We just arrived from Rocky Mountain National Park -Colorado and I think it was an exciting and tiring annual vacation.We did not plan to go to the Rockies, but all of sudden, my husband got a free time from work, so we decided to take a breather from Kansas' heat. We were suppose to go to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton but given the time we had, and the proximity of Colorado from Kansas, we decided to go to the Rocky Mountain National Park-Colorado instead.
All of my booking were done online, I was lucky enough to get a great deal in the hotel and the campsite, but I was worried as to how the accommodation will look like because, there were not a lot of thorough information available about camping sites in Colorado Rockies, nor campground photos in the internet. With my fingers crossed, I booked in Aspen Glen for three days and for the remaining three, I booked in the Fawn Valley Inn.
I did this because there are no beautiful hotels inside the Rockies. If you want to stay inside, you have to pitch your own tent and make do with camp sites which by the way, do not have showers; so I divided our stay: 3 days inside the park ( Aspen Glen Campsite), and 3 days in a more comfortable cabin ( Fawn Valley Inn).
We left in June 29th and the summer heat was just perfect in the Rocky Mountains. After and 8 hour drive, we arrived in Aspen Glen's site and our campsite, # 19, was just an excellent location. For $ 40.00 per night, it was just good enough to savor the beauty of nature and it was very clean. In fact, Camp number 19 was the best location in there; the mid day sun is not directed to it, yet the morning sun glare is just subtle because of the surrounding mountains.
The site is not covered with trees so, you can see the stars from your tent as you lay at night.
The site is also raised enough on a hill that the stars feel reachable.It very quite, close to the River Falls entrance and there are horse trekking activities as well. I checked the other site and I noted that Aspen Glen camps 15- 20 are the better ones; so, if you plan on going to the Rockies, make sure to get this location.
If you are religious, there is a short Sunday service that you can attend in the midst tall trees, water falls and plenty of wild animal sounds.
There were several activities that you can do like hiking,mountain climbing and horse back riding. But what I love most in this trip is the peace and quite that re- connected me with nature.
We hiked and climb to Emerald Lake and we crossed Alberta Falls. And simply enjoyed hanging out and talking and simply enjoying nature.
On the other hand, Fawn Valley Inn was a replica of comfort. I paid $537.00 for 3 days without breakfast. The room has bath tub and shower, which is good after spending three days without it. It also has a pool and a very nice view of the mountain.
Then you will make friend with this Squirrel.
And relax here...
It is close to the Rocky Mountain Park's entrance and Estes Park. In the last few days of our stay, we explored Estes Park which is the center of tourist attraction. It is bustling with cute stores and art galleries. One thing that was missing in Estes Park was a good restaurant. Pretty much, the ofd offered there was burger and steak, so after exploring the place, we went to the nearest grocery store and cook our own food. Here are the few meals CAMPING MEALS that I cooked there: Chicken Curry cooked in a pot (not slow cooker) , HONEYED CHICKEN WINGS, CAMBODIAN LEMON GRASS CHOCKEN DRUMSTICK.
And brace yourself for more pictures................................................................... And ENJOY YOUR ROCKY MOUNTAIN CAMPING.
NOTE : THIS IS AN OLD POST COPIED FROM MY OLD BLOG : WE HAD THIS CAMPING ACTIVITY IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR AND I THOUGHT THIS WILL HELP YOU DECIDE AND CHOOSE YOUR SUMMER VACATION...