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Colorado Vacation and Rocky Mountain National Park Photography on Trail Ridge Road

Updated on September 19, 2016

Alpine flowers in the Rocky Mountains

Alpine flowers in the Rocky Mountains
Alpine flowers in the Rocky Mountains | Source

Rocky Mountains Vacation


Many pictures of Rocky Mountain photography will be shared in this hub showcasing Upper Beaver Meadow and Trail Ridge Road while addressing one particularly scenic day that my mother and I enjoyed on a Colorado vacation some years ago in the month of July.

Four days of our vacation were being spent in Estes Park and each day we ventured out in different directions to absorb as much of the beauty as was possible in that length of time. Estes Park provided a breathtakingly beautiful portion of our eleven days spent in Colorado.

We had read about these different areas of the Rocky Mountain National Park ahead of time when planning this Colorado vacation.

Reading about things and personally getting to savor these spectacular sites along this scenic route tantalized all of our senses.

Hopefully the pictures in this hub will show what awaits visitors to this part of the world.


Upper Beaver Meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park

Upper Beaver Meadow
Upper Beaver Meadow | Source

Upper Beaver Meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park

Upper Beaver Meadow
Upper Beaver Meadow | Source

Scenery in Upper Beaver Meadow with Beaver Dams

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See the dams built by beavers?Scenery in Upper Beaver MeadowThose beaver dams are really thick in this area of the meadow!
See the dams built by beavers?
See the dams built by beavers? | Source
Scenery in Upper Beaver Meadow
Scenery in Upper Beaver Meadow | Source
Those beaver dams are really thick in this area of the meadow!
Those beaver dams are really thick in this area of the meadow! | Source


Colorado Vacation Spots


The first part of our day was spent exploring Upper Beaver Meadow by car and by doing a bit of strolling through the meadow.


Upper Beaver Meadow is on the East side of the Rocky Mountain National Park and sits at an elevation of around 7800 feet.


Elk and deer are frequently seen and other animals that are occasionally sighted include badgers, fox, coyotes, mountain lions and even bear.


The high meadow derives its name for good reason...evidence of beavers building their dams are easily spotted along the waterways.


These Rocky Mountain beavers are truly busy ones!


We saw evidence of quite a few dams in existence and actually saw some busy beavers swimming and diving down into the water around one of their dams with a branch in tow.


My mother and I wondered just how often these waterways take a new path through the meadow due to the beaver's actions?


Obviously the water would follow a path of least resistance.




The trees one commonly finds ringing Upper Beaver Meadow are aspens which have leaves that turn a glorious golden color in the Fall as well as Douglas fir and lodge-pole pines.

Riding horses in Upper Beaver Meadow

Riding horses in Upper Beaver Meadow
Riding horses in Upper Beaver Meadow | Source

Long's Peak and Upper Beaver Meadows


One could obviously spend much more time in Upper Beaver Meadow.


Some people were enjoying this special area by riding horses.


Hikers can enjoy taking different trails.


One of them takes one to Deer Ridge Junction and is 1 mile in duration. If one wishes to go a bit further, a 2.7 mile trail takes one to Morraine Park. For those enthusiasts who wish to experience even more, a 6.5 mile hike takes one to Trail Ridge Road.


Speaking of roads, the road into Upper Beaver Meadow is dirt and goes just a little over 1 1/2 miles to the end which is how my mother and I viewed the meadow.


In the winter, the road is closed to automobiles but can still be accessed by walking in with skis, snowshoes and the like.

Elk Bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park


People who like to fish can find plenty of trout. Rainbow, cutthroat, brook and German brown trout have all been caught in the park's streams, rivers and lakes.



My mother and I were about to take one of the most spectacular 40 mile drives ever...the Trail Ridge Road.

Scenery near the bottom of the Trail Ridge Road near Estes Park

Scenery near the bottom of the Trail Ridge Road near Estes Park
Scenery near the bottom of the Trail Ridge Road near Estes Park | Source
Such spectacular scenery!
Such spectacular scenery! | Source

National scenic byway


U.S. 34 is the numbered highway that takes one on this spectacular sightseeing journey on the highest continuous paved road in the United States.


