Colorado is home to the Rocky Mountains, and that, in itself, is a basis for exploration! Wildland Trekking offers tours in both Rocky Mountain National Park and the Flat Tops Wilderness in Colorado. With the National Park at the heart of the Rocky Mountains and the Flat Tops Wilderness being one of the most expansive wilderness areas in the state, the scenery is abundant on any Colorado tour you choose!
Depending on the tour area, you will have a chance to see alpine lakes, volcanic peaks, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, clear rivers and streams, and of course, panoramic views of the mountains. Exploring Colorado’s backcountry will be an experience you won’t soon forget. The exquisite views paired with the right amount of solitude is a trip that you will not easily find traveling to other top Colorado locations.
Colorado’s landscape has no shortage of adventures awaiting. All of our tours are all-inclusive and led by our top-rated backpacking guides. Even if you’re not going with a guide, Colorado has tons of experiences to offer. For more information about how to book your next Colorado excursion, please contact us.
When to Go
Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are a wonderland of adventure year-round. However, if you are planning a trip based around hiking and backpacking, the best times of the year will be chosen based on warmer and drier weather conditions. As we offer snowshoeing tours in Rocky Mountain National Park, trekking can be an option in the winter as well.
June to August (Summer) is the busiest time of the year in the Colorado Rockies. Luckily, Colorado’s mountains thaw out early enough for us to venture into the backcountry as early as June, and the pleasant summer temperatures continue steadily through August.
The early summer season brings forth blooming wildflowers in the plains and then again in the alpine later in the summer. These colorful views, along with near-perfect daytime temperatures, bring in a vast number of visitors each year to the National Park. Many visitors hope to experience the mountains along with views of the area’s wildlife and wildflowers, both of which are extensive.
While summer will still be high season in the Flat Tops Wilderness, you can expect to see fewer people on your hikes. Rocky Mountain National Park is a more well-known destination in Colorado than Flat Tops, and naturally draws the majority of visitors. To experience both solitude and fantastic weather, Flat Tops is the perfect backpacking destination.
September to mid-November marks the seasonal change to Fall in the mountains. However, this is still a spectacular time of year to visit. Although it is short and temperatures will begin to get colder, you can’t beat the Aspen forests turning to deep yellows, oranges, and reds. The Fall is also a popular time to see elk in the mountains as they begin their mating season.
September will remain a busy time of year, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park, but as October rolls around, you will be able to experience a higher level of solitude. Most trails are still accessible throughout the Fall, making it a fantastic time for a backpacking trip.
April and May are also excellent options for a backpacking trip in Colorado. The springtime shimmers with seasonal rejuvenation and cascades of waterfalls from snowmelt. Keep in mind that not all of the snow will have melted in higher parts of the mountains, so not all trails will be accessible. Still, with fewer visitors, Spring can be a great time to find some peace and quiet on the trails.
December to March welcomes Colorado’s winter enthusiasts as the backpackers seek out warmer climates. Although winter conditions can be unpredictable in the mountains, they’re also incredibly rewarding to experience the snow-covered peaks without many other visitors nearby.
If you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, don’t worry. You can still trek in the Rockies on one of our multi-day or day snowshoeing tours. Experiencing the snow-covered trails with our expert guides can be a fantastic introduction to a new winter hobby. Pair snowshoeing with a background in photography, and you’ve opened up new worlds!
The only major drawback of visiting during the winter months is that the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is closed. It will usually close down in late October and reopen sometime in May. There are still many trails accessible despite this road closure.
Experience the heart of the Rockies on a backcountry backpacking trip in either Rocky Mountain National Park or the Flat Tops Wilderness. Either location has a diverse selection of tours with varying difficulty, solitude levels, and lengths. You will have a first-hand glimpse at the mountain lakes, alpine basins, glaciers, and wildflowers on these unforgettable backpacking adventures.
See Rocky Mountain and Flat Tops Backpacking Trips
Porter Or Llama Treks
Get the full Rocky Mountain backcountry experience with just the weight of your daypack. Our porters or llamas will ferry your gear in and out of the backcountry, allowing you to focus on the stunning sights! These trip options will demonstrate our commitment to fun, safety, and comfort while we ensure you see the best the Rockies have to offer. And besides, who doesn’t love relaxing with llamas for a few days?
