Beginner’s Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park

This four-mile out and back trail was the first hike I ever did after moving to Colorado. The elevation in Estes Park is no joke, so if you’re new to town like I was, plan on taking lots of water and lots of breaks. It was slightly demoralizing that a very small fluffy white dogContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: East side of Rocky Mountain National Park

The entrance to the eastern side of RMNP is right outside of downtown Estes Park. Now that Highway 36 is completely restored, the drive is an easy and scenic hour and a half from Denver. As any basic Google searching will tell you, Bear Lake is the perfect place for beginners, first timers, out ofContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: East side of Rocky Mountain National Park”

Campground Guide: Green Ridge Campground at Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Campground descriptions usually read like a foreign language to the beginner camper, so without further ado here’s what you need to know before you go to Green Ridge Campground near Grand Lake, Colorado. Directions Green Ridge Campground sits on Shadow Mountain Reservoir, about 2.5 hours northwest of Denver, making it an easy drive for anContinue reading “Campground Guide: Green Ridge Campground at Shadow Mountain Reservoir”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: West side of Rocky Mountain National Park

Seeing some meese (yes, I know that’s not actually the plural of moose) has been on my outdoorsy bucket list for well over a year. It first started when I was working in Vermont and realized that was prime meesey habitat. After leaving without seeing so much as a squirrel, I shelved my moose ambitionsContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: West side of Rocky Mountain National Park”