Backpacking trips in Estes Park allow you to see the fantastic scenery of the Rocky Mountain National Park while enjoying a great deal of exercise. Maybe you’ve already taken a guided backpacking trip with one of our guides and gotten hooked. What do you need to take with you if you’re heading out into the backcountry on your own?


  • dreamstime_xxl_20469074Bring a map of the area you’re planning on hiking through. While this seems like common knowledge, many people set off without a map and quickly become lost when the trail becomes difficult to read. That said, make sure you know how to read the map before you hit the trail. A map is only useful if you know what you’re looking at.

  • A compass should always make it into your pack. It’s a good idea to purchase a dedicated compass rather than relying on an app on your smartphone. Imagine being stranded if your battery died! Just like the map, be sure you know how to use the compass before you set out. The experts at Kirk’s Mountain Adventures can teach you the ropes.

  • Pack a first aid kit. In the backcountry, even minor cuts can become major problems if left untreated. Pack a first aid kit stocked sterile bandages and antibiotic ointment.

  • Clean water sources can be scarce on the trail. Be sure to pack plenty of water to get you to your destination and back. If you’re comfortable getting water on the trail from streams and natural sources, make sure you treat it before you drink it. Even the freshest-looking mountain stream can carry bacteria and parasites that will wreak havoc on your body.


These are just a few things you should carry with you into the backcountry. At Kirk’s Mountain Adventures, we offer guided backpacking trips through Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. Our guides will make sure you’re well-equipped for the trek. Contact us today to book your guided excursion!