Elk – Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) – Pictures from Estes Park, Colorado

Elk (a.k.a., wapiti) are a species of deer and one of the largest mammals in North America. Elk spend most of the year in the sub-alpine life zone, between 10,000 and 11,500 feet in elevation. Continue reading “Elk – Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) – Pictures from Estes Park, Colorado”

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Hiking from YMCA of the Rockies to Moraine Park – Estes Park, CO

The YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center is located 10 minutes southwest of downtown Estes Park, Colorado. The YMCA property includes access to hiking, birding, backcountry camping, and fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Moraine Park. Continue reading “Hiking from YMCA of the Rockies to Moraine Park – Estes Park, CO”

Lake Estes Trail – Hiking with Kids – Estes Park, CO

Lake Estes trail is located near downtown Estes Park, CO and free parking is located at the corner of US-34 and US-36. It is a paved trail maintained in part by the Larimer County’s Parks and Open Land Areas. Continue reading “Lake Estes Trail – Hiking with Kids – Estes Park, CO”

Lily Lake Trails – Hiking with Kids, Trout Fishing – Estes Park, CO

The Lily Lake parking lot is located 0.5 miles south of the Lily Mountain trailhead on CO-7 and is just 10 minutes from Estes Lake. Even though Lily Lake is a part of Rocky Mountain National Park, it is free to visit. Continue reading “Lily Lake Trails – Hiking with Kids, Trout Fishing – Estes Park, CO”

Lily Mountain – Hiking Trail for Dogs – Estes Park, Colorado

Lily Mountain is in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. It is not a part of Rocky Mountain National Park and, thus, dogs are allowed on the trail. Continue reading “Lily Mountain – Hiking Trail for Dogs – Estes Park, Colorado”

Hiking at Bear Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bear Lake trailhead is located inside Rocky Mountain National Park and is approximately 20 minutes outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Continue reading “Hiking at Bear Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado”