When you drive into beautiful RMNP it can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first timers. With scenic vistas at every turn and wildlife galore, there are so many amazing options! Where should you begin? These three short strolls in Rocky Mountain National Park are a great place to start!
These awesome hikes are some of our favorites because they are easily accessible and provide great views without too much effort. Even though we have seen them countless times, we still find ourselves stopping at these places on our way to longer hikes just because they are that great.
1. Alluvial Fan & Horseshoe Falls
If you enter the park from the Fall River Entrance, this is an easy first stop with a great reward. The waterfall is a short walk from the parking area (less than half a mile round trip). The alluvial fan is a debris field caused by the lawn lake flood of 1982. In 2013 the area flooded again, changing the landscape further, but it is still beautiful. You can even venture to the top of the falls too, just be careful!
2. Sprague Lake
Taking a stroll around this lake is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. It is only 0.5 miles to walk around and has little to no elevation gain. This is also a fantastic picnic spot with great mountain views!
3. Bear Lake
This is one of our all-time favorites! No matter what time of year, this alpine lake is gorgeous. It is only 0.6 miles around the lake, with lots of shaded areas. In the summer, it is perfect for a walk. And in the winter, it is a fun area for snowshoeing. Although the elevation of the lake is high, the trail around it is relatively flat. It is also a great jumping point for many other hikes, including Dream Lake, Bierstadt Lake, and Flattop Mountain. The parking lot here fills up quickly though, so go early!
Want more tips for Rocky Mountain National Park? Read more:
- Alberta Falls, The Loch & Snow Sliding
- Stargazing in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Easy Winter Hike: Bierstadt Lake
- 3 Short Snow Hikes in RMNP
- Weekend Getaway Guide: Grand Lake
For more great Colorado hikes and activities for every season, check out our Colorado travel page.