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Sunrise hike
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunrise Hikes

Trip Highlights:

Sunrise View Point

Sweeping Mountain Scenery

Fresh brewed Coffee while you take in the Sunrise.

All Ages

Backpacks available at no charge

Trip Description:

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park as you join our sunrise hiking tours.

Against the backdrop of the Rockies, these guided hikes are timed to coincide with the first light of dawn, offering you a front-row seat to nature’s grand spectacle.

Our sunrise hikes take you along the trails while most people are still asleep, offering you a peaceful and uncrowded experience!

Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of a Rocky Mountain sunrise!

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$80-$125 PER PERSON

Season: April-November
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Trip Details:

What's Included

  • Time Entry Pass
  • Hiking Equipment (if needed)
    • Backpack
    • Trekking Poles
    • Poncho
  • Hot Drinks
  • Trained Guides with years of experience and extensive knowledge of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Emergency Equipment (guides carry)

What's Not Included

  • Entry Fee (this is separate from the timed entry pass we provide)
  • Transportation (our tours cost less than others due to the savings on transportation)
  • Water
  • Appropriate Hiking Clothes
    • Synthetic Clothing if Possible
    • Sturdy Hiking Shoes (no sandals, tennis shoes, etc…)
  • Guide Gratuity

Trip Details:

Hike Options:

Gem Lake Trail - Moderate Difficulty

Price:

$250 for 2 people, $300 for 3 people, $400 for 4 People, $85 per person for 5-9 people

Round Trip Length: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 987 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Hike Time: 2.5-3 hours
The hike starts 45 minutes before sunrise.
On the way up, we will pause about 45 minutes from the trailhead for freshly brewed coffee and sunrise watching.

Embark on an exhilarating adventure through the captivating Gem Lake Trail in Estes Park, Colorado. This hike, while short, presents a moderately challenging uphill journey right from the start, perfect for families looking to acclimate to Colorado’s elevation. As you ascend, pine trees and granite boulders adorn your path, offering glimpses of the natural beauty that surrounds you in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

On our way up, we’ll pause at a sunrise viewpoint that overlooks Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, and the Estes Valley, providing a breathtaking break on our adventure. As you watch the sunrise, your guide will brew some fresh local coffee for you to enjoy.

Though the trek may be exhausting, the reward is well worth it. Gem Lake, though modest in size more akin to a serene pond, exudes its own unique charm.

Gem Lake’s beauty captivates year-round, offering stunning reflections and panoramic views of Estes Park, Longs Peak, and the Continental Divide.

Don’t miss this hidden gem tucked within the picturesque Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Emerald Lake - Easy to Moderate Difficulty

Price:

$250 for 2 people, $300 for 3 people, $400 for 4 People, $85 per person for 5-9 people

Round Trip Length: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Estimated Hike Time: 2.5-3 hours
The hike starts 45 minutes before to sunrise.
On the way up, we will pause about 45 minutes from the trailhead for freshly brewed coffee and sunrise watching.

Experience an unforgettable journey along the breathtaking Emerald Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

This 3-mile round-trip hike is perfect for adventurers of all skill levels, rated as easy to moderate. Along the way, you will come across three pristine alpine lakes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake. Each stop presents its own unique charm, set against rugged peaks and lush landscapes.

About 45 minutes from the trailhead, we’ll pause at a perfect vantage point to witness the sunrise while enjoying freshly brewed coffee from a local roaster.

Join us on the Emerald Lake Trail for a journey that guarantees breathtaking views.

Deer Mountain - Moderate Difficulty -

Price:

$300 for 2 people, $400 for 3 people, $475 for 4 People, $100 per person for 5-9 people

Round Trip Length: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Hike Time: 4.5-5 hours
The hike starts 45 minutes before to sunrise.
On the way up, we will pause about 45 minutes from the trailhead for freshly brewed coffee and sunrise watching.

Mom and Daughter walking in Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National park

Join us on an unforgettable guided hike to the summit of Deer Mountain, an ideal choice for adventurers seeking stunning mountain views without the strenuous ascent. This trail promises a breathtaking journey through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park.

When the sun begins to rise over the horizon, we’ll pause to witness the sunrise casting it’s glow over the landscape, while enjoying freshly brewed coffee and local pastries.

From the top of Deer Mountain, be mesmerized by sweeping vistas overlooking Moraine Valley and extending out towards Longs Peak and the surrounding mountains. The trail also offers stunning perspectives of Little Horseshoe Park and the impressive Mummy Range, providing ample opportunities for memorable photo stops.

Whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned adventurer, Deer Mountain offers a rewarding experience in the pristine beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Flattop Mountain: Difficulty - Strenuous- Designed for those looking for a challenge

Price:

$375 for 2 people, $475 for 3 people, $550 for 4 People, $125 per person for 5-9 people

Round Trip Length: 8.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,874 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous
Estimated Hike Time: 6-8 hours
The hike starts 45 minutes before to sunrise.
On the way up, we will pause about 45 minutes from the trailhead for freshly brewed coffee and watching the sunrise.

Mom and Daughter walking in Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National park

The Flattop Mountain hike provides a challenging yet rewarding adventure offering unparalleled views in Rocky Mountain National Park.

You’ll traverse through a diverse alpine landscape, with breathtaking vistas of Dream Lake, Longs Peak and Hallet Peak.

As climbtowards the summit, we’ll pause at a scenic viewpoint to witness the magical sunrise painting the sky in hues of gold and pink—a fitting start to an unforgettable adventure.

You’ll encounter the enchanting Krummholz forest, where windswept pines twist and bend like works of art. The trail becomes steeper as it climbs above treeline, leading you through rugged rock and sprawling tundra.

Upon reaching the summit of Flattop Mountain, you’ll understand how it earned its name—a vast expanse of tundra and rock offering 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding peaks.

Join us for a guided hike to Flattop Mountain and experience the beauty and grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park like never before.

Summer

Hikes can be scheduled 7 days a week depending on guide availability. Evenings are typically spectacular as the afternoon thunderstorms move out.

Fall

We Primarily offer weekday guided hikes as the weekend evenings tend to be extremely busy with Elk viewing.

Winter

During the Winter, we shift to snowshoe trips instead of guided hikes. We typically take off December from offering any trips.

Spring

We offer limited availability of sunset hikes due to fickle spring weather in the National Park.