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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

By Aspire Tours
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About
Soak in the majestic beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park on a full-day hiking tour that departs from downtown Denver or Boulder. Leave the driving to a professional so you can enjoy views of Estes Park, and complete a moderate 4-mile (6.5-km) hike along one of the park’s most scenic trails. With a pace that's suitable for most fitness levels, you'll get plenty of exercise while still being able look for wildlife and stop to enjoy a packed picnic lunch.
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Ages 8-80, max of 11 per group
Duration: 8h
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Highlights
  • Escape to Rocky Mountain National Park without renting a car or researching trails
  • Learn about Colorado plants and wildlife from a mountain guide
  • Enjoy the scenery with a small group of fellow travelers
  • All the details are arranged, including a picnic lunch that can meet special diets

  • Local expert hiking guide
  • Transportation
  • Water Refill - please bring a reusable bottle
  • Snowshoes/YakTracks if needed - please add shoe size in comments section
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Winter Weather Clothing (Coats, gloves, hats, etc.)


Departure details
  • 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA Outside @ large American Flagpole
  • Walnut Cafe, 3073 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA Parking available at the Macy's Parking Garage.
  • Estes Park Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8950P32

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a moderate hike at altitude that many guests may find challenging. This tour is not recommended for people who do not regularly exercise. Out of respect for the other guests on the tour, please consider our Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing tour if you are unsure if you can meet the physical requirements. Our guides reserve the right to ask guests to stop or turn around on the hike.
  • We cannot guarantee a specific trail - we chose based on day, condition, crowds.
  • From November to April, waterproof shoes are highly recommended. Wool socks are also recommended.
  • Winter weather conditions may exist in the park, please dress adequately for potentially snowy conditions and low temperatures.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Where do we meet for the Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver?
We meet at Walnut Cafe 30 73 Walnut Street
Is there parking available for the Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver?
There are several parking garages in the area, 1899 Wynkoop St. Garage is one of them. The Crawford Hotel, which is at Union Station has valet parking available ($25).
What should I wear on the Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver?
Dress in layers, as it gets cold in the mountains, however, after a hike you might want to shed layers. Light hiking shoes or sneakers with good tread, windbreakers, rain jackets, and hats are recommended.
What should I bring with me on the Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver?
Bring a reusable water bottle for each person. We have refills in the car. Also bring your required medications, sunscreen/lip balm, your camera, and any additional snacks you may want.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8950P32