From the literature that we picked up, it said to allow four to six hours to drive to the Alpine Visitor Center at the top of Trail Ridge Road and return to Estes Park.


Obviously being a bit of a "camera bug" I knew to allow the maximum or even more time to enjoy this wondrous drive which takes one through multiple life zones.


As we kept driving and going up in elevation the trees started becoming more stunted in growth and eventually ceased growing altogether.


This is one trip that can only be enjoyed in the summertime because deep snowdrifts generally have the upper elevations of Trail Ridge Road closed the rest of the year.


The lower portions of this road are at 8,000 feet elevation and over 10 miles of it are at elevations of over 11,000 feet with the highest altitude reaching 12,183 feet above sea level.

Tourists on the Trail Ridge Road

Tourists looking at scenery from one of the parking areas on Trail Ridge Road.
Tourists looking at scenery from one of the parking areas on Trail Ridge Road. | Source

Trail Ridge Road


There are multiple parking areas provided for one's vehicle as one traverses the Trail Ridge Road.



One can gaze upon the surrounding scenery from different vantage points and take pictures as I happily did.

Scenery from Trail Ridge Road

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Scenery from Trail Ridge RoadScenery viewed from a parking area along the Trail Ridge Road.Sign on Trail Ridge RoadMy mother at one of the parking areas along Trail Ridge RoadSome beautiful alpine flowers near the top of Trail Ridge Road
Scenery from Trail Ridge Road
Scenery from Trail Ridge Road | Source
Scenery viewed from a parking area along the Trail Ridge Road.
Scenery viewed from a parking area along the Trail Ridge Road. | Source
Sign on Trail Ridge Road
Sign on Trail Ridge Road | Source
My mother at one of the parking areas along Trail Ridge Road
My mother at one of the parking areas along Trail Ridge Road | Source
Some beautiful alpine flowers near the top of Trail Ridge Road
Some beautiful alpine flowers near the top of Trail Ridge Road | Source

A Tour of Trail Ridge Road

Scenery near the top of Trail Ridge Road

Scenery near the top of Trail Ridge Road
Scenery near the top of Trail Ridge Road | Source

Alpine Visitor Center

Alpine flowers

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Alpine flowers blooming amidst rocksAlpine flowers
Alpine flowers blooming amidst rocks
Alpine flowers blooming amidst rocks | Source
Alpine flowers
Alpine flowers | Source

Alpine Visitor's Center


At the uppermost elevations of Trail Ridge Road whether one initiates the drive from the east entrance of Estes Park or from the west entrance near Grand Lake, one finds the Alpine Visitor's Center.

This is a great stopping point where one can get out and walk and view the amazing alpine tundra vegetation.

The profuse vegetation blankets this high elevation of the Rocky Mountains Continental Divide in the summer with thick and often multicolored flowers which can be seen at close view.

The visitor's center offers people a place to not only get out and stretch their legs, but it also provides a place in which one can purchase food and refreshments; use restrooms, and buy souvenirs if desired.

My mother chose to stay down at the Alpine Visitor's Center while I walked up higher and took these photos of the tundra plants.

Living in Houston, Texas which is not that far above sea level, we really noticed the difference in altitude!

At those sky-high elevations most people took their time in walking and one could easily become sunburned if one spent much time there on a bright day such as we enjoyed.

