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Best of Estes Park Adventure (Rocky Mountain National Park) - 5 Days

Explore the best of Rocky Mountain National Park on this Epic Itinerary

Best of Estes Park Adventure (Rocky Mountain National Park) - 5 Days

Explore the best of Rocky Mountain National Park on this Epic Itinerary

Experience an extraordinary 5-day adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, using the charming town of Estes Park as your basecamp for exploration. Set against a backdrop of stunning snowcapped peaks, this immersive experience encompasses a diverse range of activities, from fly fishing and hiking to climbing, 4x4 jeep tours, and horseback riding. The "Best of Estes Park" itinerary begins with your arrival at Denver International Airport, where a shuttle transports you to your delightful Inn situated in Estes Park. Each day unfolds with a perfect blend of scenic drives, guided hikes, and personalized adventures, offering flexibility to tailor the experience to your interests and abilities. Traverse the breathtaking Trail Ridge Road, explore the unique Ute Tundra Trail, and engage in thrilling activities of your choosing like hikeing, fly fishing, 4x4 jeep tours and much more. The journey concludes with a return shuttle to the airport, ensuring a seamless and captivating exploration of Estes Park's wonders amidst the Rockies' natural splendors.

Start/Finish: Estes Park, Colorado (Flight into DIA - Denver International)

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel or Cabin in Estes Park

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Denver - Shuttle to Estes Park

Embark on your adventure by arriving at Denver International Airport. A convenient shuttle will transport you to Estes Park, where you'll check into Maxwell Inn or a similar accommodation based on availability. The remainder of the day is yours to rest and explore Estes Park.

Optional Night Hike:

  1. Astronomy Adventure Night Hike: This night hike caters to those with a passion for hiking and an interest in beginner-level astronomy. Join us for an extended hike as we delve into the mysteries of the night sky, exploring constellations, moon phases, and developing trust in our night vision.
  2. Night Hike and S'mores Excursion: Ever dreamt of strolling through the woods under the night sky, enhancing your night vision, and gaining insights into celestial wonders? Look no further – our hiking guides are here for you! Embark on our Night Hike 'N S'mores trip, suitable for all ages and hiker skill levels. As you explore, indulge in the quintessential campfire treat – S'mores!

Accommodation: Maxwell Inn or similar (based on availability)

Day 2: Guided Drive over Trail Ridge Road + Hike on the Ute Tundra Trail

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, experience a picturesque drive over Trail Ridge Road, offering stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Pause for a guided hike on the Ute Tundra Trail, exploring the unique local flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure in Estes Park. Conclude the day with dinner at a recommended local eatery.

Accommodation: Maxwell Inn or similar (based on availability)

About Trail Ridge Road & The Ute Trail:

Experience the breathtaking Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway (US Highway 34) on this day, a magnificent route traversing Rocky Mountain National Park renowned for its sweeping vistas of crags and valleys defining this section of the Rockies. Notably, Trail Ridge stands as the highest fully paved road in the US, with much of the journey above the tree line, offering common sightings of marmots, bighorn sheep, and moose. Upon reaching the summit, embark on the Ute Trail hike lead by your local guide, commencing from the Ute Crossing Trailhead. This trek provides expansive views and alpine tundra scenery with minimal climbing, allowing hikers to relish panoramic vistas throughout. While the hike is relatively flat, two short climbs occur at the onset and around the one-mile mark as you cross Tombstone Ridge. At this elevation, anticipate abundant sun and wind, with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms. The alpine tundra, thriving where trees can't endure the harsh conditions of snow, cold, wind, and a brief growing season, begins in Rocky Mountain National Park at elevations ranging from 11,000 to 11,500 feet, depending on exposure.

Day 3: Guided Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a full-day guided hike in Rocky Mountain National Park (no times entry permit needed, with a guided tour you can enter/exit the park anytime permit free). Tailor the hike to your preferences, whether it's wildflowers, summits, waterfalls, or more. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the park and have the evening free to relax or further explore Estes Park. Cap off the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Maxwell Inn or similar (based on availability)

Day 4: Choose Your Adventure Day

Fuel up with breakfast at the hotel for a day of personalized adventure. For this guided adventure day choose between Fly Fishing, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Rafting, or Horseback Riding. The evening brings a thrilling 4x4 jeep tour, exploring the rugged beauty of the surroundings. Wrap up the day with dinner at a recommended Estes Park restaurant.

Accommodation: Maxwell Inn or similar (based on availability)

Choose your adventure: On this day you get to choose the adventure of choice!

  • Guided Fly Fishing full day
  • Guided Longs Peak Hike (or another summit hike)
  • Guided day hike in the park - Bear Lake corridor
  • Rock climbing (3-4 hours) All levels of ability
  • Guided Horseback Ride through the park
  • Full Day or Half Day White Water Rafting

Day 5: Depart back to Denver Airport

On your final day, enjoy breakfast at the hotel, check out, and depart for Denver International Airport via shuttle. Bid farewell to Estes Park as you embark on your return journey, concluding this memorable 5-day adventure.

Additional Trip Info

  • Certified and licensed guide
  • Some Meals (as listed)
  • 3 Star Hotel or Cabin (4 nights)
  • Guided Tours
  • Park Entrance (no reservations needed)
  • Airport shuttles
  • Trail maps

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