Rocky Mountain National Park Journals

Natural Skyscrapers of Rocky Mountain National Park

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An August 2006 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park by American91

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Quote: The Rocky Mountains. A name associated with the most breath-taking scenery in the world. This National park takes in every aspect of the Rockies, beautiful terrain, diverse wildlife, crystal clear strems and lakes and of course, the skyscraping moutains.

Natural Skyscrapers of Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain has an incredible amount to offer. Some of the best features of the parks are: • Bear Lake. This is an easy ¾ mile hike around the cleanest, purest lake I have ever seen. The mountains soar in the background and dark green evergreens blanket the area. This is a must-see for families and is even handicap accessible. • Alpine Visitors Center. This serves as a museum, viewing area, cafeteria, and gift shop. Perched at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, the Alpine visitor center looks down a picturesque valley. The exquisite views along with the alpine museum, not to mention its prime location in the park, makes the Alpine Visitors Center a great place to buy a souvenir/snack, learn about ...Read More

Holzwarth Historic Site

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Driving along the lower, Kawuneeche Valley, we past several trailheads, before we stumbled upon one which held bathrooms, which we were searching for. Across the parking lot was a small log cabin facing across the valley. On the porch sat a ranger who informed us that a short hike would take us to the Holzwarth Historic District. So we figured, why not check it out? Headed from the log cabin, you head into marshy area, which signs say is a moose favorite. Typically in the late afternoon you can spot one drinking from the river, if you’re lucky. Proceeding along the flat graveled path, you are lead into the cent of the valley, where you are completely encompassed by the Rockies. Just a little further d...Read More

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Holzwarth Historic Site

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Alberta Falls

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Situated in a prime location within Rocky Mountain National Park, Alberta Falls is the perfect, convenient hike for any traveler to the park, especially families. Right near the popular Bear Lake, you two choices for parking a car; the Bear Lake trailhead or Glacier Gorge trailhead. Expect a mile roundtrip from the Bear Lake trailhead, slightly less from Glacier Gorge. I parked in the Glacier Gorge parking lot and headed off. The trail promptly follows a wide stone gravel pass and briskly crosses a roaring river and then parallels the river for a quarter mile. Bear left at the fork and follow the path. From here, the trail becomes much more interesting. Only a quarter-mile from the fork is my favorite...Read More

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Alberta Falls

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Tundra Communities Trailhead

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Located along one of the highest points along Trail Ridge Road, the Tundra Communities trail is a short, informative and beautiful hike all in one. At the bottom of the trail, you’ll find a bathroom, the primary reason why most people stop here. Unfortunately, they hurriedly brush on and don’t take the time to explore the trail. A wide graveled path takes you from the parking lot up a short incline before leveling off. All along this short, half mile hike are boards explaining the complex alpine tundra and constantly telling you to stay on the trail. I can’t begin to say how many times a read the sign saying “Your foot-prints can damage the tundra for up to five years,” but upon reading up it becomes ...Read More

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Tundra Communities Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Estes Park: A Tourist Town

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Honestly, all “gateways” to National Parks are the same. The gateway, or the town, situated at the entrance is always bustling with tourists, streaming through the shops, buying souvenirs, polishing off ice cream, and enjoying all the luxuries that are either overpriced or not available in the park. In Rocky Mountain’s case, that town is Estes Park. The fact that the streets are packed with about 99% tourists and 1% locals isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure, the sidewalks are crowed with people trying to eat their hot fudge sundaes or snapping pictures of a hummingbird, and the road is filled with speeding cars driving precariously close to the pedestrians, but all you have to do is look up and see ...Read More

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American91

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Litchfield County, Connecticut

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