Tundra area above Alpine Visitor's Center

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Alpine Visitor's Center is down below in this photo.People walking up to the alpine tundra area above the Alpine Visitor's Center at the top of Trail Ridge Road.Sign posted at the top of this area.Alpine flowersThese alpine tundra flowers literally blanket the earth up here!
Alpine Visitor's Center is down below in this photo.
Alpine Visitor's Center is down below in this photo. | Source
People walking up to the alpine tundra area above the Alpine Visitor's Center at the top of Trail Ridge Road.
People walking up to the alpine tundra area above the Alpine Visitor's Center at the top of Trail Ridge Road. | Source
Sign posted at the top of this area.
Sign posted at the top of this area. | Source
Alpine flowers
Alpine flowers | Source
These alpine tundra flowers literally blanket the earth up here!
These alpine tundra flowers literally blanket the earth up here! | Source

Alpine flowers


Some of the plants that grow on the tundra include anemone, saxifrage, dwarf and alpine clovers, snowball, sky pilot, snowball and king's crown according to some literature that we acquired.

Plowing Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenery on Trail Ridge Road

Scenery on Trail Ridge Road
Scenery on Trail Ridge Road | Source
A Natural History of Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park's Highway to the Sky
A Natural History of Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park's Highway to the Sky

It always pays to read about where one might be traveling ahead of time. It makes it much more interesting when viewing it in person knowing some history behind it.

 

Lava Cliffs


We were to see many more gorgeous views as we followed the Trail Ridge Road back down, often pulling over to take more pictures.

One of these was at the Lava Cliffs turnout. From this vantage point different mountains can be viewed...Desolation Peaks at 12,949 feet; Mount Chapin at 12,454 feet; Mount Chiquita at 13,069 feet and Ypsilon Mountain at 13,514 feet.

Whoever named Mount Chiquita ( Chiquita in Spanish meaning "very small" ) must have had a sense of humor!

Apparently at some times of the year people actually do technical climbing on these 300 foot tall lava cliffs! But it was July at the time of our visit and they were still closed due to snow.

Lava Cliffs on the Trail Ridge Road

Lava Cliffs on the Trail Ridge Road
Lava Cliffs on the Trail Ridge Road | Source
Lava Cliffs
Lava Cliffs | Source

More snow was to be seen and enjoyed at these high elevations of the Trail Ridge Road even in July!

Snowfield in July on the Trail Ridge Road

Snowfield in July on the Trail Ridge Road
Snowfield in July on the Trail Ridge Road | Source
Looks like fun ahead!
Looks like fun ahead! | Source

The following pictures will show more of what we got to see as we descended the Trail Ridge Road.

Views we saw while descending the Trail Ridge Road going back to Estes Park, Colorado.

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Such beauty!Elk resting in the fieldsAnother type of flowerCar descending Trail Ridge RoadCloser to the bottom of Trail Ridge Road
Such beauty!
Such beauty! | Source
Elk resting in the fields
Elk resting in the fields | Source
Another type of flower
Another type of flower | Source
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Car descending Trail Ridge Road
Car descending Trail Ridge Road | Source
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Closer to the bottom of Trail Ridge Road
Closer to the bottom of Trail Ridge Road | Source

Trail Ridge Road in Six Minutes

Lower part of the Trail Ridge Road

Stream of water in the Rocky Mountains
Stream of water in the Rocky Mountains | Source
Elk and deer roam loose near Estes Park in the Rockies.
Elk and deer roam loose near Estes Park in the Rockies. | Source

Hope you enjoyed this Rocky Mountain photography as taken on my mother's and my Colorado vacation the one day we spent enjoying the Upper Beaver Meadow and the amazing Trail Ridge Road.

If you did, please leave a comment below. Many more days of our Colorado vacation will be shared in other postings.

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      Yes those upper elevations also affected us. Houston, Texas is not that much higher than sea level...probably 50 feet or thereabouts. My mother could not do much walking at those higher elevations. Nice that you got to spend quality time there!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      You were fortunate to be able to live in such a gorgeous state and be able to enjoy sites such as this more than once. Thanks for the votes, 5 star rating, the pin and the share. :)

