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Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Blog

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Lia checks out the water temperature at the river

After retrieving Ned from the airport (hooray!), everything went according to plan and we arrived at Rocky Mountain National Park before sunset.  What a beautiful park with snow-capped mountains and just a few roads running through the wilderness!

The first night at Glacier Basin Campground was very nice and we actually thought it was more pretty than Moraine Campground the second night, although both are beautiful.  It is dry camping and at the dump station this morning we met a family from nearby us in The Woodlands! 

Yesterday we hiked a total of 4 miles to see Alberta Falls (waterfall) and Nymph and Dream Lakes.  It started storming at Dream Lake and we scurried back through the snow and across the water back to the shuttle bus.

Campfire makers
  We returned to make a campfire at Moraine Campground for the evening.

Today we drove the Trail Ridge Road through the park from east to west.  We got a GPS picture of the 12,200 foot elevation above the tree line!  The park has 3 different ecosystems:  Alpine, and Sub-Alpine, and Montane (pine forests and meadows).  We also saw elk and moose today! 

As a side note, we found the hikers in RMNP to be the most friendly ever!  Everyone smiled or greeted as they passed and it was quite a talkative, jovial group.  We met some people from Camp Cheeley and remembered the Nichols had such a great time there last year.

Then we headed south through Winter Park (and over an 11,200 ft mountain pass) to Littleton to Ned's Family reunion.  We're parked in the cul-de-sac and trying to figure out why our air card is not working quite right, but I've somehow connected to internet and am quickly updating.

We're enjoying ourselves and will head out again on Sunday to continue our great adventure.  I'll try to upload some of the pictures for past posts too.

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Lia checks out the water temperatu…
Lia checks out the water temperat…
Campfire makers
Campfire makers
Alpine Visitors Center at RMNP
Alpine Visitor's Center at RMNP
Wow!  What a drive!
Wow! What a drive!
Can you believe the strength and s…
Can you believe the strength and …
Elk near the road
Elk near the road
Go Ciao Baby!  12,208 elevation!
Go Ciao Baby! 12,208 elevation!
Georgetown Trains famous loop
Georgetown Train's famous loop
Ranger at Rocky Mountain NP- Glaci…
Ranger at Rocky Mountain NP- Glac…
Glacier Basin Campground breakfast
Glacier Basin Campground breakfast
Glacicer Gorge
Glacicer Gorge
Rocky Mountain National Park
photo by: MarcMokum