Estes Park Colorado Trails & Maps, Trail Guide

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Estes Park trails roam the hills, stretch through downtown, or go around Lake Estes. When you’re not trail wandering in Rocky Mountain National Park, enjoy the trails in town!

Where can I find Trails in Estes Park?

Lake Estes Trail
Lake Estes Trail goes all the way around Lake Estes. The trail goes by the 9-hole golf course, offering views of Mummy Range, Lumpy Ridge, the Rocky Mountains, and the famous Stanley Hotel. On any normal day you’ll spot elk on the grounds.

Lake Estes Trail connects to the Riverwalk Trail, Fish Creek Trail, and Fall River Trail. 

  • Used for: walking, running, biking, skating, scooters, strollers, leashed dogs. 
  • Distance: 3.75 miles around lake. The trail extends south in two places. Under US 36 it will take you by the Dog Park and extend alongside Fish Creek Road. And on the east end, the trail goes under US 36 and continues along Hwy 7. 
  • Average Time: 35-50 min depending on what sport you’re doing! 
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal (there’s one hill on the east side) 
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail Type: Loop, paved 
  • Trailhead: There are multiple starting points around the lake. Park at the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 500 Big Thompson Ave, and start your journey here.

This lovely trail will take you through downtown Estes Park. Enjoy the Big Thompson River, Fall River, shady trees, grassy areas, benches, and picnic tables. There are also multiple playgrounds for the kids! 

  • Used for: walking, running, strollers, leashed dogs. There’s a grass area to play Frisbee by the playground on Ivy St. Due to heavy foot traffic, no biking allowed. 
  • Distance: Less than 1 mile. 
  • Average Time: 15 min, but take more time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings on the way! 
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal 
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail Type: out-and-back 
  • Trailhead: Starts on the south and west side of downtown, between the river and Kind Coffee. Ends on the east end next to Performance Park on Elkhorn Ave, or at the Children’s Park on East Riverside Dr.

Fish Creek Trail
Fish Creek Trail extends from Lake Estes Trail south alongside Fish Creek Road. You’ll go by the Dog Park, softball diamonds, and the 18-hole golf course as you head out of town. 

  • Used for: walking, running, biking, strollers, leashed dogs 
  • Distance: Still being built. It will meet the unpaved Homer Rouse Trail that goes between the entrance to Cheley Camp and Lily Lake. 
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal/Moderate. There are some rolling hills. 
  • Difficulty: Moderate 
  • Trail Type: out-and-back 
  • Trailhead: Starts west of the causeway that’s over Lake Estes. The trail goes from Lake Estes Trail, under US 36, and continues southward.

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