Hit the Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Top Denver Day Trips & Overnighters: Rocky Mountain National Park (71 miles to the park's Estes Park entrance)
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Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
GREEN & PLEASANT LAND: Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park (courtesy, National Park Service)
Rocky Mountain National Park: Day-Tripping FAQ
Distance from Denver: 71 miles (to northeast entrance in Estes Park)
Attractions: Views, wildlife, hiking, ranger programs, camping, scenic drives
Ages: 5 to adult
More Info: Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Guide
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Rocky Mountain National Park's 416 square miles include 60 peaks higher than 12,000 feet, 450 miles of streams, 150 lakes, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and wildlife galore. Got kids? Shorter nature trails at Moraine Park, Sprague Lake, or Bear Lake Trail are ideal for little legs, plus the park has a well-organized Junior Ranger program. My family votes Beaver Boardwalk the spot for "little kids." At Ouzel Falls, reached via a 2.7-mile trail, watch the falls' daredevil namesake birds plunge into the water. Lodging best bets: Camp at Moraine Park campground, or check into the elegant Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, infamous inspiration for The Shining.


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