Day trip

Rocky Mountain National Park: Sightseeing with Picnic Lunch

Activity provider: Colorado Sightseer

Rocky Mountain National Park: Sightseeing with Picnic Lunch

Activity provider: Colorado Sightseer

From US$ 148.38 per person

Discover Rocky Mountain National Park on a full-day guided tour. Take in mountain views at Many Parks Curve, explore Horseshoe Park, and visit the hotel that inspired the famous novel "The Shining."

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Duration 9.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Trek up Trail Ridge Road for a bird's eye view above the treeline
  • Visit Many Parks Curve and Horseshoe Park with a local guide leading the way
  • Feast your eyes on the towering mountains while enjoying a picnic lunch
  • Watch for local wildlife such as moose, deer, eagles, elk, and marmots
  • Stop by the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind the novel "The Shining"
Full description

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.

  • Local guide
  • Pickup from Denver, Boulder, or Estes Park
  • Park entry fee
  • Picnic lunch
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with altitude sickness

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Meeting point

Meet by the flagpole out front of Union Station on Wynkoop St.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Thermal clothing

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to spend a day in Denver to acclimate to the elevation before heading up higher.
  • Lunch will be a turkey sandwich by default unless you contact the local operator to request a ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich instead
Customer reviews

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Had a great time and Stephanie (our guide) made sure we made the most out of our day!

October 2, 2022

Great tour with very knowledgeable guide. Van is clean and comfortable. Good filling sandwich for lunch with chips and a cookie included. Make sure to bring a water bottle.

October 7, 2022

Product ID: 422110