Looking for a nice family hike near Estes Park? Lily lake is the place. Lily lake is a small lake surrounded by many beautiful sites. The lake is situated right off of Colorado Highway 7 about 7 miles south of the town of Estes Park. Lily Mountain, pictured above, makes a beautiful back drop for family photos. You also will have awesome views of Twin Sister's Peak, Estes Cone, Mount Meeker, and Long's Peak.
The short trail around the lake is easy for all ages and is even suitable for a stroller. If you are looking for something longer or harder, the Twin Sisters Trail head is across the street and the Lilly Mountain Trail is 1/4 mile north.
Another nice thing about Lily Lake is that you do not have to have a National Park Pass ($25) to access the trail. I do suggest you visit Rocky Mountain National Park but this lake is a gem located outside the National Park Fee Area.