• YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center

    Flanked on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, there's no outdoor or nature-inspired activity that the YMCA doesn't offer. Take your pick: from crafts to concerts, mini-golf to fishing, and…   See the Image

  • Winter Fun in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Take in beautiful vistas and wildlife watching during the winter months in Rocky Mountain National Park. Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and traverse a variety of trails like this one with a…   See the Image

  • Unnamed Lake in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Unnamed Lake in Colorado

    This is, literally, an unnamed Lake, says Brooke Burnham, Estes Park's communications director. Taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, the peaks (left to right) are Otis Peak, Hallet Peak and Flattop…   See the Image

  • Moraine Park in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Moraine Park in Colorado

    This flat expanse located near the Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park was forever changed by glaciers that halted their downhill migration, settling and eventually receding to…   See the Image

  • Estes Park, Colo., at Night

    Located just 90 miles from Denver, Estes Park has served as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park for 100 years. The town has come a long way since the 1990s, most recently surviving the…   See the Image

  • Dream Lake in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Dream Lake in Colorado

    Keep your camera handy for spectacular views of Longs Peak and Glacier Gorge while hiking Dream Lake Trail. This relatively easy, two-mile hike is one of the most popular in Rocky Mountain National…   See the Image

  • Big Thompson Canyon Drive in Estes Park, Colo.

    The eastbound drive into Estes Park from Big Thompson Canyon is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the state. Rugged cliffs and picture-perfect views culminate in this view driving into…   See the Image

  • Bear Lake in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Bear Lake in Colorado

    Start at the Bear Lake Trailhead to take a scenic one-mile stroll around the water, putting you at 9,450 feet. Formed during the Ice Age, the lake is now easily approached by a parking lot or Rocky…   See the Image

  • Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park

    From the Beaver Meadows entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, drive to the Alpine Visitor Center at 11,796 feet for gorgeous views. The center's a regular stop for tourists with public restrooms,…   See the Image

  • Alpine Flowers in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Alpine Flowers in Colorado

    Perennial Alpine avens Geum rossii (yellow) and Sky pilot Polemonium viscosum (purple) bloom at high elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer months. While pretty, Sky pilot wafts…   See the Image