We loved the Coyote Valley Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This hike is located on the western side of the park, and we saw six moose with in a mile or two of the trailhead in this valley. There isn’t much parking at the trailhead, but this area of the park was a little quieter, and we were able to find a place for our van.
This hike walks along the Colorado River right near it’s source where it is not much more than a stream. The water is clear and beautiful, and our boys enjoyed throwing rocks in the water. This area is very beautiful, and the hike is perfectly level through a large glacial valley. The trail runs about 1 mile out and back, and it would probably be okay to push wheels on the trail, though it isn’t paved, but mostly covered in small gravel.
There are restrooms at the trailhead, and the trail runs to the right out of the parking lot. After about 100 feet, there is a large bridge over the Colorado River. Then the trail turns right again and follows the river. There are even a few interpretive signs along the way. We didn’t see too many people along this trail, and it is the perfect place for a flat leisurely stroll. The valley is beautiful and definitely worth a stop.
Best of all, since it is an out-and-back trail, you can walk whatever distance suits you and then turn around. Coyote Valley Trail is a very family friendly trail. Add this one to your list of to-do hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.