The land of Rockies! We visited Colorado in summer(July long weekend). We flew from san Diego to Denver and stayed there overnight. Next morning we started off to the Rocky Mountain NP through boulder and Estes Park. We spent a full day in Rocky Mountain national park, One full day in Colorado Springs exploring Garden of the Gods and on the third day we went up the hill to Pike's Peak(14000 feet). Before heading ack we also visited Manitou cave dwellings at Colorado Springs. Having visited the more beautiful/green/snowy sections of the rockies(Glacier NP, Canadian Rockies), we wanted to visit the most rugged and highest peaks of rockies. Those are in Colorado. Infact it has 40 peaks above 14000 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park

We drove thorugh the trail ridge road to get a glimpse of the Rockey Mountain national Park. Stunning alpine Vistas awaits the visitors.

It was summer and wild flowers were springing up everywhere.Beaver Meadows region espeically was beautiful.

The highest point of the road is over 12000 feet and you can feel the Tundra zone around with remains of the winter snow as well as the remnants of Glaciers. We had lunch at the Alpine Visitor Center which has gorgeous views.We stopped along the way for scenic vistas (they are everywhere).

We also took a quick stop at Lake Irene.

By then it was getting dark and we exited the park and stayed overnight near Grand lake area. Grand lake and Shadow Mountain lake are beautiful viewed from higher up.

Garden of the Gods

Next day we drove to Colorado Springs and visited Garden of the Gods park twice (close to noon when it was crowded and sunny) and in the evening when it was rainy and less crowded and more beautiful!

Garden of the Gods is a series of Red Rock formations formed millions of years ago and constantly eroded over time.

The structures are dramatic and from visitor center, the view of the garden with Pikes peak in the background is breath-taking.

After rain the park looked all the more beautiful. That night we stayed at Colorado Springs, a nice city. Good Indian food too! Next morning we started the uphill drive to see Pikes peak.

Pikes Peak

Along the way a stop at Crystal lake is must.

Vistas at the top are great and are literally breathtaking(14000 feet makes you feel breathless!).

Manitou Cave Dwellings, Colorado Springs

Next morning we went to Manitou Cave dwellings which has replicas of Anasazi Indian tribe dwellings along with a museum.

We then drove back to Denver. It was 4th of July and we had the chance of seeing Fireworks very close to our hotel that night.A nice way to end the beautiful trip.

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S. Sanchez

[2016-05-16 09:48:21]

Love the rockies, wildflower photos and the panorama are beautiful. Well captured!

S. Sanchez

[2016-05-16 09:56:10]

By the way, what camera do you use? pictures are really stunning even at web resolution.


[2016-05-17 13:16:36]

Thank you! Pentax K30 ..