• 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

  • Elk Herds in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Elk Herds in Colorado

    One of the largest species of deer in North America, elk are the mainstay of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. This 500-pound cow travels in a large group of her cohorts led by one male.…   See the Image

  • Elk Rut in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Elk Rut in Colorado

    It's common to see elk foraging throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. These creatures may seem tame, but during the fall rut the males will bugle and shriek to defend and challenge…   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

  • 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

  • Columbine Flower in Colorado

    A columbine, the state flower of Colorado, blooms along a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park's burnt-out area from the 2012 Fern Lake Fire. Sparked by an illegal campfire, the fire consumed 3,500…   See the Image

  • Pika in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Pika in Colorado

    This pika, a non-hibernating critter that lives above treeline, is gathering food for winter. Hikers may see and hear these vocal creatures defending their dried vegetation "haypiles" as…   See the Image

  • Wonderland Ghost

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Wonderland Ghost

    Although it looks like the ghost of Disneyland past, this is actually an unfinished structure from a failed amusement park in China that was to be known as "Wonderland."   See the Image