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I loved this park - got to see it in 2008. My husband and I stayed in the area for a week, and really go to see the park. One thing I noticed was how much the elevation affected us. We had a great time hiking and exploring the park, however, and would love to go back. Great hub that really captures the beauty of this area. Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I've been through Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of times when I used to live in Western Colorado and people would come visit so they would have tourist guides. ;) Definitely a good place to visit, although much of Colorado is extremely scenic and beautiful and unusual to see. Spectacular photos, great videos, and tons of helpful info for anyone wanting to visit. Gave you another 5 stars, voted up and beautiful/useful, will share with followers and pin!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      The Rocky Mountain National Park is surely wondrous. Nice that you have experienced it personally to know of its vastness and beauty. I would also like to go back there someday. :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      You have done a great job capturing one of my favorite places on earth! It's been a few years since I've been to RMNP and reading this really makes me want to go back.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      While you were in a different part of Colorado, most of Colorado...at least all the parts that I have seen...are all so pretty. Will be nice to see some of your photos in a hub about that Rocky Mountain High state. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dwachira,

      Hope you get to visit Colorado someday and see sites like this Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountains. So glad that you liked the photos. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      Nice that you have gotten to experience the Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps next time with your hubby, you can drive it in leisurely fashion and enjoy it together. It is so scenic and beautiful! Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      And spark the nostalgia. I was recently in Colorado. I had to split my time between Boulder and Aurora. I know, very different places, but a good experience. I have a ton of pictures from the trip, but have yet to pull together an article.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to visit Colorado and visit Rocky Mountain National Park , the photos in this article look awesome. Voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is beautiful! I have been up Trail Ridge Road, looking down as we were driving, scared the "rain" out of me, but it was so beautiful. I was there on a business trip and didn't have much time to explore. I hope to go back some day and take hubby with me, he would love it! Beautiful hub, as always! Voted up, awesome and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again bandrocker,

      As you can see, we really enjoyed our time spent exploring the Trail Ridge Road and taking photos in the Rocky Mountains. Thanks again for your visit & comment.

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      brandrocker 5 years ago

      Hello Peggy W,

      Yup! You have lots of scopes to capture great moments when you have such a wonderful background all around. And the photos have been well captured. Some of them just look like landscape posters. Thanks once again for sharing the album with us.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brandrocker,

      Yes, 4 of our 11 day vacation was spent in Estes Park allowing us the time to explore the Trail Ridge Road and other parts of the Rocky Mountains. It was so beautiful! Glad that you liked the photos and videos. Thanks for your comment.

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      brandrocker 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub. You must have spent four terrific days of your life there. Memories glitter. Really enjoyed viewing the pics and the videos.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi doodlebugs,

      I hear you! Ha! Since I am not a skier, Spring, Summer and Fall would be my preferable time to visit Colorado also. Thanks for commenting on this Trail Ridge Road hub in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.

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      doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

      Great photos in your Hub. I don't want to meet one of the snowblowers on the road, so I'd prefer to visit Colorado in the summer. (Not much of a cold weather person).

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Emile R,

      How fortunate you were to have been able to spend time living, camping and exploring the beautiful State of Colorado. Nice to know that this hub brought back some happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment. :))

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      Emile R 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub immensely. I used to live in Colorado and we spent every weekend camping and exploring the wonders of that great state.I've missed it and your hub brought back some beautiful memories.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi applecsmith,

      Lucky you to be visiting Colorado every year! Such great scenery there! Glad that you liked this hub about the Trail Ridge Road. Hope that you enjoy it as much as my mother and I did when we saw it. Thanks for the comment. :))

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a beautiful hub and the pictures are gorgeous. I love visiting Colorado every year but I have yet to experience some of these locations. I've bookmarked for future reference. Voted up and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello hungryin,

      Glad to hear that you liked seeing these photos of Trail Ridge Road in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Thanks for your comment.

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      hungryin 6 years ago

      It was beautiful to see and watch the pics,

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      hungryin 6 years ago

      It was beautiful to see and watch the pics,

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TheMonk,

      It was amazing to see those beaver dams...and so many of them!...in Upper Beaver Meadow. Nice to hear that you enjoyed this photography taken in the Rocky Mountains. You know what they say..."a picture is worth a thousand words." Thanks for your comment.

