Colorado

Destination

Rocky Mountain National Park Holidays

Majestic mountain views

Experience the beauty and tranquility of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.

Covering 415 square miles, this scenic landscape offers hundreds of miles of trails through majestic mountains, fields of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Choose an easy hiking trail around a stunning mountain lake, or challenge yourself to a full day trip exploring this alpine landscape. Take the scenic drive of Trail Ridge Road; 12,000 feet high that crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass or travel the 9 mile Old Fall River Road, which has tight curves and a steep uphill climb.

Explore the west side of the park and the Kawuneeche Valley; here you will witness the mighty Colorado River and a slightly quieter side to the park. Walk the Coyote Valley Trail to look for wildlife and an up-close view of the river. The Kawuneeche Valley is also the best place within the park to view moose. The Bear Lake Area and Lily Lake over on the east side have some beautiful scenic overlooks and trails that are great for families where you can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views over a picnic. Join a ranger-led programme to learn more about the park, horse ride through meadows or observe the vast darkness of the night sky; there are many outdoor activities to choose from.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a busy place; with more than 4.5 million visitors a year, it is best to plan your visit to make the most out of your trip. Throughout the summer and public holidays drive times can be longer than expected, so allow extra time to see everything. The park operates a free shuttle bus May to October that runs from Estes Park Visitor Center to Bear Lake and out to several hiking loops, so we would recommend making use of this to fully enjoy your time in the park.

We would recommend exploring more of The Rockies region and visit Yellowstone National Park. You can also journey west into Utah & Arizona for vast expanses of desert and deep canyons. Whichever option you choose, this spectacular mountain environment will make you feel on top of the world.

Destination Highlights
  • Wildlife watching and photography
  • Over 300 miles of hiking trails
  • Join a ranger programme - great for kids
  • Take a scenic drive 12,000 feet above sea level

Top Tips from our Experts

Isla

Destination Executive

"If you love watching wildlife, take some binoculars with you so that you can find them more easily in the wilderness. Animals are also more active during dawn and dusk, so get up early when the park is at it's quietest. Just make sure you keep a safe distance as they are wild animals after all."