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Colorado Hiking Trips

Take on the wilderness of the great Rocky Mountain National Park with AVA on our guided hiking trips. AVA’s guided Colorado hiking trips are a great way to make the most out of your trek in RMNP. Your guide will not only point out landmarks and lead the trail; they will also provide information on the ecosystem and history of Rocky Mountain National Park. Your AVA guide will also transport all the food needed for your meal(s) during your hike, prepare the food and, if you are joining us for an overnight, help you set up your camp for the incredible evening under the stars. Ready to lace up those hiking boots and hit the trails with AVA this summer? Check out all the guided hiking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park that we have to offer.



Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park is the pride and joy of the great state of Colorado.  The wildlife sighting opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park are nothing short of spectacular, and hundreds of different species call RMNP their home including moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bears, foxes, cougars, bobcats, marmots, beavers, porcupines and more. In addition to the land residents, RMNP has an impressive spread of aquatic residents. More interested in our friends in the sky? Rocky Mountain National Park is a perfect destination for the ornithology extraordinaire.  Check out all these awesome facts about the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak is situated in Rocky Mountain National Park and summits at 14,259 feet. The park is open 365 days a year, making it a perfect venue for the outdoor adventurer. You can even explore the highest continuously paved highway in North America — Trail Ridge Road.

Grand Lake, also known as the “Western Gateway” to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a small town home to Colorado’s largest natural body of water. The lakeside town serves as a popular destination for those visiting RMNP and provides year-round recreation for all, including hiking, biking, fishing, sailing, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing and more. Your Rocky Mountain National Park hiking trip with AVA will meet in the town of Grand Lake, and we suggest leaving some time to explore this charming mountain town.


Top Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

There are a number of great hiking trails in RMNP for those looking to spend up to a day hiking. These are some of our favorite hikes that range from family friendly to moderate. When embarking on an AVA guided hiking trip, your guide will talk with you group and find the perfect hike for any level.


The Emerald Lake Trail

This trail offers incredible views of alpine lakes and rocky peaks. The moderate 3 mile out and back trail is just a short drive from Estes Park and is open year-round.

The Mount Ida Trail

Mount Ida attracts trail runners, birders, and hikers each year and gains 2,306 feet in elevation along the way. This is a moderate 9.3 mile out and back.

The Cascade Falls Trail

A great family 7.4 miles out and back hike with a mellow grade. You'll see an incredible waterfall and keep an eye out for our four-legged friends - horses!

The East Inlet Trail

Another great day hike with an elevation gain of 1,692 feet. This trail is rated moderate and is 10.3 miles round-trip.

What to Expect on an AVA Guided Hiking Trip

What to wear

We highly recommend wearing and bringing layers. Days can range from 80 degrees to 40 degrees in the summer. In cooler temps, start with an insulating base layer and top it off with a waterproof coat. Comfortable shoes and pants for hiking as well as sunscreen and sunglasses.

What to Expect

AVA Rafting & Zipline will provide everything you need from camping equipment to meals during your trip. You will get to enjoy hiking while learning all about the ecosystem and the history of the park.

What to bring

Our guides will provide all of the gear except a sleeping bag. They will be available to rent if you do not want to bring one. Don't forget your reusable water bottle, camera, and a hat to protect from the sun.

Seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park

Each season has something incredible to offer in Rocky Mountain National Park. From fall foliage, to snow capped peaks, and beautiful lakes Rocky Mountain Park is always beautiful. This diverse ecosystem has so much to offer and those who plan and prepare for the season will have an unforgettable trip to the park.

  • Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park promises incredible adventures, activities  and sightings for all. The bulk of the park's 3 million annual visitors will be making their trip during this time, so expect crowds. During the day, temperatures will reach the 70s and 80s in the park, and afternoon thundershowers are not to be unexpected. As is Colorado's nature, the evenings will cool down considerably, averaging in the 40s at night.

  • Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park

    You may have heard stories of the fall colors in Colorado, as they are a simply breathtaking sight. The abundance of aspens cover the park in autumn color, and the native wildlife begin migrations. Temperatures will begin to cool, and, although not extremely common, you may see early season snow flurries.

  • Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Rocky Mountain National Park turns into a winter wonderland towards the end of each year. The scenery is amazing, and the adventures are just as thrilling as summer, but winter requires a bit more planning. Temperatures will often sit well below freezing, but you may still work up a sweat. If you're snowshoeing through the park, plan to wear layers so you can shed as you warm up.

  • Spring in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Spring is a great time to head to Rocky Mountain National Park, as the temperatures are cool, wildflowers are starting to make their presence known and the majority of the park's 3 million annual visitors are planning their summer trip. If you plan to visit in the spring, expect the higher elevated areas to remain snow-packed despite the sunny and snow-free lower meadows.


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