What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
Adams Falls Trail
Adams Falls Trail is a loop trail that passes a beautiful waterfall. The trail is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, so you will need to pay a fee to enter. The trail offers scenic views of Grand Lake and the Rocky Mountains. It is good for all skill levels.
Length: 0.8 miles
East Inlet Trail to Lone Pine Lake
East Inlet Trail offers wonderful views of a waterfall, lake, forests, wildflowers, and mountains. Wildlife can often be seen along the path. Go early to avoid the crowds on this popular trail.
Length: 10.6 miles
Gore Canyon Trail
The Gore Canyon Trail near Kremmling follows the Colorado River through Gore Canyon. The trail winds along above the river, and you can view river rapids from above. Be careful because sections of the trail can become washed out. Bring trekking poles to help you through. It is worth hiking this trail for the amazing views.
Length: 2.8 miles
Fishing and Boating
Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Lake Granby are all popular for both fishing and boating. In addition, the place where the Colorado River, Blue River, and Muddy River converge near Kremmling is a great spot for trout fishing. Many of the other rivers and lakes in the area offer boating and fishing as well.
Rocky Mountain National Park, at the start of the byway, is a world-class climbing destination. Summer and fall are the best seasons for rock climbing because the weather is moderate and it stays light longer. Wildlife such as mountain lions, bighorn sheep, bears, and eagles can often be seen while climbing. Popular spots for climbing in the park include Lumpy Ridge, the Diamond and the Casual on Longs Peak, and the Love Route on Hallet Peak.
Wildlife is plentiful in Rocky Mountain National Park and at other spots along the byway. You are sure to see some deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, bears, eagles, falcons, or snakes during your visit.
You will find places all along the byway to stop and have a picnic. Popular stops include Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, and State Bridge.