Rocky Mountain National Park Photo Journey

The dig on paleontology digs in the United States: Sternberg Museum of Natural History
An Indoor Adventure: Mountain Biking

National Parks are my home away from home. They’re a perfect opportunity for me to stretch my legs, hone my amateur photography skills (make sure to check out my pictures from Big Bend National Park too), and tune out the never-ending chatter of technology. As parks go, it’s no secret that Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful place. Both Tara and I rank it high on our favorite spots, and for good reason! How can you say no to fresh mountain air and views like these?

Rocky Mountain National Park

Tara used to have the good fortune of mountains in her backyard when she lived in the Denver area and I, of course, took full advantage of this and flew out to visit her as much as possible. Alas, when she finished up her paleontology degree it was off to Texas, land of the flat, and our opportunities to see mountains greatly diminished.

RMNP

Neither of us have seen mountains recently, but we’ve certainly been feeling the pull. There is something truly magnetic about these beautiful landscapes, and some of them harbor personal challenges in the making.

The lake and mountains at Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park
The lake and mountains at Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park, our personal hiking challenge.
Long's Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park
Long’s Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park

See that itty bitty dip in the rock face, all the way to the left? That’s the Keyhole, one of the more treacherous portions of the Long’s Peak hiking trail. While a bit of a pipe dream, I would love to hike it one day. Presuming I don’t get blown off due to the extreme winds. While I’m dreaming these dreams, though, I can always enjoy some of the local wildlife.

Isn’t he cute?

And at the end of a long day, there are some spectacular sunsets to witness on the way back to camp.

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Do you have a favorite spot that you default to when you go on adventures? What do you love about it that makes you keep going back?

Looking for more national park inspiration? Check out Frank About Croatia’s post on Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia!

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The dig on paleontology digs in the United States: Sternberg Museum of Natural History
An Indoor Adventure: Mountain Biking
  • Looks absolutely gorgeous. I definitely need to make my way to Colorado

  • Look at those cheeks on that squirrel!! I really need to work on getting more stamps in my National Park passport.

  • Wow, great photos! We live just a short drive from the Rockies and love seeing people enjoy the region as much as we do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Travis! Thank you! The RMNP region is by far my favorite area in the US. It’s a breath of fresh air (literally!) every time I make it out that way. One of these days I swear I’m going to move there!

  • Jessica, these pictures are simply stunning. I usually prefer cities but I enjoy a lot hiking and get some quality time in the nature, watching animals being free and the sunset light too.

    • Thank you! I’m often torn between the cities and the more outdoorsy places. I live in a big city, so sometimes it’s nice to get away. When I travel, though, I love digging into the culture of new cities. Happy travels! 🙂

  • Amazing photos! I haven’t been to the Rockies for years (about 20, actually…now I feel old….;)) but would love to go back. Maybe one day 🙂

    • I try to visit at least once every few years, if I can. It’s my happy place. 🙂 I hope you get back there soon!

  • Gorgeous photos! I haven’t spent much time in the Rockies besides drive time but I’d love to! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s definitely worth a visit if you get the chance!

  • I love nature, camping, pretty sunsets & hiking. Rockies are definitely on my bucket list. Wonderful photos, Jessi! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler.

    • Thank you! And thanks for hosting such a great linkup!

  • I’ve never seen the Rocky Mountains south of the border, just when crossing BC to Alberta. Just as gorgeous though. Great photos and thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler! See you next week!

    • It’s a beautiful mountain range. 🙂 I’m sure it’s even more breathtaking further north!

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos! I would love to travel across Canada someday out west (we live near Toronto!)

    • Thank you! I haven’t made it to the Canadian Rockies yet, but it is way up there on my list. There are some amazing hikes out by Vancouver and Calgary! I hope you get out there soon! I’ve heard the train rides across Canada are absolutely stunning.

      Toronto is one of my favorite cities! I haven’t been there in years, but have fond memories of it as a child. 🙂