Seeing Estes Park and the Rockies

We’ve been able to get out a bit to check out our new surroundings.  Our first big adventure started in Estes Park, Colorado.  We stopped to take a few pictures before heading to the mountains.  More on this town later in this post.

Then we headed to the information center for the Rocky Mountain National Park .  We are now the proud owners of a year-long pass!  What a beautiful park – and we didn’t even scratch the surface of all it has to offer.  We just drove on the main road to its highest elevation.  We went to 12,000 feet and it was 50 degrees that day.  Brrr!  Two sweatshirts did not cut it!!

My youngest son has never seen snow before and thought it would be fun to strip down to skin and jump in it.  His older brother decided to join him.  They weren’t thinking that there were rocks underneath that small amount of snow!

On the way back down, we noticed some elk grazing in a valley, so we pulled over and hiked down to their location.  I really enjoyed photographing them.  It was the first time I’d seen that species in the wild.

And you can’t show animals without showing their scat!

Here are a few more shots from the mountains:

Having missed lunch, we were famishd!  We headed out of the park and were in the town of Estes Park, which is where the national park is located.  Our eyes were immediately drawn to one restaurant, Chicago’s Best.  Prior to moving to CO from FL, we had lived in the suburbs of IL.  You can’t beat Chicago food!  The pizza we got from this restaurant lived up to all of our expectations.  Yum!  The owners are also from Chicago.

A couple more shots from Estes Park:

Now, I had heard that the movie, The Shining, was fillmed/based somewhere in CO.  When I saw posters hanging in a store window that were from the movie, I went in to inquire as to the location of the hotel.  The young lady gave me directions, and it just so happened that we were only about two blocks away.  Well, wires must have gotten crossed because the movie wasn’t filmed there, but it was the inspiration for the book and  it was the location where some scenes from the movie Dumb and Dumber were filmed.  The scenes from that movie took place in the bar and on the staircase.  The hotel I’m referring to is The Stanley.  What a beautiful, old hotel!  People still stay there and they offer ghost tours, etc.

This is a panoramic view from the front of the hotel:

I cannot wait to explore other areas of my new state!

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9 thoughts on “Seeing Estes Park and the Rockies

    • Thank you scott! I’m actually really excited about all the new opportunities! We’re heading to a historic hotel on the other side of the rockies next. I also can’t wait to photograph Fall leaves. Believe it or not I have never had a chance to! 🙂

  1. What great pictures Carol. Thanks! I love the way your family just jumps right in there. How are the bare boys after their snow jump? How far away from the park is Greeley? Your pics make me want to see the area, for sure. love mrs f

    • You’ll have to make our place one of the destinations for your girl trips! 🙂

      The park is about 45 min away. Boys are good. We actually leave today for another fabulous location. Stay tuned!

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