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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park September 2006 - Out-of-state friends and I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park once day. We mainly did what the casual tourist does. We drove through the park from the southwest entrance and hit the visitor center and almost every overlook on Trail Ridge Road. The mountains in the adjacent photo is the Never Summer Mountain Range. I love that name!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Three photos from the main visitor center.

In the top photo, notice the road on the left - that's Old Fall River Road which is a scenic way to reach the top from the Estes Park side. I drove that route when I visited this park with my younger brother in 2002 and made three pages: RMNP Scenery, Old Fall River Road and Lawn Lake Alluvial Fan Flood Area.

The third photo shows elk who were happily grazing way below. (My best photos of elk were taken in Buena Vista: Elk Herd.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nick and Laura Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
From the Alpine Visitor Center, we walked on a short trail that leads to a great view of the mountains. Christine and I were some of the first in our group to make it to the top.

Nick and Laura (left) were visiting from Great Britain and had a great time. The group photo (right) came out pretty well. And the bottom shot is one token photo of me.

Nick and Laura Hughes Laura and Nick were very enthusiastic about eating American food, which they said was a lot "more fun" than British food. Here they were having their first ever chili dog which they thoroughly enjoyed! :)

Here's a video of Nick at Cottonwood Pass. :)

Rocky Mountain National Park We then spent hours slowly traveling on Trail Ridge Road, arguably one of the most scenic roads in all of America. Much of the road is above timberline at approximately 12,000 feet in elevation.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
The views were so beautiful.

Special thanks to Kansas Kelly for snapping this photo of Scott, myself, Paul and Rhonda as we gazed out.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
More stunning mountain scenery inside Rocky Mountain National Park.

Other national parks:
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison N.P.
  • Mesa Arch in Canyonlands N.P.
  • Keema Keema from Arkansas found a fuzzy bug that kept her occupied for awhile. ;)
    Longs Peak One shot of Longs Peak - the mountain on the Colorado state quarter.
    Rocky Mountain National Park
    Rocky Mountain National Park
    At one overlook, Dr. Jon and Kelly were having some fun. I also got a view of the beautiful green valley that is known to be a great area for spotting elk and wildlife ...
    Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
    Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
    ... And we were not disappointed! :)

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