“Then something woke up inside Him,
And He wished to go and see the Great Mountains,
And hear the Pine Trees,
And the Waterfalls,
And Explore the Caves,
And wear a Sword
Instead of a Walking Stick.” – R.R. Tolkien.
Ohh yes! He took a Sword but We took our Car to reach out for the Rocky Mountains of the United States. 😉 😉
Lily Lake! Love the calm air of solitude? This is the place!
We stopped by the beautiful Lily Lake in the small city Estes Park in Colorado, prior heading out for the mountains. This lake was a real beauty with calm ambience all around. It was just splendid to just look at the blue sky and the mountains ahead of the lake. That was real scenic. When you’re a solo traveler and love the calm air of solitude, I have to say that’s your place. All the visitors did head for the Rocky Mountains up the Trail Ridge Road and very few people showed up at this beautiful lake.
Shouldn’t be forgotten. A must visit place!
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
Got all the directions and recommended attractions with the very kind guidance of some good people from this visitor center. This center is open year-round and located exactly 3 miles from the city Estes Park, Colorado. I have to say that this is the highly recommended way of entering and embracing the complete elegance of Rocky Mountain National Park all the way through the Trail Ridge Road.
Trail Ridge Road
The excellent scenic byway which gets you to the most visited attractions and the phenomenal places of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (U.S. Highway 34) actually starts from the city Estes Park and ends at Grand Lake Entrance which is on the other side of the national park. As this scenic highway runs mostly on the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it remains closed for the Winter and gets opened in the early Spring if weather permits.
The beauty of this road is that it gets you to different altitudes of the Rocky Mountains, Forest Canyon, Kawuneeche Valley, Timber Creek and much more picturesque places of this stunning national park.
Forest Canyon Overlook
I have to explain something really extra-ordinary about this extra-ordinary place in the Rocky Mountains. Forest Canyon is all loaded with Rockies and Snow as we visited the park in the early Spring times. To my surprise we didn’t see trees out there because of higher altitudes over the mountains which were all above 11,500 ft. And yes.. It was all just the mountains and snow at such altitudes.
The moving grey and slight gloomy clouds embracing the snowy Rocky Mountains was truly a delightful sight at this Forest Canyon Overlook. I don’t have to say that this is a must visit place; When you get there, you would stop and search a slot for parking your car for sure. 🙂
Sneaking view of the Cow Moose and its Calf in the Alpine Woods
It was completely crowded at one spot in the Trail Ridge Road closeby the alpine woods. That was near the Timber Creek. We stopped there and took our cameras out faster irrespective of knowing what’s really happening. But we were thinking may be that could be a Bear sighting. To our surprise, it’s a cow Moose and it’s calf sharing some gentle moments in the alpine woods, grazing. That was an incredible sight.
Grand Lake, Nearby Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
We could see lots of people have houses here by the Grand Lake and quite a few restaurants as well. This one almost looks like a beautiful residential area. The Grand Lake by this Shadow Mountain was a real beauty.
Close to all frozen, Lake Irene!
Lake Irene looked pretty and magical with the backdrop of clouds giving a divine color mix of blue and grey. That was early spring, when this gorgeous lake looked close to all frozen state. I was literally thinking “How this would look like in the peak winter times?… Heavenly?.. May be!..”
Sheep Lakes Information Station
This is one Visitor Center which is completely surrounded by the Alpine forest and the Rocky Mountains. Such an incredible place, which remains open only through Summer. This is located 1.8 miles from the Fall River Entrance of the park on Trail Ridge Road in Horseshoe park.
Just a couple of words I chose for this spectacular lake. Peaceful Isolation. Yeah 🙂
Elks and their Spring Antlers!
Snow-clad Mountains, Alpine Forest Range, Green Valley and finally the big deer animals, the Elks. Wonderful sight. Yes! The nature was magnificent out here in the park. Colorado was beautiful and sensational. 🙂
Moraine Park Discovery Center
The last place we visited in Rocky Mountain National Park. And from this spot, you have to see this place in real. It had interactive displays on the geology of the park and how it was formed. There are also exhibits on the animals in the park. Quite an interesting one. This is quite close to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and the beautiful road to Bear Lake is connected from here.
“We’re all drawn to different places, and I’ve always been mountain girl. I think of them all day, and sometimes ask myself it’s a little less dangerous and perhaps more sustainable to find absolute ecstatic bliss by falling madly in love with landscapes rather than people as it’s also immensely grounding in every sense of the word? I want to explore them, sleep inside the heat and cold of them, experience all their seasons, share their crooked, winding, wild paths, and grow with them alongside me. They’ve always felt like gorgeous, undeniable mystery and home all at once. The Mountains.” – Victoria Erickson.
It can’t be explained more about one’s strong bond towards the mountains? That’s it. She just summed it up all and everything possible. I admire her words. And I see myself in her words; Truly and passionately! I’m without doubts, a mountain guy.
Would love to hear from you. Are you a mountain person? 🙂