Wanderlust: Rocky Mountain National Park

November 11, 2015 1 Comments

I  recently took a solo prayer/adventure retreat to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and it was quite possibly one of the most inspiring/restful solo retreats I’ve ever taken. There simply aren’t words to describe the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park… And since they say that a picture is worth a thousand, here is a photo journal from my experience…
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I stayed in the cutest little cabin called The Rose Den , which is situated just a few miles from the Eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The cabin was simple, rustic, and secluded. Inside it had a full kitchen, a huge picture window facing the mountains, a fireplace, an outdoor jacuzzi, and an upright piano…I couldn’t have asked for more.

I spent my mornings/early afternoons hiking the trails, and my late afternoons/evenings praying, relaxing at the cabin, and exploring Estes Park. Here are a few photos from some of the hikes I went on, as well as my suggestions for what trails to take.
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This was one of the views from the Dream Lake Trail. The trail is a simple 2.5 mile hike. I did it at sunset as a trail run and then again the next morning as the beginning portion of a longer hike. Below are a couple of photos I took with my iphone during my sunset trail run on the first night there.
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The second day I hiked to Emerald Lake and to Lake Haiyaha . Both beautiful hikes that I highly recommend….
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The late afternoon/evening after these hikes I grabbed a bite to eat a quaint little restaurant in downtown Estes Park called, Claires and then took full advantage of the jacuzzi back at my cabin… 😉

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The final day I didn’t have a ton of time before I had to get back to Denver for my flight back to LA so I chose to do a quick morning trail run to Alberta Falls, which is short hike from the Bear Lake trail head.
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There are so many trails to be explored in Rocky Mountain National Park and I definitely wish I could have had more time to explore them all, but I am SO thankful for everything that I was able to see during my short time there. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a truly majestic outdoor adventure. 🙂

Mandy Dobbelmann

Founder and editor of Forte E Bello. Mandy is writer, singer/songwriter, and music teacher with a love for life, people, adventure and living simply. She is passionate about using her gift for writing and music to be a voice for change.

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    Debby

    November 12, 2015

    Amazing.
    You sure did have a good time

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