When we departed mid morning our intent was to drive only to Parker and Longmont so John could document 2 FAA radar sites for his website;however, when we got to Longmont realized that we were only 30 miles from the East Entrance in Estes Park to Rocky Mountain NP..so decided to tour the park even though it was around 2PM and the weather iffy with clouds and intermittent rain.
Taking Hwy 36 and meeting up with Hwy 34 we drove thru the park west and then south on 34 to Grandy. Several stops along the way for photos. Only areas we missed due to lateness of day Aspenglen and Bear Lake drives. The park is abundant with wildlife, but unfortunately we only saw some chipmunks. The Park was designated by Congress in 1915. Native Americans preceded all others 10,000 years prior.Each summer more than 1 million tourists travel in the park.
Below are photos from the drive. Highest altitude on the drive is 12,183 ft. We only took short hikes to the viewing areas due to altitude.
|Map of Park & Drive|
|Alpine Visitor Center|