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      TheMonk 6 years ago from Brazil

      I´m not really into landscape photography. However, your photos did impressed me! I particularly liked the Upper Beaver Meadow with Beaver Dams. Fantastic!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DaltonPark,

      So happy to hear that you have not only enjoyed the Trail Ridge Road but also the Old Fall River Road in the Rockies of Colorado. We traveled both while on vacation and I also shared pictures of the Fall River Road in another hub. Such glorious scenery! You were blessed to have grown up in that area. Thanks for your comment.

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      DaltonPark 6 years ago from Monterey, CA

      Beautiful pics! I grew up in northern Colorado, and your hub made me rather homesick! As a kid, we would go up to Trail Ridge a few times every summer and hike around, in addition to camping all over the Rockies throughout the summer. I would recommend to people that when they go to Trail Ridge from the Estes Park side to take Old Fall River Road, if they are feeling adventurous and the weather permits. This is the winding dirt road 'back way' up to the visitor's center on Trail Ridge. This way gives you a lot of chances to see wildlife, and gets you away from all the tourist traffic on the main road during summer weekends.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello KoffeKlatch Gals,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the Rocky Mountain photography on Trail Ridge Road. It was a scenic part of our Colorado vacation and one well remembered. Thanks for the comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, gorgeous pictures. Thanks for the scenic tour it was great fun.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      Thanks for viewing some of this Rocky Mountain Photography taken on the Trail Ridge road and also Upper Beaver Meadow. Glad you liked the pictures shown here from my mother's and my Colorado vacation trip some years ago and appreciate the comment.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      The "Upper Beaver Meadow" shots are spectacular! "Scenery viewed from a parking area near Trail Ridge Road" unbelievably beautiful.

      You are quite the photographer. Thank you for this exquisite gallery!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jaclin,

      Yes, we had some wonderful times together on vacation and also in life. She was my best friend as well as being my mother. I lost her just 13 months ago and still miss her!

      I have much more to write about our vacations...even this one spent in Colorado. Have started breaking them into shorter segments so that they do not get too long. So stay tuned...there will be more from Colorado in the future.

      It is nice going through photo albums and writing about things that we got to enjoy doing together...same as with your Dad. My Dad died many years ago. My mother was widowed for 28 years.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      jaclin 6 years ago

      Once again an inspiring hub with some fantastic photographs... I was thinking as I was reading it that you appear to have made some amazing trips with you Mom - then I read above that this was your second to last trip with her... I can imagine that writing you hubs and sharing your photos must bring back some wonderful memories of time spent with her. Having lost my Dad five years ago - I love doing scrapbook pages of times spent with him...

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oliversmum,

      Happy to be able to share this Rocky Mountain photography from my mother's and my Colorado vacation with you. Seeing the alpine flowers growing at 12,000 feet elevation was a treat as was so much else on that great trip.

      Even without a fear of flying it is impossible to get everywhere in the world to see it in person. Like you, I enjoy reading and seeing photos from others who write about different areas that I have never visited.

      Thanks again for your comment and vote up. Much appreciated! :)

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      Peggy W. Hi.Thank you for taking us on a spectacular holiday.

      The scenery is beautiful and your photographs are magical.The flowers and the wildlife would be something to see in person.

      I just wish it was not so far away, and my fear of flying would go away.

      Thank you again.I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking at the photographs.Voted up. :) :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      This one day of my mother's and my Colorado vacation was packed with beautiful experiences. Getting to do some Rocky Mountain photography was a treat for me and to do it from the very high Trail Ridge Road at those lofty heights was amazing. Glad to hear that you liked seeing the pictures and hearing about it. Appreciate the comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You are so lucky to see so much beauty. Thank you so much for showing it to us.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Our Colorado vacation was the 2nd last one my mother and I got to take together. I cherish those memories of us seeing the sites along Trail Ridge Road and experiencing the Rocky Mountains together. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Peggy,

