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…

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.
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.
The second day I hiked to Emerald Lake and to Lake Haiyaha . Both beautiful hikes that I highly recommend….
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… 😉

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.
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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    November 12, 2015

    You sure did have a good time