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3 Days of Rocky Mountain Highlights on Trail Ridge Road

3 Days of Rocky Mountain Highlights on Trail Ridge Road
3 days

Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park to Grand Lake only spans 48 miles, but it's jam-packed with history, foodie adventures and stunning views of the Continental Divide.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1
Activity

Lake Estes Marina

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Marina with kayaks, canoes, pontoon boat rentals. Boating, fishing, bicycling, picnicking. Visit us and make a day of it!

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Lunch

Himalayan Curry & Kebob

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Himalayan Curry & Kebob serves Indian- and Nepalese-inspired delights in a warm and cozy environment. The menu has vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and incorporates local twists in dishes... Read More
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Elkins Distilling Co.

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We acknowledge and tip our hats to the men and women who have been making excellent whisky in the Rocky Mountains for hundreds of years. Elkins Distilling is honored to continue that tradition... Read More

Dinner

Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Brew

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You know the biggest perk of eating at Smokin’ Dave’s? The food. Hands down. No question. People come to us first and foremost for our barbecue, sides, and assorted tasty dishes. Read More
Activity

Shop Until You Drop

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Take a stroll and pop into the shops along the Riverwalk.
Lodging

The Baldpate Inn

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Historic lodge, restaurant, key museum by the national park. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Mountain Home Cafe

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For years, Mountain Home Cafe has been serving breakfast and lunch in Estes Park. It is family owned and operated. And a favorite for locals & visitors! Read More
Activity

Hike Loch Lake Trail

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This 5.4 out-and-back trail gives you beautiful views of a lake surrounded by evergreen trees.

Insider's Tip

Have a Picnic in Rocky Mountain National Park:

Before you head out, stock up on sandwiches and snacks at The Country Market of Estes Park. You'll find plenty of picnic areas throughout Rocky Mountain National Park, and there's nothing like dining with a Colorado view. 

Lunch

The Country Market of Estes Park

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Local market with a selection of grocery and deli basics, along with sandwiches and ice cream. Read More
Activity

Hike Through a Ghost Town

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Hike the site of Lulu City, a former silver-mining boomtown. As you make your way through the meadows keep an eye out for wildlife like pika and marmot.
Dinner

Cascades Restaurant & Whiskey Bar

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Cascades Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch or dinner in our comfortable dining room. Stop by for a cocktail in our lounge in the state's largest whiskey bar.

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Activity

Never Summer Brewing Co.

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Check out our brewery in downtown Granby, Colorado for hoppy IPAs, coconut porters and more.

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Lodging

The World's End Brewpub and Inn

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A family-run inn and brew pub near Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake Read More
Day 3

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deel:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Breakfast

Lulu City

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Lulu City serves up coffee, doughnuts and gelato every day from 7am-7pm. Read More
Activity

Hit the Beach at Grand Lake

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Spend some time on Grand Lake's sandy beach, where you can fish, swim or just unwind and enjoy lakeside views like you've never seen before.
Lunch

Miyauchi's Snack Bar

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Known by locals and visitors for their amazing homemade ice cream, this walk-up snack stand also serves a delicious selection of burgers, sandwiches and sides. Vegetarian options are available.

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Stroll & Shop on the Grand Lake Boardwalk

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Stroll along the wooden boardwalk and explore an array of boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, antique shops, bookstores, outfitters, ice cream parlors and candy shops.
Dinner

White Buffalo Pizza Co.

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Jump on a saddle stool or pull up a chair and dig into delicious pizzas, calzones, panini and salads. Fresh gluten-free crust is available. Read More
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Kauffman House Museum

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Constructed in 1892, the Kauffman House Museum is the only remaining log hotel built in Grand Lake before the 1900s. The museum’s collection includes historic displays of clothing, furniture, dolls... Read More
Lodging

Daven Haven Lodge/Back Street Steakhouse

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Daven Haven Lodge, near Rky Mtn Natl Park.  16 cabins, kitchens, fireplaces/pets, WiFi. Backstreet Steahouse/Lounge/Patio has fine steaks, signature fish/chicken/game entrees, Bon Appetit... Read More