National Parks & Headwaters 2012 travel blog




We entered Rocky Mountain National Park from the west. We stopped at the Colorado River trailhead which took us to the headwaters. While finishing our lunch out in the motorhome, we saw our first wildlife, elk with tracking collars. Following the path up the Kawuneeche Valley we encountered big horn sheep, a yellow bellied marmot, mule deer and a mama moose with her calf. Round trip, that hike was about 4 ½ miles. We also visited the Holzwarth historic site. We found Chris two outhouses, one of which was a double. Of course we sent him the pictures! Following that hike, we crossed over the continental divide making our way to our campsite for the next three nights. When we reached the summit, we saw a huge herd of elk. Our campsite is in the Moraine Park Campground. We scored on our campsite, as it is directly across from the amphitheater so we can get to the 9:00 ranger program in about 30 seconds. That’s very important after a long day of hiking as our feet are in rebellion at that point. The program tonight was about all of the hiking trails in the park. All 355 miles of trail! We are not going to hike all of them though the ranger presenting the program has hiked every inch of those 355 miles. Stay tuned….hiking tomorrow probably only 5 of those 355 miles.

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