2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
Take an unforgettable drive through Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) with this self-guided audio tour! These beautiful peaks are loaded with hiking trails and astonishing vistas, and this comprehensive tour will introduce you to all of them. Visit stunning lakes and mountain passes, hear the history of the remarkable women who helped create the park, and learn about the Ute tribe and their legends. And, of course, don’t forget to snap a few photos along the way!
About the Tour
Your tour through the Rockies begins at the Estes Park entrance, the most popular and most accessible entrance to the national park. From here, you’ll have the opportunity to take a detour down toward Bear Lake if you want to. Along the way, you’ll pass numerous splendid hiking trails to smaller lakes like Fern Lake and Bierstadt Lake before finally arriving at the huge, sparkling Bear Lake itself. There’s a reason this has become one of the park’s hottest attractions!
Continuing along the main route, the first hiking trail you’ll reach is Deer Mountain Trailhead, offering some great views from above if you’re willing to make the trek. Then you’ll see Beaver Ponds, featuring a boardwalk through a unique wetland biome, followed by Hidden Valley, which bears more resemblance to the Canadian wilderness than anything in the US.
After that, you’ll arrive at the first of many overlooks: Many Parks Curve Overlook. This viewpoint offers excellent views of a whole bunch of lush glacial meadows. As you drive toward the next overlook, you’ll hear all about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the role they played in this park’s history. Then, you’ll start uncovering the buried history of the Ute tribe who once occupied these mountains. You’ll also hear a retelling of the traditional Ute creation story about how a coyote helped create the world.
As you continue, you’ll pass the Roger Toll Memorial, dedicated to a photographer who helped spread the word about this one-of-a-kind landscape. After a few more stunning overlooks, you’ll arrive at Poudre Lake, which gets so cold during the winter it freezes all the way through!
On your way to the Colorado River Trailhead, which offers a look at an abandoned mining town, you’ll hear about the science behind the Rocky Mountains and Margaret Boos, a trailblazing geologist who fell in love with this park.
Up next are a couple of fascinating historical sites. First up is the Timber Creek Road Camp Barn, an artifact of the depression-era work projects which helped build the park’s roads and trails. Then there’s the Holzwarth Historic Site, one of the only remnants of the homesteads which could once be found all over the Rockies.
Up ahead, at Coyote Valley Trailhead, you’ll find an easy, paved trail with a popular fishing spot at the end. Then, on your way to the Green Mountain Trailhead, you’ll learn all about the bountiful wildlife that calls the Rocky Mountains home.
Finally, you’ll arrive at the lovely lakeside town of Grand Lake, the perfect place to make your return to civilization. The tour concludes here.
Closure notice: Trail Ridge Road for the winter season
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Where to start?
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Welcome/Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
Deer Mountain Trailhead
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Rainbow Curve Overlook
Ute Trailhead/Ute Tribe
Forest Canyon Overlook/Arapaho in the Rockies
Lava Cliffs Overlook
Gore Range Overlook
Alpine Visitor Center
Medicine Bow Curve
Elizabeth and Esther Burnell
Poudre Lake/Forest Canyon Overlook
Fairview Curve Viewpoint
Colorado River Trailhead/Colorado River History
Timber Creek Road Camp Barn/Building the Trail Ridge Road
Holzwarth Historic Site
Coyote Valley Trailhead
Green Mountain & Trailhead
Moraine Park Amphitheater
Big Thompson River
Moraine Park & Horseback Riding
Cub Lake Trailhead
Fern Lake Trailhead
Eagle Cliff Mountain
Hollowell Park & Mountain Lions
Park and Ride
Bierstadt Lake Trailhead
Quaking Aspens & Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead
Preview The Tour
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the state of Colorado, USA. It’s nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
There are cool options like campgrounds, cabins, and hotels where you can crash while exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Rocky Mountains are famous for their epic views! Think towering peaks, lush meadows, and tons of wildlife.
You can set up camp at different campgrounds inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for some awesome outdoor vibes!
Keep your eyes peeled, my friend! You can spot wildlife all over Rocky Mountain National Park, but places like Moraine Park and the Kawuneeche Valley are known for some wild sightings.
You’ve got to check out Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake, and those breathtaking viewpoints along the scenic drives. They’re pure awesomeness!
Yeah, you can bring your furry buddies, but keep them on a leash! They’re welcome in certain areas and developed spots, but not everywhere.
The main road that goes through Rocky Mountain National Park is called Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for some mind-blowing views along that route.
One day is a good start, but honestly, you’ll want more time to soak in the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s worth exploring at a chill pace.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.