Dreamin’ at 10,000 Feet

July 28, 2016

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I had the opportunity to travel to Denver on business, so what other choice to extend this trip into a solo-tour of some of Colorado’s most recognized places?

Day 1 – Denver – 5,430′
Spent a night in the new, super modern the ART, a hotel. I was too busy swimming in the bed and the shower to take pictures… plus, it was a business trip, I wasn’t supposed to be having fun yet, right?

Day 2 – Denver to Colorado Springs – 6,035′
I was set free during the late afternoon and I pretty much drove straight to The Broadmoor upon arrival to Colorado Springs, pretending I was staying in the elegant, historical mountain resort (not the $68/night motel 5 minutes down the road).

 

This place is phenomenal! Feeling the history here. And the mountains… 😍

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Day 3, Morning – Colorado Springs – 6,035′
Stuck on EST, I rose at 5 am (if only I could do that for work) and decided to see Garden of the Gods at sunrise. Please do this. Morning must-see.

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Excited to see some waterfalls, I visited Helen Hunt falls and hiked the trail to take a peak at another on Silver Cascade Trails.

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9:00 am, opening time, I grabbed a shuttle to see Seven Falls, owned by The Broadmoor. A civilized little walk brings you to a giant sight to behold, and 224 steps up a cliff to get close and personal. I continued on the trail at the top to see Midnight Falls. Let me warn you, this has a decent amount of crowd at opening time. Go early if you want to see. Plus, you can eat at the Golden Bee afterwards!

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Day 3, Afternoon – Colorado Springs to Estes Park – 7,522′
Denver traffic is a nightmare, and I was a bit nervous to go the Peak to Peak Byway through the mountains via Nederland, CO. So, I went the opposite way and I ran into the cute Castlewood Canyon State Park – I wish I had time to stay longer!

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Day 4 – Rocky Mountain National Park – 9,450-10,110′
My final day I went all out. I booked a guided hike from Kirk’s Mountain Adventures, and set out at 7:00 am. We hit one of the most popular areas in the park, which also serves as a great first-day hike for visitors to RMNP.

Shortly from the Bear Lake Trailhead (parking fills early!) you will run into Nymph Lake.

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Dream Lake is not too far after, and one of the most beautiful areas on this trail.

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After hiking just 1.8 miles up, we hit Emerald Lake at 10,110′ feet. And I was out of breath.

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My guide was so passionate about fly fishing, and I am grateful he brought his gear. We hiked down near the stream looking for spots to fish (which I pretty much have never done), but it was a welcome break and they were pretty and wild!

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After we were done, I did some shopping in downtown Estes Park, more like a boardwalk of t-shirts and nicknacks. Then it was time to see some wildlife with Wildside 4×4 Tours. And we lucked out beyond what I even thought I was going to see. Bear AND two bull moose! I mean, that’s once in a lifetime!

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I definitely would say, go with family and friends so you can share the magic of Estes Park and all of Colorado together – it’s not to be kept to yourself. I can’t wait to go back.

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