Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

We didn't see a lot of wildlife on this trip. Animals are mostly tucked back into the forest during the summer months. The best time to spot wildlife during the summer are the couple hours just before dark. (For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park, click on the title above)



Bighorn sheep are common in the park. They are usually a little skittish, but without making any sudden movements or noise, it is possible to get some good photographs





If you want to see elk in the wild, Rocky Mountain National Park is the place to go. During the winter they even get into the town of Estes Park, just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer, they tend to tuck themselves back into the forest, but it is still likely that some will be spotted on every trip. The waterfall was the attraction for these elk.



Somebody offered to take a photo of my wife and I, overlooking the alpine tundra at an altitude of a little over 12,000 feet. It was cold and windy that August day, temperature in the low 50's.







The little whitetail kept moving in and out of the forest. It would take a drink at the stream, and then hide again. The elk didn't care who was watching, for how long.







Rocky Mountain National Park attracts many trout fisherman.



Horseback would be a great way to see the Park.







For information on Rocky Mountain National Park, visit my Squidoo lens: http://www.squidoo.com/rockymountain

Monday, August 25, 2008

Horsetooth Mountain Park



Horsetooth Mountain is just a couple miles from Ft. Collins, Colorado. To get to the beginning of the trail, take Harmony Road around Horsetooth Reservoir until you see Horsetooth Mountain Park. It will cost you $6.00 to park your car. There are restrooms, picnic tables and water fountains at the park.






It is about 2 1/2 miles from the park area to Horsetooth Rock. It is a fairly tough climb for the casual hiker, especially if you are not accustomed to hiking at high altitudes. You don't have to climb the entire mountain to enjoy the hike. Beautiful views of Ft. Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir and beyond reward the hiker at almost every point.






Horsetooth Rock at the top of the mountain is visible from much of Ft. Collins. The best view is from Horsetooth Road.