If you’re visiting Colorado make sure you visit Rocky Mountain National Park. I just found some pictures of my last visit there and they inspired me to write a little about the destination. It’s less then two hours from Denver and right outside the town of Estes Park.
Estes Park is a cool little town with lots of shops and restaurants. There’s also a brewery, where we sat and watched elk walk by as we enjoyed a microbrew; a glass-blowing studio, where you can watch demonstrations, and a history museum. The first time I ever saw an oxygen bar was in Estes Park, that’s also right downtown.
Heading east out of town you quickly come to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s about fifty miles from Estes Park to Grand Lake on the opposite side of the park and the whole drive is filled with incredible mountain scenery. Elevations go from a little over 7000 ft. in town to over 12,000 ft. at a couple of the overlooks.
There are campgrounds throughout the park if you want to stay, both drive-in and backcountry. None of the campsites have water or electricity, so if that’s something you need, Estes Park (east gateway) or Grand Lake (west gateway) are your best bet for lodging close to the park. I’ve never stayed in the park personally. My brother lived close by in Loveland so I stayed with him whenever I was in the area. One time we did stay in a cabin just outside of the park that was owned by the company my brother and sister-in-law worked for. That was a great experience, the fact it was free helped too.