Outdoor Exploration: Rocky Mountain National Park

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I got to travel to Estes Park, CO and visit Rocky Mountain National Park.

Although not as geothermal as Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain NP has a certain charm in its high elevation and views of rolling green foothills. Heres me at the Longs Peak overlook (the tall mountain is where a 19-year-old hiker recently got stranded and later rescued):

Longs Peak Overlook
Longs Peak Overlook

Longs Peak  is 14,259 feet tall and one of 53 “14ers” (or over 14,000 foot mountains) in Colorado.

We couldn’t make it to the West side of the park from the East side where we entered, as the roads across the mountains were still closed. As you can see, there was still some snow in the park at Bear Lake:

The snow covers the signs and garbage cans at Bear Lake recreation area.
The snow covers the signs and garbage cans at Bear Lake recreation area.

Despite the snow and clouds, we still got to see some wildlife! Mule deer first, and then a female moose!

Mule deer in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mule deer in Rocky Mountain National Park
Moose foraging off the road.
Moose foraging off the road.

One aspect I really like about Colorado is how colorful it is between the green foothills, the yellow lichen and the white mountains.

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I hope to get back up to RMNP this summer, as it is only about an hour away from where I live now. Flood warnings have been closing roads all over the place in Northern Colorado, so hopefully those will be over as well!

Sprague Lake - RMNP
Sprague Lake – RMNP

**All photos are mine.

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