There is a good reason Estes Park is rated as one of the top places to travel in Colorado. It is beautiful, charming and everything a mountain town should be. Going back to this little town was on the top of my list when Austin got the call for Wyoming. I didn’t think our stay there would be so short, but I’m glad that we were able to fit it in before we moved on. Our first trip to Estes Park was back in 2012 when we lived in Greeley, Colorado. Greeley was the first job I traveled with Austin to0. We were newly married amateur travelers who weren’t real good at adventure. We still aren’t great and haven’t really broke in our hiking shoes, but we did experience Estes Park a little more right this time. I think my favorite part of Estes Park is getting there. Call me crazy but there is something seriously amazing about driving through a mountain along a creek. The air is crisp, there is no cell service and all you hear is the sound of gushing water.
Once you get into Estes there is quite the buzz. We ended up going on 4th of July weekend. We avoid tourist traps on holidays at all cost, but time wasn’t in our favor and we would rather deal with a crowd than miss a beautiful view. First up, Rocky Mountain National Park. This park is stunning. You could get lost in there for days. We only had a couple hours to spend and it simply wasn’t enough. I’m already daydreaming of going back and getting lost. Preferably in my mind, not actually. You feel me. We quickly ended up on top of a mountain with no guard rail. I don’t know if I am officially afraid of heights in my older age or if it was because my driver likes taking pictures with his iPhone WHILE driving, but I didn’t much appreciate the “natural” feel of the place at that elevation. I don’t like to admit that, but it is true. Next time maybe I’ll walk. Speaking of walking. There is a reason Colorado is one of the fittest states in the country. WHOA! The outdoors is like a beautiful extension of living space everywhere you look. I still say it is the one place I could see myself living other than home.
I love Colorado.