With more 355 miles of hiking trails there are a ton of options for hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park – from easy, flat lakeside strolls to VERY difficult mountain peak climbs. But narrowing it down and finding a hike that is family friendly can be a chore. Here is a list of seven family friendly hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, if you have more to add to the list, please let me know in the comments.
These hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park should be open, but due to the 2013 floods (and possible 2014 weather threats) you should check with a Ranger to make sure they’re open.
The first time The Husband and I hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park we had planned to only do a short, two-mile loop. We were new to Colorado and new hikers. That two-mile loop, took us nearly five hours to complete and there was a lot scaling boulders to “find the trail”. I’m pretty sure we got off the loop… Luckily we did find the trial just before sunset. I learned a few valuable lessons that day.
Since my first hike in Rocky Mountain National Park I’ve become a more avid – and knowledgeable – hiker. There are a few essentials one should have in their hiking backpack, even if it’s just a short, two-mile loop.
Rocky Mountain National Park has a list of recommended hikes for visitors with details on distance, elevation and views to expect, it can be a great resource if you’re planning a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Additionally, I’ve found Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker’s Guide to be helpful as well. It provides details on the hike itself, difficulty, change elevations, and what to expect along the way. With any of these books and online guides, finding the trail head can be challenging. The directions in many of these guides and online resources to finding the trail heads can be misleading and change due to weather, flooding, road work, etc. The husband and I have gotten lost more times than I’d like to admit trying to find a trail head to a hike. My advice, check with the guides say but then ask a Ranger at the information booth if you can to just confirm.