I love to blog about travel, and my new favorite destination is Colorado. When I landed in Denver I wasn’t excited, it looked like a regular city…nothing to spectacular–but how wrong I was!!!
We went to Rocky Mountains for a hike and to drive around, and that just took my breath away! Denver is at around 5280 feet (the Mile High City), and we started hiking at around 10,000 feet. The mountains are breathtaking, and the best part is the forests are untouched. The endless rows of pine trees and curious squirrels act as your companion during your hike up the forest. Another unforeseen sight: a bunch of elks walking with no care, like it owns the road!
There is a jaw dropping drive up Trail Ridge Road to 12,000 feet to one of the mountain tops, which gives a flavor of the Tundra region. The air is a lot thinner, the weather changes through the day, there are hardly any trees around, it almost feels surreal.
Another must see spot is the drive up to Mount Evans, nestled at 14,000 feet. The 12 mile hike up is full of steep curves and narrow roads, but the drive up is worth it. To stand at the top and see the world below you is a feeling of a lifetime.
The Red Rock Amphitheater is a rare open air auditorium around a beautiful area, with a walking trail that promises mountain lions and rattlesnakes (not verified, we drove up). Must see spot!
In my view, best time to head to Colorado to see the great outdoors is summer.
Things to take along while exploring the Rocky Mountains:
- first aid
- hiking gear
- it might rain anytime, so get a jacket or umbrella
- bring a jacket, it gets chilly at high altitudes
- light snacks
- if you are planning to camp, batteries, tents and the works
Some pictures from a memorable trip to Rocky Mountains: