAKE LOOP
The flat, half-mile interpretive nature trail that circles scenic Bear Lake is great for younger kids, offering the chance to see deer and gorgeous views of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain.
This easy, one-mile trail follows the bank of the Upper Colorado River, where thousands of colorful wildflowers bloom in the summer and moose are often spotted during the morning and early evening hours.
Experience the high country the old fashioned way — atop a horse. This is a wonderful way for older children to see more alpine country than possible on foot. There are two stables located within the park: Glacier Creek Stables and Moraine Park Stables. Approximately 260 miles of trails are open to horse use, which makes up about 80% of the total trail network in the park.
Fishing was a popular pastime with early visitors to the park, and it remains so today, with anglers catching several types of trout — brown, brook, rainbow, and cutthroat — in 147 lakes. Note: A valid Colorado fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older to fish in Rocky Mountain National Park. For current Colorado fishing license fees visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.