In July, we went back to Rocky for a second time this summer. 2015 is their 100 year anniversary and visits are up by 25% according to one park ranger. I believe it, as the place is very busy. That’s not necessarily a distinguishing factor though, since RMNP is #5 on the most visited national parks list with 3.4 million visitors per year. Not exactly a destination for someone looking for solitude. But if someone is looking for grand mountain scenery it is easily one of the most accessible locations in the NPS.
Though I did capture a few images this trip, it was mostly just a relaxed time in the beautifully located Moraine Park Campground.
The last rays of the evening sun on Long’s Peak and the moraine from Moraine Park Campground
My morning excursions were limited to a few locations along the road to Bear Lake, including a couple of sunrise attempts at Sprague Lake. Glacier Creek runs through this area, eventually feeding into the Big Thompson River. This is the beautifully scenic Glacier Gorge area of the park. Glacier Creek starts it’s journey from the glaciers and snow pack of the mountains above, including Hallet Peak, Taylor Peak and others. They are featured in most of the images captured on this trip. No epic shots but a fine time nonetheless.