Rocky Mountain National Park is filled with endless activities such as hiking, fishing, scenic drives, and wildlife watching. With so much to do, you may be overwhelmed with what to plan for yourself and your family. It’s also very important to set out on a nature-filled adventure that will keep your kids excited and eager to explore the mountains. If it’s their first or tenth venture to the park, new and immersive experiences are still ready to be had. Read on to learn the perfect one-day itinerary for a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park with kids!


Rocky Mountain National Park is famous for its miles of hiking trails. The trails cater to the more intensive hikers to the visitors wanting to take a relaxing scenic stroll. For those traveling with toddlers or kids, the park has a variety of trails that will keep your family wanting to venture on.

Dream Lake is a tame hour-long hike with a minimal elevation change. The hike trails up to a beautiful view of the lake with wildflowers blooming all around it. Take a rest on the resting rocks near the water and take in the sights!

Alberta Falls Trails is the perfect trail if your family has their sights set on a waterfall. The hike lasts roughly 45 minutes, a good amount of time for the kids to not get too fatigued!

East Meadow Trail is a longer trail but is worth the hike once you arrive at the scenic open views of East Inlet Creek. You’ll most likely be able to catch a glimpse of moose, elk, and deer in the meadow.

Rocky Mountain Junior Ranger Program

RMNP hosts Rocky’s Junior Ranger Program, a great educational experience for kids of all ages. Children can learn all about the importance of park preservation and facts about the surrounding wildlife and nature. Head over to the Junior Ranger Headquarters and pick up a free activity booklet during your visit!

Horseback Rides

If you’re traveling with older kids, horseback rides through the Rockies are a great way to explore! Many horseback outfitters offer rides from two hours to even an all-day excursion. Plan the perfect horseback ride with the family and discover a unique Rocky Mountain experience.

Guided Tours

If visiting Rocky Mountain National Park is exploring unknown territory for your family, it may be best to take a guided tour. Knowledgeable tour guides can take you through unique and tucked-away spots that you may look over if visiting solo. If you’re looking for a tour focused on wildlife, good photo spots, or even hiking, it’s all waiting for your family!

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Complete your Rocky Mountain experience with your home away from home at Rocky Mountain Resorts. Located just minutes from downtown Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, we offer a variety of accommodations, from cabins and cottages to larger vacation homes. Be sure to find your perfect mountain getaway by using our search feature where you can select the type of lodging, dates, and the specific amenities you want.