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Aspire Tours
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    Well worth it!
    This was totally worth it! Ty was amazing with his knowledge, great recommendations for things to do and places to eat. Views were also so beautiful
  • Amanda R
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    10/10 would definitely recommend.
    Ty was a fantastic guide on the tour for the echo lake tour. His ability to engage with all the attendees, explore all questions, and be truly inviting to the Colorado areas was amazing. I would do this trip again for sure and recommend anyone to try it out. There are other guides for brewer's and such that we will be back for. Thanks again Ty for an amazing tour.
  • Scott S
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    Amazing just isn’t fair…….
    The tour was extremely well put together and organized. Being our first time in Denver, we appreciated that. Our guide, Stephanie, had an exceptional personality and made everyone comfortable right from the start. The tour vehicles were extremely clean and comfortable, which is critical in a 6 to 8 hour day. The tour itself was phenomenal. The weather couldn’t have been better, the views were spectacular, and luckily, the wildlife was abundant. The Park is amazing. We were early enough in the year to be able to travel the Trail Ridge road to the top. Overlooking a valley from 12,000 feet will change your life. When the day is done, you will likely not look at landscapes the same. The park tour with Aspire is not to be missed.
  • I2469VWsandras
    I2469VWsandras
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    Excellent experience
    Comfortable ride; informative conductor; incredible views. Be prepared for the cold and wind at the top but worth the trip.
  • loracoonce
    loracoonce
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    Outstanding Tour!
    Steve was an outstanding guide. He was knowledgeable, well prepared and gracious. This was the best tour I’ve ever taken.
  • ashleyfC2857TM
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    Awesome Tour, Aaron is Awesome!
    Aaron our tour guide was AMAZING! He’s very knowledgeable, a great time, and awesome personality. The breweries he picked for the day were great, the views were awesome during the drive. Would definitely do it again if I’m ever in Colorado. Thank you so much for a great experience Aaron, you made up for our bad experience at Red Rocks.😂 (Red Rocks is awesome, not the venues or staffs fault we got lost.)
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    Great half day activity
    Our tour guide, Will Sharp, was awesome. He shared just enough history (not boring!) and took extra time to show couple of extra look outs. Overall tour was super enjoyable
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    Someone give Jacob a raise or a promotion!
    With this kind of breathtaking scenery, the event is already amazing. What takes it over the top is the level of service and interaction the company provides, and Aspire & Jacob knocked it out of the park. Not only did Jacob tell us what we were doing and where we were going, he made sure to explain why. He displayed a wealth of passionate knowledge about everything from environmental and conservation issues to city architecture and local history. Plus, the man can execute a three-point turn in a phone booth!
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    Incredible September Brews and Views Tour
    Our brews and views tour was amazing! My husband and I love beer so we had a great time traveling around with a group to more of the local spots that you might not think to go to. Our tour guide Aaron was the best. He is so knowledgable about beer, all the best spots in Denver and Colorado history. We had a lot of fun traveling around with him.
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    A great tour
    The place is amazing with varieties of wildlife. Though many constructions are proceeding this time it is sill an attractive tour.
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    Tour not complete without Izzy
    My wife and I enjoyed the fun facts about Colorado and Izzy made everything come together! She was very knowledgeable and showed us a great time. Thank you, Anthony and Kara Simmons
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    Awesome Trip with an Experienced Guide!
    This was SO WORTH the money! We had originally planned on renting a car and going into the mountains ourselves, but went with this instead. So glad we did. Our guide Christian was wonderful, knowledgeable, and incredibly sweet and helpful. And the tour really does take you to some great highlights in the park. I know now that if I drove myself up I probably wouldn’t have seen half as much as I did. Also it was a major perk being in a tour van with full access to the necessary parts of the park. Apparently when you go on your own you need to get reservations to enter the park prior to 2pm AND you need a reservation of some specific parts of the park. Had no idea! Would have been completely screwed! All-in-all, this tour was the highlight of our trip and made everything sooooo easy. PS we got to see a mating group of Elk up close!
  • parrot40
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    Amazing Experience
    We toured the Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday, September 24. Our guide, Jacob, did a wonderful job. He was very informative and knowledgeable about the area, the mountains, the wildlife, the trees and landscape. The views on our trip were spectacular. We saw a lot of large bull elk and almost witnessed a fight between two. The Pika We saw were adorable. A rarely seen long-tailed weasel was on the hunt and a heafty Marmot was seen waddling down the mountain. I highly recommend this trip and guide Jacob. He was also very thoughtful and concerned about our comfort, well-being and if we were able to see everything we wanted. Definitely will do thus trip again.
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    A Spectacular Family Day Exploring Mt. Blue Sky w/Aaron
    My family with young kids had the incredible opportunity to embark on a private sightseeing tour of Mt. Blue Sky, guided by Aaron. It was the highlight of our trip! Aaron is an expert in his craft, and his knowledge of the area and passion for the natural beauty of Mt. Blue Sky were evident. We especially appreciated that when Aaron heard we wanted to visit Dinosaur Ridge during our stay, he on-the-fly, added it to our itinerary. It was so thoughtful and made the experience all the more memorable! The day was well planned, and we never would have found the views, wildlife, and hidden gems on our own. Every moment was a picture-perfect postcard. (Aaron also happens to be a great photographer, so hello, next Christmas card!) Highly highly recommend!
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Claire
Cary, NC4 contributions
I’m sure my experience would’ve been better if it hadn’t been continuously snowing the entire hike. We aggressively checked the forecast and once we got to the trailhead, it had snowed over a foot. The entire group was not prepared for snow. However, our guide, Luke was informative and fun. He adjusted to the weather to make sure our hike was still fun and respected our groups wishes and had good recommendations for our stay in Denver. The views and air were perfect for a snow day and the hike was worth it (I believe so not my husband). I suggest overpacking for this trip no matter what the forecast or radar says. You can leave your extra stuff in the van.
Written March 10, 2020
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Pedro
8 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Excellent, intermediate-level hike toward Longs Peak. It could be tough for the inexperienced, though, and for those coming from sea-level dwellings like me. :) However, it was well worth the effort w/ beautiful views of mountain peaks plus nice creeks and flora along the way. About Kyle, our tour guide: a super nice, easy-going, knowledgeable, and passionate guy. He's a monster hiker and rock climber who will fill you up with knowledge and great stories about everything dealing with life in the woods. :) Kyle, THANKS for such a memorable experience!
Written June 27, 2020
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Hiker123
2 contributions
Nov 2021
This was a well organized trip. Got to see the Rocky Mountain National Park and lovely nearby towns on Nov 5, 2021
Hiked in Rocky Mt National Part for a round trip of about 3.6 miles with an elevation gain of over 1000ft. The hike started at an elevation of about 8000ft

Our tour guide Ryan, was excellent and safety of the hikers was a paramount feature especially when we encountered ice on the trail

