Continental Divide Loop
Estes Park, Colorado5.0 (25 reviews)
- Alpine Hiking Along the Divide
- Waterfalls & Wildlife
- Alpine Glaciers
- Amazing Diversity
- Dense Forests & Lush Meadows
- Famous Trail Ridge Road
- Guides Choice Trip
Please Note: this trip is temporarily discontinued due to wildfire damage that occurred to some of the campsites in 2020. We hope to open it back up very soon. In the meantime, two excellent alternatives are the Alpine Peaks, Lakes and Waterfalls Thru Hike and our Across the Divide trek.
This extraordinary Colorado backpacking trip combines the best of Rocky Mountain National Park in one exciting, 5-day adventure. It features meadow hiking, plunging waterfalls, wildlife sighting opportunities, alpine hiking with spectacular mountain views, creeks and alpine lakes. We begin our journey with a drive across Trail Ridge Road – the highest paved road in the United States. We begin hiking at Summerland Park, a serene setting of mountain rivers, lakes and meadows. Our hike takes us along several mountain creeks and through huge, winding meadow systems. We pass 3 waterfalls before topping out in the alpine country of the Continental Divide. We traverse the divide with stunning views down into the east side of Rocky, and then circle back around through more pristine mountain scenery to our starting point. This is a truly world-class mountain loop hike!
$1590 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 35-45 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4-8 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 1750 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 1500 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip goes up to approximately 12,000 feet in elevation. It’s best to arrive in Estes Park a day or two early to acclimatize.
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack
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
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
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