Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado

In January 2017, I visited Estes Park and explored Rocky Mountain National Park, saw lots of animals, and enjoyed the snow (of course).

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The park was almost totally empty, and the ranger at the information center said that most of the roads in the park were closed since they’d gotten so much snow.

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Elk!

I’m jumping for joy in the picture above because I love snow and cold weather. The locals said it was the most snow they’d get all year as well as the coldest temperatures of the year (around -14 degrees Fahrenheit). Many of the stores and restaurants in Estes Park were closed or empty, whereas in the summer season there would be lines out the door.

In fact, I probably only saw a maximum of 15 other people in the park over the course of 4 days. The humans were vastly outnumbered by deer and elk.

 

There were a quite a few deer wandering around the cabins!

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The sky cleared up after a few days, and it stopped snowing.

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The owner of this car has quite a bit of snow to clean off their car!

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