Rocky Mountain National Park: Camping and Hiking

We recently went camping and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park which is one of our favorite parks in Colorado. We have visited it during winter, spring and now summer. There is so much to see that you could spend an entire year exploring every trail and still not see it all.

For our first camping trip with a baby, we had to prepare our Jayco Travel Trailer and purchase a child carrier for our hikes. We absolutely love camping with a trailer and every amenity has come in handy for traveling with a baby. We slept comfortably in real mattresses, warmly with the heater, took baths every night and ate meals prepared in our kitchen and stored in our fridge. I think you can call it glamping, because it was super enjoyable and easy!

Cub Lake Trail

On our first day, we arrived at Moraine Park Campground and set up. Since it was already the afternoon and we had a hot day, we tried to go on a short hike in the nearby Cub Lake Trail. I mistakenly thought it was a short trail, but after about half a mile, I remembered we had done this trail last year and it is actually a moderate trail of 5 miles and at some points it had steep elevation gains. It is not a trail you want to start in the afternoon and not a trail you want to do with a baby, unless you can take many stops along the way.

The trail runs along a creek and the mosquitos were out in full force. That alone was driving me to turn back, but we met some people on the trail that told us they saw a moose not too far away, so we kept hiking for another mile. Unfortunately we didn’t see a moose.

Sprague Lake

On our second day on the park, we headed to Sprague Lake. It’s flat and less than one mile roundtrip. Perfect first hike. The trail was actually pretty empty considering all the parking lots were full and we saw busloads of hikers coming from Estes Park.

Bear Lake

After Sprague Lake, we took the shuttle to Bear Lake – another short hike (less than one mile). We enjoyed some shade and a break to eat a snack and get Roark out of the carrier. The mosquitoes were bad here as well, but we were better prepared with bug spray.

Alberta Falls

From Bear Lake we hiked to Alberta Falls (about 1.5 miles). It was so great to hike along the rushing water and take a break at the top. From Alberta Falls we took the shuttle back to Sprague Lake where we had parked our car.

Moraine Park Campground

We made it back to our campsite for some dinner, smores and a beautiful clear starry night.

We loved camping and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. We have another trip planned for next month here and I can’t wait to see what other trails we’ll hike then.

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