Deer Mountain (Rocky Mountain National Park)
There’s a hike, a scenic drive and wildlife viewing all for your pleasure on this outing to a Colorado natural treasure. Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful, natural treasure, just two hours from Denver by car. Filled with gorgeous lakes, impressive high mountains and clearly marked trails, the park is very popular with tourists, but should not be overlooked by Coloradans. An entrance fee is required. The Deer Mountain trail is one of the easier summit routes in the park and is highly recommended for families. Finished with your hike? Don’t head home just yet. Take a short drive to the intersection 100 yards west of the trailhead and continue west up Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the world and one of the most beautiful byways in Colorado. You will be thrilled by the above treeline views in every direction. Or go north from the intersection and drop shortly into Horseshoe Park, the best location in the park to view wildlife. Elk and mule deer are frequent visitors. But the thrill is in seeing bighorn sheep attracted down to a mineral lick.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,723 ft|
|Duration||83 minutes up, 72 minutes down|
|Season||Late May to late October|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,930 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,013 ft|
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