Rocky Mountain National Park

Driving from Denver to Estes Park (the "base camp" for Rocky Mountain National Park):

Fortunately it cleared up by the time we started hiking!

We chose to do the Emerald Lake hike. It's 3.5 miles round-trip, rated "easy", and has some outstanding views.

We hopped the free shuttle from the parking lot to the Bear Lake Trailhead and were on our way!

 Nymph Lake, recognizable by its pond lilies

Nymph Lake, recognizable by its pond lilies

It was one of the first times I'd seen scenery like this in person, so I was in complete awe.

 View of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain over Dream Lake

View of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain over Dream Lake

There was something beautiful to see at every turn.

Tall pines, cool air, and warm sunshine.

We made it to Emerald Lake! It truly was the most beautiful emerald color.

We thought how wonderful it would be if this is how we spent every weekend...!

We received some visitors who interrupted our daydreaming...

I would love to see this place during winter (except for the it being cold thing).

What's your favorite place to visit in Colorado? I can't wait to come back to explore!

 

TIPS

  • Find a detailed description of what to expect for the Emerald Lake hike here. The website also has a handy list of the trail hikes that you can sort by location, trail feature, or difficulty.
  • The Emerald Lake hike is popular, so there will be a number of others on the trail. Start early to beat the crowd and get a parking spot.
  • Wear layers, since different parts of the hike may be hot or chilly.
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