Across the Divide
Estes Park, CO5.0 (8 reviews)
- Cross the Continental Divide
- Tremendous Mountain Views
- Glacial-carved Valleys
- Alpine Tundra
- Snow-fed Waterfalls
- Abundant Wildlife Babitat
- Pristine Streams & Lakes
Our 5-Day Across the Divide backpack takes us from the rivers that flow east into the Atlantic, to the very headwaters of those that make their way west to the Pacific – and we do it all under our own power! We’ll begin along the waters of the pristine Big Thompson River, follow the drainage up past roaring waterfalls, alpine lakes, and glacial-carved granite cliffs. Then we’ll ascend above the clouds, over the Divide, and down into the river valleys flowing west out of the mountains!
Days one and two we’ll ascend through a long and lake-strewn canyon with views of high peaks above – on day three we’ll make our way up and over the continental divide. This is the crux and highlight of our trip – we’ll likely see elk, quite possibly bighorn sheep, and if we’re alert we’ll glimpse the white-tailed ptarmigan above tree line as we pass. Days 4 and 5 we’ll continue through the wildlife – rich forests of the western slope as we descend to our final destination and the return trip by shuttle through the alpine tundra to Estes Park. Don’t miss this epic Colorado backpacking adventure!
$1665 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This tour hikes over the Continental Divide, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, CO, ascending to an elevation of 12,300 FT/ 3,750 M above sea level. Each day contains steep sections of trail for long durations. Day three is the most challenging, requiring 9 MI/ 14 KM of hiking with an elevation gain and loss of 2,500 FT/ 760 M while crossing the divide.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip a solitude 3. You can expect hours of solitude at a time.
Travel to Estes Park
All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines and is an inexpensive airport to fly into. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to reach Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.
Denver to Estes Park Shuttles
Estes Park Shuttle: 970-586-5151
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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person