We recently got to spend the weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park. You can often get good deals on condo rentals in the winter there, since not having a ski area nearby makes it their off season.
And if you haven’t hot tubbed outside, in the snow, in winter… you are missing out. Make sure you book one with a hot tub!
This is a majestic and beautiful area, and my favorite part is getting to see lots of elk. Spotting wildlife is one of my favorite aspects of being in the wilderness. Elk are so prevalent in this area, that you often see them strolling around the nearby town of Estes Park. Here are the best shots of the closest ones we saw, sitting right nearby the road.
|In the words on my dad, these are “about as big as they get”!|
Some of the roads are closed in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter. But we were able to make our way to frozen Bear Lake, just as the winds and snow were picking up, for a blustery adventure and short hike.
|Any elk over there?|
|Me and my baby boy on Bear Lake|
|Brrrr… bundle up! Had to steal momma’s scarf.|
|Why is the plowed snow pile in the parking lot always the biggest draw for a kid ?|
|My Little Wilderness Princess|
But an even rarer treat on this particular trip, was spotting some moose along the road, on our initial trip in to Estes Park. There were three of them, and they were right by the road. We stopped mid-highway (us and three other cars) to gawk out the window for awhile.
I’m not sure why it’s so exciting. Probably because they are generally so private, and spotting them is not nearly as common as seeing elk or deer. They are such curious creatures … so tall and gangly yet graceful, amazing antlers, and such a goofy nose!
I tried to remember the last time I’d seen one. “It’s been alot of years since I’ve seen a moose!”, I quietly mused.
To which my daughter, equally impressed with the sight, replied “It’s been my whole LIFE!” A six year lifetime of waiting to see a moose in it’s natural habitat.
Worth the wait.
The National Parks occasionally have weekends with free admittance. Click the link to check the next free dates, and tips on planning a fun visit!