Maximize Your Adventure This Spring

Stay at YMCA of the Rockies — Estes Park Center between May 1 and May 23, and receive a complimentary 1-day vehicle entrance pass to Rocky Mountain National Park — a $30 value!
Use promo code: RM05

  • Lodge rooms only, excludes cabin stays
  • 2-night minimum
  • Not valid on existing reservations
  • Not valid for group bookings
  • Based on availability
  • Online reservations only

This time of year is ready-made for adventure-seeking folks who enjoy a bit of solitude. The summer crowds haven’t arrived yet, and the National Park hasn’t yet implemented their timed entry reservation system. Here at Estes Park Center, not only do we have a treasure trove of activity offerings, we share three borders with Rocky Mountain National Park. Book a stay in one of our hotel-style lodge rooms this May, and we’ll throw in a day pass to Rocky Mountain National Park!

Scroll down to see our recommendations for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park this May!

Hike the Emerald Lake Trail

Start from the Bear Lake Trailhead and walk through pine forests past pristine alpine lakes, including Nymph Lake and Dream Lake. This 3.2-mile trek has an elevation gain of 702 feet. Remember: Snow-covered trails are still possible in May; foot traction devices are recommended. The views from this trail are unbelievable – this might just be the most rewarding hike under 5 miles in the country!
Note: This trail can be very busy, and parking fills up fast, so plan accordingly!

Spring is one of the best times of year to catch trout. Hit it now before the rivers get too high with snowmelt. Cast your line in the streams, lakes, and rivers of Rocky Mountain National Park, and be sure to check the fishing regulations here. Sasquatch Fly Fishing specializes in guided trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, plus they are located right on-site at YMCA of the Rockies in the Boone Family Mountain Center. Book your guided fly-fishing trip here.

Take in the Mountain Vistas
If hiking and fishing aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of amazing sights to see! Rocky Mountain National Park provides ample pull-offs to park and take in the views. Drive to Many Parks Curve and walk along the paved path to a stunning panorama of the Continental Divide. This is the perfect place to capture the moment with a few photos!

Book now! This is your chance to explore the park before the summer crowds arrive and before the timed-entry reservation system begins on May 24.

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