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Rocky Mountain National Park Interpretive Geology Hike 


This hike up Rocky Mountain National Park's Glacier Gorge trail has it all: beautiful metamorphic and intrusive rocks, moraine deposits, glacially carved terrain, scenic views, alpine lakes, and waterfalls! Learn to identify minerals and other features in the rocks, and hear the story they tell of how the majestic Rocky Mountains formed.
Round-trip length: 5.6 miles
Elevation gain: 900 ft
Difficulty: Medium. Trail is rocky and steep in some sections.

Note: This hike is 5.6 miles round trip and is at high elevation (>9,000 ft).
Season: June - October

Day pack, trekking poles, bottled water and trail snacks included.

Note: Park entry fee is not included.

Transportation from the Denver area can be provided for an extra fee. Please call our office to inquire about transportation.

Departure time: 7:00 am (8:00 am in October)

Duration: typically 5 - 6 hours

Meeting location: Glacier Basin Park and Ride in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Online bookings can be made up to 24 hours in advance. For same day requests please call our office to check availability.

Hikes fill up fast in the summer, so booking in advance is highly recommended!

Geology hikes are led by Dr. Roxana Safipour. "Dr. Rox" earned her PhD from Colorado School of Mines and has spent 6+ years working as a geologist in the gold mining industry.
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