Hello Colorado! A Visit To Beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park – Day 31

Rocky Mountain National Forest
09 Oct

From the beauty of Wyoming, to the thrill of the Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, today was something special!

As we left Cheyenne and headed towards the Colorado border, we were treated to some stunning views.

Rocky Mountain National Park visit
The drive out of Wyoming and into Colorado was simply beautiful. As we stopped to take our state sign picture, it was hard to believe we were heading into our 6th state already!

From cowboys riding horses and moving cattle, to crystal clear lakes and streams drenched by a cloudless sunny day, we were surrounded by endless beauty.

The weather the last few days has been nothing short of terrific. With high’s in the 70’s and sunny skies, we have been able to hike and bike outdoors at will.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Just one of the many streams we saw today as we crossed the border into Colorado. The colors of autumn are all on full display, adding even to the views.

But that will all change tomorrow! Another early-fall snowstorm is heading in from the North. And this one will be dropping a few inches of snow on us.

By tomorrow, the 80+ degree temperatures we enjoyed late this afternoon outside of Denver will struggle to get into the 20’s.

Billings, where we just visited and hiked a few days back is really getting hit. In fact, with up to a foot of snow!

With the snow coming tomorrow, we decided to head to Rocky Mountain National Park today. The drive into the park was nearly as beautiful as our time inside.

The good news – by late Friday, it will already be back near 50 here. And into the 60’s by Saturday.

But with the snow coming, we decided to spend today visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. And is it ever breathtaking!

The Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain is our 6th National Park / Monument we have visited so far on the trip. And to this point, it is certainly near the top of the list when it comes to favorites.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving in to the Rockies! With the mountain as a backdrop, we took the opportunity to snap a photo with the camper in Rocky Mountain National Park.

As we drove in, the sheer size of the mountains takes your breath away. It amazes me that somehow, they were able to carve a road through it all.

The streams that run through the mountain range are a sight to behold as well. And the colors of fall only served to paint an almost surreal picture.

I somehow have developed a habit of singing whatever song applies to each day’s travels while we are driving in the car.

Fall in the Rockies
Fall in the Rockies – what a beautiful time!

And I am pretty sure that after today, Mary is ready to not hear me singing John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” for awhile!

But the song is so fitting. The fresh air. The rolling streams and soaring pines. It just makes you feel so alive.

The Next Few Days…

The Denver area will be our home for the next few days. We are going to branch out for day trips to Colorado Springs, Boulder and Estes Park to name a few.

Scenes like this made the drive into Colorado a great experience.

And Sunday, we even hope to head over to take in a Denver Bronco’s game. Snow or not, it’s going to be a great week in Colorado! Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary.

CURRENT TRIP STATS

  • Day 31 of 365
  • States Visited 6 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 6
  • Stayed In : Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Miles Driven : 190.2
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 4417.6
  • Total Gallons Used : 329.65
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 87.6
  • Hiking Miles : 4.2
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 86.1

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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