The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2
“Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:29 A bed of wildflowers. Who can resist?
Taking a short break from our conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, my peers and I decided to go on a short drive up the Rocky Mountain National Park. Having seen a good number of beautiful places before, including Switzerland, I didn’t have much expectation. I should have.
Spanning more than 265,000 acres and soaring up to 14,000 feet, Rocky Mountain National Park draws millions of tourists each year. Tourists and locals alike come in droves to revel in the Park’s natural beauty – snow-capped mountains throughout the year, beds of rainbow-colored wildflowers, foamy rivers, hiking trails winding its way through subalpine forests, wild animals and a host of recreational activities that guests can indulge in. The Park is so steeped in natural beauty it can be a dizzying array of God’s glorious creation.
From bird-watching, hiking, rock climbing to camping and simply soaking up nature, visitors will not run out of things to do in the Rockies. Perched at the crest of the Park is a visitor center that also serves as a museum and souvenir shop. The best part is, it’s the highest visitor center in all of the National Park System. The museum provides an educational overview of the types of flora and fauna thriving in the Park, a short history of the Park and the people that first inhabited it. It’s definitely worth a peek. The souvenir shop offers an assortment of mugs, shirts, postcards and other knick-knacks worth bringing home. Prices are reasonable too. I bought my husband a large gray cotton shirt for $20 plus tax.
Entrance to the Park is affordable at $20 per automobile. Split among three or four people in a car and that equates to $5 each. With so much to offer, Rocky Mountain National Park is not to be missed if you’re passing through Colorado. What’s more you don’t even have to walk or hike for miles. You can just drive up to the highest peak and enjoy. Check out my photos and videos below to see what awaits you at the top! Remember, this is just a sneak peek. There’s so much to take in you can’t resist snapping your way up the mountain! Trust me. I did. The Park’s way too beautiful to be ignored.
Do you have food? Sniff, sniff. Oh no. False alarm.
We saw this massive elk horn at our first stop.
First stop – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at Estes Park. Oh yeah!
Gazelles, gazelles and more gazelles.
Groupie at the Park. So grateful I got to join them.
Notice the varying colors – from light green to gray to dark green to bluish purple. I know. My photos don’t do justice to the spectacle before me.
The Trail Ridge Road or ‘Highway to the Sky’. This reminds me of my trip with another group of friends to Interlaken, Switzerland. Truly breathtaking.
Even if you just go straight to the Alpine Visitor Center will more than satisfy you. You can take in the breathtaking views while sipping a cup of hot coffee at the café or go shopping in the souvenir shop. Or just relax and unwind while basking in God’s glorious creation.
To learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit their website.
Rocky Mountain National Park: A Spectacular Display of God’s Handiwork