      This is a very lovely and colorful hub on your Colorado vacation. Your photos and videos are really great. I would love to experience the beauty of Trail Ridge Road and capture the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. A great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      So very happy to share one day of our Colorado vacation with you! It would be wonderful for you to experience Trail Ridge Road and get to do some of your own Rocky Mountain photography. Knowing you...it would make for a fantastic hub! You always see the beauty in things, big and small. God bless you!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jeff,

      Since you have been to Upper Beaver Meadow and Trail Ridge Road, you first-hand know the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Climbing them...that is something else that the majority of people never attempt. You are quite the explorer and athlete! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Wow! That would be quite a bike ride going up the Trail Ridge Road! If you think you are sore going up Mount Mitchell...OUCH!...in the Rockies! I wouldn't want your saddle sores! :-)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow... I can't say anything. Peggy, this is special place and totally beautiful. I liked your report about Rocky Mountain. You have great journey. Well done. I love all stunning pictures here. I hope I can visit this place someday. Vote up as usual. God bless you!

      Your best friend, Prasetio

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      Jeffrey Penn May 6 years ago from St. Louis

      I've climbed three 14er's in Colorado, and backpacked, as well as been to the places in your hub. Love the pictures and videos. You do a nice job of capturing the spirit of the place. Even though I've climbed mountains from Alaska to South America, the Rockies in Colorado never lose their appeal.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very nice Peggy! I would love to climb this on a bicycle. 12,000 ft.! Our Mount Mitchell is almost half that and it's the highest on the east coast. Beautifully done Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello agusfanani,

      Oh yes...beavers can literally change the course of a river with their dams if left intact. We certainly saw a great number of them in Upper Beaver Meadow while on our Colorado vacation in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      DjBryle,

      Thanks for taking a look at our Colorado Vacation on this one day that included the Trail Ridge Road. It offers such grand vistas and makes it perfect for taking some Rocky Mountain photography. Glad that you liked it and thanks for your comment.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      I enjoy this hub very much, the views are wonderful and I didn't know that beavers are such good engineers ! Thank you Peggy W.

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      DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Wow! Such a lovely place. It would be so great to spend some time and relax there... the flowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing these images with words that makes visiting the place even more interesting. I missed my virtual tour with you, Peggy! 'Been too busy lately, but this virtual tour really helped me unwind and put up a cheerful mood for a better day! Thanks! God bless! =)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      It is amazing to see snow in July but taking into consideration the elevations of the Trail Ridge road in the Rocky Mountains, I guess it is not all that unusual. Thanks for viewing this portion of our Colorado vacation taken some years ago and leaving a comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I remember traveling through the mountains in in July of 1960 going to Los Angeles for my brothers wedding. i was so impressed to find snow in July.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      That's an idea! Add a song to this hub. How about John Denver singing Rocky Mountain High? (Smile) Glad you liked this hub showing more of my mother's and my Colorado Vacation...especially the Trail Ridge Road. Thanks for your comment.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy thanks for sharing some more beautiful photos from your rocky mountain journey - I keep hearing Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain way now as I read through in my head :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I know what you mean. Colorado is so beautiful and vacationing there is such a delight. Glad you liked these Rocky Mountain photography images on Trail Ridge and elsewhere. Thanks for your comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Peggy, I haven't been to Colorado for a number of years and your pictures make me want to return as soon as possible. The pictures are stunning as Colorado is such a beautiful state. It sounds like your vacation was just wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello AskAshlie3433,

      Like you, we almost moved to Colorado Springs once, but those plans fell through. Glad that you enjoyed these Rocky Mountain photography pictures on Trail Ridge and Upper Beaver Meadow on our Colorado vacation. Now that you mention it, our ears were popping a bit! I had forgotten that. Thanks for the speedy first comment.

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      What a beautiful place Peggy and such a great review. I bet you had a ball. I always have wanted to go there and I actually had plans to moove to Aspen but it didn't work out. That was a snow covered road! Wow, a couple of feet at the least. Great collection of pictures. Love the one with the sign. That is way up there. I bet your poor ears were a popping. Great hub and great read Peggy. Best to you and take care.