Living near Denver, a day in the mountains is very common and very enjoyable. My human calls it a mini vacation. Since she is retired, we have lots of mini vacations. We drove to Grand Lake, the western entrance to the national park. Before entering the park, we visited Quackers Gifts.
Quacker Gift Shop Grand Lake, Colorado
This is a small gift shop dedicated to my kind. The shop features many rubber ducks, several smaller than I am, but very cute ducks. Holiday ducks, specialty ducks and even celebrity ducks. There is a second store in Manitou Springs, near Colorado Springs. Definitely go to Quackers Gifts if possible, or visit www.quackergiftshop.com
Entering Rocky Mountain National Park at Grand Lake, we followed Trail Ridge Road to Trail Ridge Store and Café at 11,796 feet above sea level.
Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park
This is the visitor center, but not the highest point on this road. Trail Ridge is the highest continuous highway in the United States. You should drive it, in the summer. Lots of snow falls here in the winter.
I’m in a 5 foot snow bank in Rocky Mountain National Park
My human put me in this snowdrift. Snow is cold!
Leaving the visitor center, we saw herds of elk lounging on the Alpine landscape.
Herd of elk lounging at 11,000 feet in Rocky Mt National Park
We are above tree line here. Elk like cooler temperatures in summer, so they go to higher elevations.
Cooler it was. We needed jackets. Silly elk, I like warm summer days.
There are many hiking trails in the park. Some are even paved to accommodate many people, and wheel chairs. The park has lakes, streams, trails, mountain climbing and camping. There are hiking trails through the Alpine tundra area. Normally tundra is found in northern Alaska and areas with similar climates. The scenery and wild animals are picture perfect.
One more majestic elk
This park is wonderful for one-day trips or several weeks camping, hiking, fishing and climbing. We only spent a few hours here, but it is beautiful. I, Zeb, will return.
Trail Ridge Road took us to Estes Park where my human rushed to the Taffy Shop.
Pulling Taffy in Estes Park, Colorado
The shop has this machine to pull taffy. There are many flavors and the humans love it. My mom’s favorite is Texas Pecan.
Rocky Mountain National Park is about 2 hours from Denver. You can enter from either Estes Park or Grand Lake. Both are beautiful mountain towns. Each town has shopping, motels, restaurants, hiking trails, rafting, horse rides and each town has a lake. I love them both and I think you would also. Visit in summer or winter, but Trail Ridge Road connecting the two towns is closed in the winter. Way too much snow. See you in the park soon.