Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
Departure: Boulder, Denver, Estes Park
Activity: Backpacking, fly fishing, hiking
$655 per person
We guarantee departure, but there are different prices for less than 4. $655 per person for 4 or more people, $875 per person for 3 people and $1,095 per person for 2 people. Contact CWRAG office for prices for solo travelers. Additional trip options: fly fishing ($100 per person) plus fishing license ($9 - $27 pp)
Location of Trip:
Rocky Mountain National Park, or Front Range Colorado
Length of Trip:
2 Days and 1night
custom dates available by request all season long- please call to schedule
Early morning departure on Day 1 and early evening return on Day 3
Welcome to one of the best weekend getaways for hiking and backpacking in Colorado! Do you only have two days and want to have a wilderness backpacking experience? Only 2 hours from Denver Colorado, you can can spend 2 days experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service.
This guided Colorado backpacking trip is a great way to see, experience, and get in touch with the variety, scenery, and wildlife of Americas 10th National Park. The trip traverses the continental divide one-way East to West or West to East on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail through the heart of the wilderness. The vistas are grand, the opportunity to see larger mammals (moose and elk) likely, and biodiversity unique to this part of the continent and world. Our goal is to experience the best of the Rocky Mountains, learn new skills, and have a safe and stimulating experience that lasts a lifetime.
Itinerary: Exact Itinerary will depend on the groups desires when booking the trip. All of our trips are private and custom and created especially for the perfect experience for our clients.
Day 0: Meet and go over gear, food, and itinerary. Plan on meeting for 1-1.5 hours the night before to make sure all gear is double-checked and your backpack is packed and ready to go for an early morning departure. Note: Some companies include this day as part of the total trip length, thus making it a four-day trip. However, we only include it as Day 0 to build rapport with your Colorado local guide and help with your acclimation.
Day 1: This day starts early after we pick you up at your Boulder hotel or a central meeting place. We then drive 1-2 hours to the trailhead high in the Colorado Rockies. The drive will be spent going over expectations and safety concerns and any last-minute questions. Once on the trail expect a few hour hike to arrive at our campsite for the night. After camp setup you will have the chance to explore the area while your guide begins dinner preparations.
Day 2: From the campsite, we will have a leisurely day packing up camp, perhaps an early morning fishing session or side hike to explore a bit more. Then we will return the way we came and head back to the trailhead where we will celebrate another wonderful in weekend in the mountains.
Easy – On our easy trips, you will hike 2-4 miles a day with a 25-35 pound backpack remaining on maintained trails. Elevation gain/loss may be as much as but not more than 1500 feet. Altitudes range from 5,000 – 9,000’. Our exact difficulty will be discussed before we book the trip so we can make sure you and your family or group get the right trip for you.
What to Bring: Sent with trip confirmation
Included: The services of a professional backpacking guide, Rocky Mountain National Park permit and back-country Colorado camping permits, transportation between Boulder and the wilderness trail heads, shuttle and extra shuttle staff for traverse, all food during the backpacking trip, a re-supply drop, if necessary, gear for water purification and cooking, bear canister, tent, medical kit, CB radio and contingency and emergency support.
Not included in our rates: Meals while in the front country (breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on the last day), laundry, alcoholic beverages, hotel overnight before your trip and at trip’s conclusion; personal equipment (sleeping bag, pad, backpack – these items are available to rent), and gratuities for your guide(s) – while this is at your discretion, the recommended amount is 20%. If you want to add fly-fishing, cost is $100 extra per person (rod, reel, and flies for the trip and backpacking – angling guide)
If you’re looking for the best backpacking in Colorado, we can make that happen through our custom guided backpacking trips, Colorado hiking trips, and uniquely tailored backpacking tours. For families and small groups, we have designed attractive Colorado backpacking and hiking vacations (camping near Denver). Let us show you the hidden spots of Rocky Mountain National Park in our Rocky Mountain backpacking tours. We offer backpacking for beginners to those wanting complex experiences on and off backpacking trails.
If you enjoy hiking trails around your home, take it to the next level and join us for Colorado hiking. Hiking in Colorado is truly an unforgettable experience. Use our single day Boulder hiking tours and Denver hiking trips to acclimate to Colorado’s thin air prior to beginning the backpacking Colorado tours and hiking trips. As a technical climbing, mountaineering, skiing and education concessionaire in Rocky Mountain National Park, we know the park like the back of our hand. Our permits with 14 other land managers, allow us to fashion acclimatization hikes to fit your needs and schedule. Come visit our Boulder hub, located only 45 minutes from Denver International Airport or let us meet you at your hotel.