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Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park


Over four million people visit Rocky Mountain National Park each year – and on this trip, you’ll get to call it home. Get to know the ins and the outs of the park on this five-day camping adventure, hiking by day and sleeping under the stars by night. See Andrews Glacier up close, visit an abandoned mining town and summit Mount Ida, taking time to savour the views over included picnic lunches and swapping stories over campfire dinners. With the wonders of the park waiting on your front doorstep each morning, this will be one all-encompassing adventure.

5 days, from

$2,090

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: SKXQ
Style: Basix
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Camping (4 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners

Group size: Minimum 2, Max 12

  • Summit all 12,000+ feet of Mount Ida and be rewarded with sweeping views as you hike along the Continental Divide.

  • Pass through the park’s goldrush history on a visit to the site of Lulu City, a mining town that was abandoned in 1885.

  • Start with a flourish as you make your way to Andrews Glacier via Andrews Tarn, The Loch and the thundering Alberta Falls.

  • Pause for included picnic lunches on each of the trip’s hikes and end each day with a campfire dinner with your fellow travellers.

  • Sleep under the stars on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park while enjoying the communal experience that comes with camping.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park

Welcome to Colorado! This morning, you’ll meet your trip leader and fellow group at your accommodation in Estes Park before driving to your trailhead. Then, it’s time to get acquainted with the Rocky Mountain National Park on your first hike. Starting from the Glacial Gorge/Bear Lake area of the park, make your way past the thundering Alberta Falls and toward The Loch – a simply gorgeous subalpine lake sitting in the shadows of multiple 10,000-foot-plus peaks. Continuing along The Loch’s northern edge, the trail then weaves its way toward Andrews Tarn and Andrews Glacier. Back at the trailhead, you’ll take a scenic drive over Trail Ridge Road to the (wild) west side of the mountains where it’ll be time to set up camp just outside the park. After an included dinner, toast the day’s efforts over a hot chocolate around the campfire.

Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park

Have a relaxed breakfast at camp before taking off for today’s trail along the headwaters of the Colorado River. Rolling green meadows will provide prime vantage points for spotting moose, elk and deer, before you encounter the historic site of Lulu City. Now home to only a few remaining (but crumbling) wooden buildings, Lulu City was a booming mining town established in 1879, before being abandoned in 1885. After making your own exit from the former city’s site, a hike along the Red Mountain Trail will give a bird's-eye view back down the lush valley you explored that morning. Back at your campsite, another dinner around the fire awaits.

Day 3: Rocky Mountain National Park

Start the day on the right foot with a leisurely breakfast, then take a short drive to the trailhead for a wildlife and waterfall exploration. Start by crossing the Big Thompson River, then follow Moraine Park’s western edge. This wetland meadow along the way is a common spot for moose and deer sightings, so be sure to keep an eye out. A lunch break next to the flowing waters of the Colorado River will follow, before you continue along the trail and trace your way in between mountain summits. Head back down the trail to your campsite and a group dinner.

Day 4: Rocky Mountain National Park

Saving some of the highest highs for last, you’ll tackle all 12,000+ feet of Mount Ida today. An early start is required to avoid any afternoon storms, so after breakfast there’ll be a short drive to the southern end of Poudre Lake. When you arrive at the lake, you’ll hike through evergreen forest – this portion is steep with little to look at, but the reward will come shortly! Pop out above the treeline to views of the Never Summer Mountains and the peak of Mount Ida. Continue along the crest of the Continental Divide, and keep soaking in the large-scale scenery, until you make your way to the mountaintop. A picnic lunch will give some respite to tired legs, before making your way back to level ground and the comforts of camp.

Day 5: Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park

After packing down your campsite, another idyllic drive along Trail Ridge Road will take you to the start of the Ute Trail. This hike provides amazing views of volcanoes, glaciers, wildlife and summits – including Mount Ida’s! Pause for lunch before making your way back to your vehicle. A short drive will see you to Estes Park, where your adventure will end. If you’d like to spend some more time exploring the area, just speak to your booking agent.