Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is locally often referred to by the name Estes Park, due to the proximity of the town Estes Park to the National Park’s entrance.
From Fort Collins, the park is only a little over an hour away by car, and the drive via Highway 34 takes you along the Big Thompson river and rock walls that rival those of Poudre Canyon road (Highway 14).
So it was an easy choice to take a little road trip with my friend Judith Hecktor, who was visiting from Berlin (and has been featured in quite a few videos from Berlin, Brooklyn and other road trip videos). As you can see in the video she gets along smashingly with our dog Whiskey.
This area is truly stunning with its contrast of big mountains, deep meadows, running rivers, colorful rocks, a variety of plants and wildlife everywhere.
The last time, I visited Rocky Mountain National Park was in August, in the heat of the summer. Even then you could still find snow on some of the peaks. Unfortunately, now in April, there was still so much snow that some of the higher roads were closed. But I’m sure I’ll be back to film, explore and show this beautiful nature park to other visiting friends throughout the summer. Scott and I may even go on a camping venture up there or stay in one of the cabins along the river… Whatever we do, I’m sure I’ll share a video with you afterwards.
On the plus side of checking out this park in the winter: so much snow has fallen that entire lakes, hiking trails and the signs for those locations are buried in the snow, which adds a different kind of drama to your photographic or videographic experience.
While the fee to get in is $20, the ticket is valid for an entire week – at least at this time of the year. And there’s so much else to explore in the vicinity, like staying at The Stanley Hotel, which was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel “The Shinning” and where some of the TV show has been filmed, or taking the aerial tramway… So yeah, I’ll be back soon…
The featured song is the instrumental version of “Saturday” – a song written and performed by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com), who kindly makes his music available via a Creative Commons License.