Touching the clouds

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Touching the clouds

Day hiking highs in 100-year-old Rocky Mountain National Park
Nymph Lake is a highlight along the Bear Lake Corridor Trails area in Rocky Mountain National Park. The corridor offers good day hikes in the eastern side of the park. In September, the park is launching a yearlong celebration of its centennial.
This elevation sign post is just a short hike up from the Alpine Visitor Center on the edge of the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
A small waterfall runs near Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Terrain in the Bear Lake Corridor Trails area can be steep and rugged, but the rewards of a day hike are many. This system of trails south of Highway 36 is about 90 minutes from Estes Park.
Terrain in the Bear Lake Corridor Trails can be steep and rugged, but the rewards of a day hike are many.

Touching the clouds

Nymph Lake is a highlight along the Bear Lake Corridor Trails area in Rocky Mountain National Park. The corridor offers good day hikes in the eastern side of the park. In September, the park is launching a yearlong celebration of its centennial.
This elevation sign post is just a short hike up from the Alpine Visitor Center on the edge of the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
A small waterfall runs near Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Terrain in the Bear Lake Corridor Trails area can be steep and rugged, but the rewards of a day hike are many. This system of trails south of Highway 36 is about 90 minutes from Estes Park.
Terrain in the Bear Lake Corridor Trails can be steep and rugged, but the rewards of a day hike are many.
If you go

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK: Campground reservations, trail maps, wildlife viewing tips, centennial festivities: www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm. Entrance fees: $20 per car, $10 per person for seven days.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Nearby hotels, motels, cabins, rental condos: http://visitestespark.com/lodging/.
DINING: Near Estes Park, Mama Rose’s along the Big Thompson River (with outdoor seating when weather permits) offers delicious pasta, salads and garlic bread, http://mamarosesrestaurant.com. Rock Inn Mountain Tavern, on Highway 66 outside town, offers a cozy cabin-like interior, frequent live music, and varied menu (pan-seared trout, beefy burgers, hummus, roasted beets), http://rockinnestes.com. Splurge on a drink at the historic Stanley Hotel’s handsome tin-ceilinged bar. The hotel – which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining – serves food too, www.stanleyhotel.com.

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