These comfortable yet adventurous Rocky Mountain guided expeditions offer alpine hiking experiences, snowshoe expeditions, and even women’s only tours. You will have a chance to experience the Rockies in a way that very few visitors do. Our hikes lead you through wild, rugged landscapes during the day, with relaxing meals and lodging in the evenings. An inn-based tour in the Rockies is the perfect combination of adventure and cozy comfort!
Enjoy a unique camping and hiking experience in Rocky Mountain National Park. We have chosen a basecamp location for optimal serenity on the western side of the continental divide. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, we will enjoy carefully selected day hikes within the park that show off Colorado’s diversity in landscape and wildlife. Each night you can relax and enjoy a camp-cooked gourmet meal, share stories around the fire, and even enjoy a hot shower.
Need to Know
We take pride in covering all of the logistics for the duration of your tour. However, there are still some items you need to plan for before and after your Colorado Rockies trip with us.
Primary Departure City For Colorado
All Rocky Mountain National Park tours will originate in Estes Park, Colorado, and all Flat Tops Wilderness tours will begin in Denver, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport in town, and the most affordable and convenient option will be to fly into Denver International (DIA) and reserve a shuttle or car rental to get to Estes Park.
Each tour will have an orientation and rendezvous point that will be discussed with your guide approximately two weeks before your tour date. For more specific information regarding your chosen Colorado tour, visit the “trip logistics” tab on that tour’s specific webpage.
Book in Advance
After you’ve booked a tour with Wildland Trekking and your dates have been confirmed, you should begin booking your other travel arrangements. Flights and pre/post-trip lodging is not included in the trip price and should be booked well in advance.
For both tour locations, flying into Denver, CO is the best option for those arriving by air. Once you’ve booked a flight, consider lodging options in the appropriate area. As many of our tours experience significant elevation gain and loss, we recommend that you schedule two extra days before the start of your trip. This extra time will give you more time to acclimatize to the elevation of the area and prevent any altitude-related illnesses along the way.
If you have booked a Rocky Mountain National Park tour, you will be lodging in Estes Park, CO. Estes Park has plenty to offer as far as accommodation goes. Still, we recommend staying at the Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, Misty Mountain Lodge, The Estes Park Resort, or Stanley Hotel. Keep in mind that Estes Park is a premier tourist destination. That means that rooms will fill up fast and you should plan to book as early as possible!
All Flat Tops Wilderness tours have a rendezvous point in downtown Denver at Union Station. Both Flat Tops backpacking expeditions experience extensive elevation changes, so you should plan for time to acclimatize to the area. There is plenty of lodging available in Denver, CO, but you will also have to arrange for transport from your hotel to Union Station.
As you must fly into Denver for Rocky Mountain National Park tours, you will need to either book a shuttle or rent a car at the airport for the final leg of your journey to Estes Park. There are many different shuttle companies to choose from, but many of our clients choose to rent a car for increased flexibility.
If you’re flying into Denver for a Flat Tops backpacking trip, your local post-flight transportation will be dependant on where you are staying before and after the trip. Union Station is located downtown and is accessible via light rail to and from the airport. That being said, with a central location, many lodging options are available within walking distance of Union Station.
General Travel Advice
When booking your flight and hotel stay for your trip with us, keep in mind that you should give yourself ample time before and after your trip dates. We typically recommend scheduling at least one day before and after for all Wildland Trips. For the Colorado trips, however, we recommend two extra days before – for acclimatization – and one after your scheduled dates.
All of our guides do their best to keep the trip moving according to schedule. However, weather and other incidents can impact travel time and cause delays. To avoid missing a flight home, always plan an extra day at the end of the tour. Plus, it’s still nice to get a good night’s rest before a travel day.
For more detailed information about Colorado Rockies travel guidelines, visit our Travel Resources Page. Once there, select the drop-down menu labeled “Colorado” to learn more. If you have any questions or concerns before your trip, feel free to contact Wildland Trekking at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453).
Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.
For more information about all your options, check out our Colorado page on the website with the button below! Individual trip pages have detailed itineraries, trip specifics, travel information, and more.