3 Days of Rocky Mountain Highlights on Trail Ridge Road

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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
lake estes marina photo
Activity
Lake Estes Marina
Marina with kayaks, canoes, pontoon boat rentals. Boating, fishing, bicycling, picnicking. Visit us and make a day of it!
Lunch
Himalayan Curry & Kebob
Himalayan Curry & Kebob serves Indian- and Nepalese-inspired delights in a warm and cozy environment. The menu has vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free…
Activity
Estes Park Brewery
Established in 1994. We offer more than 12 fresh, handcrafted beers straight from our brewery, as well as root beer. Grab a sample of each and you…
Dinner
Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Brew
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,…
Activity
Shop Until You Drop

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

Lodging
Seven Keys Lodge
Historic lodge, restaurant, key museum by the national park.
Day
2
Breakfast
Mountain Home Cafe
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 &…
Activity
Hike Loch Lake Trail

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
Local market with a selection of grocery and deli basics, along with sandwiches and ice cream.
Activity
Hike Through a Ghost Town

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
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…
Activity
Never Summer Brewing Co.
Check out our brewery in downtown Granby, Colorado for hoppy IPAs, coconut porters and more.
Lodging
The World's End Brewpub and Inn
A family-run inn and brew pub near Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake
Day
3
Breakfast
Lulu City
Lulu City serves up coffee, doughnuts and gelato every day from 7am-7pm.
Activity
Hit the Beach at Grand Lake

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
Known by locals and visitors for their amazing homemade ice cream, this walk-up snack stand also serves a delicious selection of burgers,…
Activity
Stroll & Shop on the Grand Lake Boardwalk

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.
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.
Activity
Grand Lake Creative District
See how Grand Lake supports and encourages a creative economy with events, galleries, performing arts and other creative projects that preserve…
Lodging
Daven Haven Lodge/Back Street Steakhouse
Daven Haven Lodge, near Rky Mtn Natl Park.  16 cabins, kitchens, fireplaces/pets, WiFi. Backstreet Steahouse/Lounge/Patio has fine steaks,…