Skip to main content

Rocky Mountain National Park Sunset Hikes

sunrise over mountains
upper beaver meadows sunset
sunset over longs peak in rocky mountain national park during a hike taken through pine trees

Trip Highlights:

Sunset View Point

Sweeping Mountain Scenery

Hot Drinks Included

All Ages

Backpacks available at no charge

Trip Description:

Rocky Mountain National Park offers a mesmerizing backdrop for our sunset hiking tours.

As you traverse the trails, you’ll be captivated by the majestic peaks, alpine meadows, and pristine wilderness that define this iconic landscape.

Our hikes are carefully timed to coincide with the golden hour, ensuring you’re perfectly positioned to witness the beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains at dusk.

Our expert guides will lead you to the best vantage points, where you can capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories against the backdrop of the setting sun. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of a Rocky Mountain sunset and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Estes Park, Colorado.

Check Availability

$80-$125 PER PERSON

Season: April-November

Trip Details:

What's Included

  • Time Entry Pass
  • Hiking Equipment (if needed)
    • Backpack
    • Trekking Poles
    • Poncho
    • Headlamp
  • Hot Drinks
  • Dinner (on our sunset dinner hike)
  • 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

Hike Options:

Gem Lake Trail - Moderate Difficulty


$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 2 hours prior to sunset.
On the way back, we will pause about 45 minutes from the trailhead for hot drinks and sunset 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).

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 serene beauty captivates year-round, offering stunning reflections and panoramic views of Estes Park, Longs Peak, and the Continental Divide. As we descend from the lake, we’ll pause at a viewpoint that overlooks Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, and the Estes Valley, providing a breathtaking end to our adventure. Don’t miss this hidden gem tucked within the picturesque Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Reserve Your Gem Lake Sunset Hike

Emerald Lake - Easy to Moderate Difficulty


$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

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.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. On the return journey, we’ll pause at a perfect vantage point to witness the majestic sunset behind the surrounding peaks, while sipping on a hot drink.

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

Reserve Your Emerald Lake Sunset Hike

Upper Beaver Meadows - Easy Difficulty - Great for Families with Children under 10


$200 for 2 people, $250 for 3 people, $275 for 4 people,  $60 per person for 4-9 people

Round Trip Length: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 115 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Hike Time: 1.5 hours

Mom and Daughter walking in Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National parkOur Upper Beaver Meadows Hike offers a scenic and family-friendly adventure, in particular for families with young children.

As you trek through open meadows, be captivated by the breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and the majestic Longs Peak. Kids will delight in playing by the refreshing creek, adding an extra element of fun to your exploration.

And when it’s time to unwind, there’s no better way to end the day than by savoring hot drinks while basking in the beauty of the sunset painting the sky behind the mountains. The panoramas along this short section of open terrain are truly outstanding, offering unparalleled views of Moraine Park and the rugged peaks along the Continental Divide.

Keep your eyes peeled for grazing elk as you traverse the meadows and sparse pines, adding to the charm of this crowd-favorite trail. Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic of Rocky Mountain National Park on our guided Upper Beaver Meadows Hike!

Reserve Your Upper Beaver Meadows Hike

Deer Mountain - Moderate Difficulty -


$225 for 2 people, $305 for 3 people, $320 for 4 People, $70 per person for 5-9 people

Round Trip Length: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Hike Time: 4.5-5 hours

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.

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.

When the sun begins to dip below the horizon, we’ll pause on our descent to witness the sunset casting it’s glow over the landscape.

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.

Reserve Your Upper Beaver Meadows Hike


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


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


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


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