What a day trip! We made the hour + journey from our campground north of Denver over to Estes Park to spend the day in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Not only was it Saturday, but seems it was THE weekend for festivals. Lyons had a big "Good Old Days" thing going on & Estes Park had a Scandinavian Festival! What a zoo of humanity, all having a good time!
A wonderful ranger suggested we walk up to Chasm Falls on a dirt road. Old Fall River Rd was the first "auto road" into the Rockies & it follows the route of Ute hunters who came into these area in search of game. Since it was still closed to cars due to snow, it made a wonderful hike. Mags came with us & did amazing! We climbed 600 ft in a mile & a half so it was a good workout! Glorious views of the mountains & snow melt roaring down everywhere. The hike out seemed really easy, down hill all the way.
The Trail Ridge Rd was filled with cars but we enjoyed ourselves. It is billed as the highest continuous paved road in America. Hmm, seems we have heard that before about Independence Pass. Any road over 12,000 feet is a miracle. The majesty of the Rockies made us feel we were in another world - at least another country!