Living in Denver gives me many opportunities to see truly incredible places near home, and Estes Park, where Rocky Mountain National Park is located, is one of those magical places. Sadly, I don’t come here enough, but when I do, it is a special occasion.
Driving Around The Park:
I’ve gone in winter and in summer, and usually just drive clockwise around Highways 36 and Highway 34. One time I drove up Highway 34 to “The Many Parks Curve” as far as we could, until we reached the winter gate.
I’ve only seen a portion of the park, since most of the preservation is backcountry and difficult to access. Here are the few places that I have hiked. They have been some of the most beautiful I've ever witnessed, and I cannot wait to venture through more of the wilderness in the future!
Hikes I Have Been On Inside The Park:
I say “trail”, because we would find out that we were not following the trail at all! Instead, we were just following another group's shoeprints in the snow. We knew that the lake is at the top of the hill, so we kept trekking and eventually made it to our destination and back onto the proper trail.
Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes
We had intentions to hike all day and see as much as we could, but an afternoon storm drove us back to the trailhead just after noon.
At Loch Lake, the winds were released, and we found ourselves in a tornado of whipping gusts. It didn't stop us from strapping on our skates and trying out the ice. The ice was extremely bumpy, because the water froze in place as the wind pushed it into waves. Needless to say, it was difficult to skate on, and compared to my friend Natalie who was a collegiate hockey player, I was an embarrassment! We let the wind push us around the ice until we nearly froze. Then, we took off our skates and quickly made it back to our cars.
Each of my experiences inside the park has been such an adventure, and I cannot wait to go back and explore even more. The park has so much more hiding inside its thousands of protected acres, and I cannot wait to see what I discover next time!
See more from Colorado's other National Parks on my "Parks Page"
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