He was punctual. The tour started and ended at Union station
Written November 6, 2021
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Kat L.
17 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
I had an amazing time with Aspire tours! I traveled solo to Denver and was looking for a safe group to go hiking with in the Rocky mountains. Their full day hiking tour with lunch was perfect for my needs and schedule!
Their customer service was top notch, from my initial email and phone inquiries, to booking and throughout the day of the tour. Dylan, our driver and guide, was super knowledgeable about all things nature and allowed us to slow down and pause as needed. The hike on gem lake trail was moderate in my opinion (I'm a newbie to hiking), and had absolute breathtaking views! We probably would have been done sooner if we didn't stop every few mins for pics haha but it was so worth it! We traveled in a clean and comfortable SUV and the sandwiches and chips they provided were delicious! To top it all off, the weather held up too! It was an all around perfect day with Aspire tours. Thanks for making my first trip to Colorado unforgettable!
Written May 25, 2021
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Sheri F
Bethel Park, PA96 contributions
Sep 2020
We did our hike on Friday Sept. 18th with Phil. He was a great guide!
Covid...He was very serious about Covid precautions and repeatedly told a guest in our van to keep her mask on. Also, he made us use hand sanitizer each time we entered.
Sights...He was very knowledgable about the area and it's plants/flora etc. He had a lot of information for us. We saw a lot of wildlife on our way to our hike. Prairie dogs, coyote, bald eagle, and some huge elk! We saw a male just chilling in someones yard and it was a safe distance so he allowed us to take pictures. Then we went a little further and saw 6 female and one male in another yard. We got some great photos at a safe distance.
Hike...We finally arrived at our hiking sight and he passed out our lunch and some of the great mineral/spring water that we picked up along the way. We started up the hill toward our destination (Gem Lake). It was a challenging hike and two people in our group were a little slower. Phil made sure we were on our way and then he checked on the other guests. He rejoined us and made sure we were headed in the right direction then checked on them again. He split his time with us which was nice that they could go at their own pace. There are a lot of steps/stairs on this hike so if you don't think you can walk a lot of stairs maybe pick a different hike. We are from the east coast and the altitude did not really bother us on this hike.
Written September 20, 2020
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Sarah F
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Fall color and wildlife...favorite site to see! Turkeys were hiding in the brush from the upcoming holiday. Elk bugling, deer munching, squirrels scampering, and ducks doing headstands in Cub Lake were the highlights of our approximately 5 miles. Yellow, orange and red on a background of green with blue above....perfect palette for an October hike!
Written October 1, 2021
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TravelinRIers
East Providence, RI14 contributions
Jun 2022
Had a great trip led by Nick, an outstanding trip leader. I was traveling solo as my husband had a day long meeting in downtown Denver. I joined a group of 9 others for this daylong adventure, a family of four, a mother and adult daughter, a couple and another woman traveling solo. Nick was very attentive to everyone’s needs and kept us well informed about the history and geology of the area and identifying animals and their habits in the park. In fact, it felt like animals were coming out on cue: lots of elk, mountain goat, yellow-bellied marmot, mule deer, etc. The hike Nick chose for us was stunningly beautiful - I really couldn’t have asked for more! The trip exceeded my expectations.
Written June 11, 2022
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Ally P
5 contributions
Oct 2021
The Rocky Mtn Hiking Adventure was one of the best travel experiences I have had. Our guide, Ryan D., made the hike so special for each member of our group. He inquired about what we as a group wanted to get out of the hike and tailored our hike based on the group's wishes! Ryan fostered such a welcoming environment for the group to bond and feel comfortable with one another. Our group was small - only 8 people; I was expecting more, but this was a pleasant surprise! Ryan has a PhD in Wildlife Biology, making him a wealth of information on all things nature in the Rockies! The hike was the perfect amount of challenging. Following reaching our destination, Gem Lake, Ryan invited those who were comfortable to take a short, more "extreme" hike a little bit higher up while those who didn't want to join were able to enjoy their lunch with the beautiful scenery of Gem Lake. He truly catered to the wishes of every individual!

The deli sandwich provided through the tour was so yummy. Eating a delish sandwich at 9000 ft elevation is truly unmatched!

Ryan also provided so many great recommendations for breweries and restaurants in Denver and surrounding areas.

I would rate my experience a 10000/10 if I could. I would absolutely do another tour with Ryan and the team at Aspire Tours.
Written November 4, 2021
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PosseSF
San Francisco65 contributions
Our Adventure was with Aspire Tours and Josh to Cub Lake. Josh was a great guide and provided Denver history on the drive up. Cub Lake Trail is a either a 6 mile loop, or a 5 mile in and out on one side. It's a Moderate rated trail. As weather can change, the best footware is mid-ankle (or higher) hiking boots or trail runners with tread. Footware such as Vans or deck shoes is not appropriate as there are areas of rocky incline and the rocks can be slippery. Wear layers as we experience a morning chill, to warm, to a mini micro hail event, back to sun. Hiking poles are helpful but not necessary. Bring at least 2 liters of water as the elevation can cause dehydration. The hike is gorgeous with an approximate 600 ft elevation change, starting around 8100 ft to 8700 ft. Thus, keep elevation fatigue in mind if your recent to the area. The vistas are stunning and there are elk in the area: often with bulls heard calling out. Cub Lake is a smaller but beautiful lake and great for a shoreside lunch
Written October 14, 2021
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Morgan S
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
My friends and I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike up to Bierstadt Lake. Paul was an excellent tour guide. He was very friendly, informative, and organized. Paul pointed out the best picture-taking spots along the trail and made us laugh throughout the trip. The 4 mile hike was well-paced and comfortable. We had lunch at Bierstadt Lake where we were able to take in the beautiful views! On our way to and from the park, we made stops in a small town to pick up pastries and snacks, as well as visited the Colorado Cherry Company to try the ice cream and slices of pie. We highly recommend Paul and Aspire Tours for an exciting hike, especially if it is your first time in Denver!
Written August 4, 2020
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