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Best Wildflower Hikes near Estes Park

Summer hikes near Estes Park are popular but become even more special during wildflower season. With colorful blooms and jagged mountain peaks in the background, summer in the Rockies is perfectly picturesque. So, don’t forget to stop and admire the flowers and use our guide to the best wildflower hikes near Estes Park.

 

Cub Lake

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 6.1-mile loop trail

Difficulty: moderate

Peak blooming: late May to July

 

Cub Lake trail has it all, with mountain views, a pristine lake, and of course wildflowers. This hike is perfect for viewing a wide variety of colorful blooms. With over 80 different wildflower varieties, there will be a unique view at every turn.

 

Nymph Lake

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 0.5 out and back

Difficulty: easy

Peak blooming: late May to July

 

If you find the hike from Cub Lake too challenging or too long, then take the half-mile route from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake. The lake is sprinkled with yellow-colored floating pond lilies, surrounded by a lush green landscape. If you continue a bit further, you will be greeted with breathtaking views of Hallett Peak plus an abundance of wildflowers along the way.

 

Tundra Nature Trail

Where: Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 0.5 out and back

Difficulty: easy

Peak blooming: late May to July

 

Driving to the top of trail ridge road, reaching an elevation of 12,319 feet, hikers will be met with hearty alpine flowers that are built to survive cooler temperatures. Some of the high-alpine species that can be seen include, Indian paintbrush, forget-me-nots, and Alpine avens. Be sure to check road closures for Trail Ridge Road as this road is not open year-round and access can vary.

 

Ute Trail

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 5.6 out and back

Difficulty: easy

Peak blooming: late May to July

 

Perfect for all skill levels, Ute Trail offers scenic mountain views and an abundance of Snowlover, a short plant with a cream-colored center and purple veins for a pop of color. Coupled with other tundra wildflowers along the way, this hike won’t disappoint. For easiest access to this trail starts at the Alpine Visitor Center within the park.

 

Ouzel Falls

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 5.4 out and back

Difficulty: challenging

Peak blooming: early to mid-July

 

Rocky Mountain National Park’s wild basin can be steep and rocky, but the views are worth every step. Wildflowers that are on display throughout this hike include mouse-eared chickweed and white bog orchids. With undeniable scenery, including a river and three waterfalls, this is a photo-worthy hike.

 

When you visit Estes Park there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rockies. Summer is a great time to discover the unique beauty of the mountains, especially with colorful wildflowers, all the while breathing in that fresh mountain air. So book your stay at Alpine Trail Ridge Inn and start planning your summer escape to Estes Park.

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