Driving Trail Ridge Road ... Plus Moose & Bighorn Sheep Sightings - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado
Due to our early arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park, we were lucky that the cross-mountain Trail Ridge Road had opened before we left - today was our last day in the park. It wasn't a very pretty day for alpine photos, but we the fact we saw Elk, Moose, & Bighorn Sheep made up for it.
Today we did a popular, short hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Gem Lake hike isn't long but there is a lot of elevation gain in a short time, so it's certainly not "easy". But lots of people manage to make it to the small pond framed by rock walls. The people-watching once you are there is part of the fun.
Today we did a great hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had to hike through some snow, but the skies were blue and the scenery was fantastic.
Today was our first time in Rocky Mountain National Park. As usual, we went to the visitors center to watch the movie about the park. And then we did a little driving tour where we saw mostly elk, but got a few other wildlife photos as well.
Today was a combination of scenic drive, short walks, and flat, easy hikes as we crammed a lot of sight-seeing in on our last day at beautiful Capitol Reef National Park. Read on for lots of photos and to see how Capitol Reef got its name.
In my online research, this little waterfall hike intrigued me enough to drive 120 miles round-trip for a half-day outing. It was worth it.
After arriving in the area in the afternoon, we took a little drive into Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. For the little time we spent on this first visit, it seemed to live up to the other four National Parks in Utah we have visited.
Mossy Cave (Bryce Canyon National Park), Grosvenor Arch, & Kodachrome Basin State Park Driving Tour - Utah
Today we visited a small section of Bryce Canyon National Park that isn't accessible from the main park road (Mossy Cave). After a short hike and lots of photos there, we drove into the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument to see the impressive Grosvenor Arch before taking a quick drive through Kodachrome Basin State Park on the way back. It was a cold, but pretty day for more wonderful scenery.