Deer Mountain

a panoramic view of mountain ranger
Deer Mountain at Sunset

NPS Photo / Kim Grossman

Quick Facts

At 10,013 feet, Deer Mountain is encompassed in a forest of sweet-smelling ponderosa pines.

There is a 6-mile round trip trail that starts at Deer Ridge Junction that will lead visitors to Deer Mountain. Found in the montane forest zone, the peak of this mountain does not go above treeline. However at the summit, you will be rewarded with views of Longs Peak, Moraine Park, Upper Beavers Meadows, and Estes Park. A great option for summiting a mountain when other higher peaks may be unreachable due to snow.

Weather Warning: Weather in the mountains can turn in an instant! Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Check the forecast before heading out. Lightning can strike anywhere in Rocky. Watch for building storm clouds and return to the trailhead immediately if you hear thunder. As a rule of thumb, try to be back at the trailhead by noon.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: October 27, 2020