A walk in the woods: Rocky Mountain National Park

Mule Deer

Alie enjoys a walk in the woods.  That is our term for any time away from crowds in a natural setting, be it a forest, a meadow or even a beach.

Getting away from people our first day in Rocky Mountain National Park was a challenge because entrance was free.  Subsequent days were just busy.  We spent almost all of our time in the Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of the mountains. I doubt any quiet time by ourselves could be found on the east side near Estes Park.

The Colorado Riv;er

We stopped at the Colorado River Trailhead.  We weren’t able to hike to Red Mountain, Lulu City or the Little Yellowstone.  So not far up the way, we left the main trail and found our way down to the river.  We were alone; it was quiet; it was beautiful; and it was nothing like the Colorado River further downstream.  We could have waded across it or walked across a fallen pine.

Then relatively late in the day, we were alone most of the time walking the Coyote Valley trail.  Most of it was through meadows fringed by the river and some trees.

Coyote Valley

Alie’s rheumatoid arthritis prevents her from walking long distances or on rough trails, but she was content to read one day while I walked the Green Mountain trail to Big Meadows.  There were others on the trail, but I move slowly and was in no hurry, so most of the time I was alone.  I did meet one young woman traveling alone who said she was frightened when she encountered a moose near Granite Falls.  I did not want to go that far to see if I could find it.

Big Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park

Our motel was outside the park in Fraser where I took an early morning walk along the Fraser River and saw more mule deer and a beaver dam.

“A walk in the woods” is a meditation; it sharpens awareness of small pleasures; it quiets the mind; the environment and every living thing become your companions.

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Dates of our visit: 22-24 September 2018


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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9 Responses to A walk in the woods: Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Rosemary Lakin says:

    Thank you. I have been to Estes many times because Whitney and family live within a day drive, hike, picnic, stroll the town shops, and home. Lovely area. You should visit Red Rocks Amphitheater if you’re in that area. A natural acoustic formation quite spectacular. Concerts there are expensive but Amphitheater has info, elevators, and free. Again thanks Ray and Alie.

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  2. Pit says:

    That reminds me: we should really visit my wife’s cousin in Denver again soon and the drive up into the Rockies.

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  3. “A walk in the woods” is a meditation.” I’ve always thought of it that way, Ray. A thoughtful post with photos that capture that section of the park. Chuckled about the moose encounter. People worry more about moose in Alaska that they do bears! –Curt

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  4. I very much like this post and the trip that you are taking us!
    But most of all, I like your last phrase about what a walk in the wood is!
    Kindest regards from Canada/Québec

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  5. neelstoria says:

    Such great pictures! Going slow enables one to enjoy and feel the beauty all around.
    And any time spent with nature is indeed divine. Really liked your saying – “A walk in the woods” is a meditation. It so is!

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  6. I loved Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s so beautiful. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Great photos!

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  7. Loraine Beckman says:

    You are so right when the solitude with nature is involved. No hustle and bustle to vlog the mind. Loved the mountain scenery. Take care & stay safe. Love & Hugs

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  8. I went to Rocky Mountains years back while backpacking around the world (including driving from the east to the west of the US) A truly special place!

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  9. Fortunately, it is still possible to find solitude in some of our parks, but it depends on the time of year and one’s chosen destination. I am glad you were able to experience some.

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