• Marmot in Colorado

    Published 12/11/13 in Places
    Marmot in Colorado

    Some 63 animal species call the Estes Park region home, including this marmot. These mountain ground squirrels are common in the mountains and can be heard before spotted with their signature…   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 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

  • Hobbit Hole: The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – the second film in director Peter Jackson’s three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel – opens in theaters Dec. 13. While protagonist Bilbo…   Read the Blog

  • The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand

    Just outside the small town of Matamata, you can visit the actual Hobbiton set featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Get a sneak peek of this Tolkien fanatic’s paradise.   See the Gallery