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From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

1. From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

Explore the Rocky Mountain National Park on this day trip from Denver. See nature at its finest as you take in unspoiled views and magnificent peaks. Cruise down Trail Edge Road and through Estes Park in a comfortable and airconditioned van. Stop for a nice picnic in a stunning natural setting.  Meet your local guide at the Denver Union Station and climb aboard a spacious van with plenty of legroom. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Take in views of the city of Boulder on the drive.  Stop to see the iconic Flatirons red-rock formation. Admire views of this 300-million-year-old wonder that lies in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Feel as though you are on top of the world as you cruise down Trail Edge Road which offers plenty of opportunities for capturing breathtaking photos. Indulge in delicious picnic lunch as you enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Visit the Stanley Hotel which was made famous as the shooting location for Stephen King's film 'The Shining.' Encounter marvelous views of the Rocky Mountains as you drive through Estes Park. Return to your meeting point in Denver at the end of your Rocky Mountain adventure. 

From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Fall/Winter Tour

2. From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Fall/Winter Tour

Get to know the wild side of Denver, with a tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Take the day to walk through the stunning mountain and valley scenes, spotting wildlife and touring around a glacier lake. Delight in a meal and shopping in Estes Park, then catchup on local history at the Stanley Hotel. Arrive at the Rocky Mountain National Park and allow yourself to explore the diverse natural beauty of Colorado. Walk the snowy paths, and catch sight of elk grazing on rich grasses in Moraine Park. Then, gaze at the mountains and park views at Many Parks Curve. Explore the nature-made Alluvial Fan in Horseshoe Park, and meander through the mountain village of Estes Park, admiring artwork, shops, and the leisurely pace of discovery. Grab some lunch in the village, and continue through the day to learn more about the power of Mother Nature. Make a visit to the Historic Stanley Hotel, and experience this manor-style hotel. Who knows, maybe you'll find it so inviting, you'll book a night or two in the glacial mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Sightseeing with Picnic Lunch

3. Rocky Mountain National Park: Sightseeing with Picnic Lunch

Immerse yourself in the spectacular sights of Rocky Mountain National Park with a guided day trip from Denver. Hike the park trails while watching for local wildlife such as elk, eagles, and marmots. Savor a picnic lunch and discover alpine lakes and waterfalls. Begin your tour by meeting your guide at the designated pickup point and drive into Rocky Mountain National Park in an air-conditioned van. Admire incredible mountain views as you head deeper into the park, stopping at the scenic panoramic overlook at Many Parks Curve, a hairpin turn on Trail Ridge Road. Proceed to Horseshoe Park to discover a staggering alluvial fan, a naturally made deposit of water-transported material. Explore several short trails, watch for native wildlife such as elk and deer, traverse wide meadows, and wander by waterfalls, alpine lakes, and fragile alpine tundra. Take a break from hiking for a picnic lunch. Enjoy one last glance at the expansive forests, sprawling meadows, and towering mountains before driving back to your pickup location. Visit the village's art galleries and The Stanley Hotel, best known for inspiring the novel "The Shining" by Steven King.

From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

4. From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a memorable trip outside of Denver to the wilderness of Mount Evans on this day-trip. See the world from the top of the mountain and enjoy scenic stops at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Echo Lake, and Idaho Springs. See the Red Rocks Amphitheater, built in a red sandstone rock formation and one of the most beautiful music venues in the United States. Next, head to Echo Lake, filled with its crisp mountain waters and surrounded by evergreen trees. Continue all the way to the summit, along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Take some spectacular pictures from the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Rockies and be on the lookout for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats making their way around. On your way back to Denver, check out some local history in the city of Idaho Springs. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold at this location where the Chicago Creek meets Clear Creek.

From Denver: Rocky Mountains Jeep Tour with Picnic Lunch

5. From Denver: Rocky Mountains Jeep Tour with Picnic Lunch

Have an unforgettable experience on a trip from Denver and see the many wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park on this Jeep tour. Learn about the park's nature and wildlife from a naturalist guide and enjoy a picnic lunch. Meet your guide and make your way to Rocky Mountain National Park to ascend high into the alpine tundra via switchbacks on Old Fall River Road. Search for wildlife like mule deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and a diversity of bird species like bald eagle, Clark's nutcracker, and Steller's jay. Step out of the Jeep and adventure on foot. Learn about wildflowers and their medicinal value and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view before heading back to Denver. This unique adventure is designed to offer memorable encounters with nature while supporting wildlife conservation efforts across the globe. Wildlife conservation initiatives are given 5% of the proceeds of this activity.

Guided Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

6. Guided Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Join a guided day-trip from Denver and discover one of America’s most beloved national parks. Your guide will lead you on a hike suitable for your group and help you to discover the incredible Rockies with entrance fees and a picnic lunch included. Meet in Denver and get ready for your full-day, small group hike, one of the best ways to experience the Rocky Mountain National Park. Your guide will lead you on one of their favorite trails in the park with majestic mountain views, a scenic lake, or a waterfall. Enjoy plenty of stops to rest, take photos, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Expect wildflowers in the summer, the changing colors of aspen trees in the fall, and snow-covered trees and meadows in the winter.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Driving Audio Tour App

7. Rocky Mountain National Park: Driving Audio Tour App

Experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park with this audio tour that works offline. Use the live GPS to learn more about historical sites, natural landscapes, and the people who have lived in this area. Start at the Estes Park entrance and travel toward sparkling Bear Lake. Pass numerous hiking trails to smaller lakes like Fern Lake and Bierstadt Lake. Make as many stops or take as many detours as you like. Reach Deer Mountain Trailhead. Head to Beaver Ponds which has a boardwalk through a unique wetland biome. Travel to Hidden Valley and Marvel at the views of lush glacial meadows at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Hear about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Uncover the buried history of the Ute tribe and listen to a Ute story. Go by the Roger Toll Memorial. Tour at your own pace and let your audio guide reveal all this and more as you drive along.

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The birding man adventures with Dr. Ryan Dibala was an incredible experience. Yes he has a PhD! Imagine taking an 8 hour jeep tour of the Rocky Mountains with an encyclopedia of the forest. Dr. Ryan has an incredible amount of knowledge of the area, the wildlife and its history. He picked us up from our hotel and we had the best experience on a mountain excursion we ever had. We have been to the mountains many times before but not like this. He is very friendly and caring. He even stopped at Estes Park and the Stanley hotel for a quick tour. He truly wants to teach you on your trip. he goes out of his way to make sure you see the wildlife. We saw, elk, sheep and lots of birds. His wife Angie also prepared a picnic lunch for us that was amazing. Dr. Ryan led us on an easy hike up some trails where we had a lunch overlooking majestic views of the mountains and wildlife. This would definitely be on my bucket list! We are planning on booking a camping trip with him this summer!

This was an amazing experience! I'm new to the mountains and didn't really know where to go. This tour was excellent at showing us the incredible beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Ryan's vast knowledge of the area and wildlife taught us many things. I highly recommend this tour if you're not sure where to go to get your nature fix or if you want to learn more about Colorado wildlife!

Don’t even hesitate - this is one of the best tours I’ve ever taken! The Rocky Mountains are truly stunning in winter. Emily our tour guide was wonderful, had so many interesting facts to share and had boundless energy. The stop at the Stanley Hotel was a cool extra addition!

I enjoyed seeing Rocky Mountain National Park and all of the cute towns that surround it. Our guide Will was very knowledgeable and had plenty of great stories to tell us.

Will is an excellent guide, he has so much information to share I had a wonderful hike with a small group Lunch sandwich was excellent as well!