Rocky Mountain National Park's 15 Best Hikes

Explore an adventure playground full of 14ers, alpine lakes, and over 300 miles of trails.

It's no surprise that Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country. If you love mountains, this is the place for you. From lush wooded forests full of wildlife to the alpine tundra of the peaks above, the park has a wide variety of terrain waiting for you to explore. If you're planning an adventure to Rocky soon, check out our favorite hikes in the park and see how many you can knock off your list before your trip ends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

1. Hike Mt. Ida


Photo: Jon King

2. Hike Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak


Photo: Tobin Akehurst

3. Hike the Ypsilon Lake Trail


Photo: Breanne McNitt

4. Hike to Chasm Lake


Photo: Kyle Frost

5. Hike to Sky Pond


Photo: Ryan Dewane

6. Hike from Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead


Photo: Jon King

7. Hike to Lake Helene and Two Rivers Lake


Photo: Eric Schuette

8. Hike to Ouzel and Bluebird Lakes


Photo: Mio Monasch

9. Hike to Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes


Photo: Ryan McKinney

10. Hike to Ptarmigan Lake


Photo: Jason Hatfield

11. Hike the Mummy Kill (a.k.a. Mummy Mania)


Photo: Ian Glass

12. Summit Longs Peak


Photo: Jeff Richards

13. Hike to Verna, Spirit, Fourth and Fifth Lakes


Photo: Cyrstal Brindle

14. Hike to Alberta Falls


Photo: Jason Hatfield

15. Hike above Black Lake to an Alpine Paradise


Photo: Cyrstal Brindle

Cover photo: Ian Glass

Published: May 1, 2017

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