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One of the vacation activities Sandy and I enjoy greatly is visiting
national parks and similar recreational areas. In addition to the
sightseeing and scenic photography opportunities, we enjoy mountain
We define mountain trail hiking as that which is on terrain which
is not on level ground or paved trails. Typically changes in elevation
are involved and the degree of change varies with the trail and
Rocky Mountain National Park is in Colorado. North of the Denver
area, the town of Estes Park is just outside the park on the east
side. We stayed at a small motel in Estes Park and every morning
before sunup we were heading into the park for a day of hiking,
sightseeing, photography and our much desired goal of spotting and
Rocky Mountain National Park is a relatively high elevation park
with many of the trails at between 7,000 to 10,000 feet with some
We drove to Estes Park from home and arrived about mid day on the
second day of driving. After checking into our motel, we were not
going to let the rest of the day go to waste but rather headed directly
into the park for a few short distance hikes and initial exploration.
We stayed at one of the greatest little motels we have ever run
across in our travels. Saddle & Surrey Motel. Located
on St. Vrain Ave on the south side of Estes Park. It is NOT a five
star chocolate on the pillow with concierge hotel. That's not what
we look for on our trips. We want a comfortable, clean bed in a
clean room with working amenities to come back to from a long day
of hiking or other day long activates.
We rented a kitchenette which, like the other rooms, is in a separate
"cabin". It is a motel, not a hotel. Convenient and affordable.
We'd stay there again on any future trips to Estes Park.
The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 40D dSLR.
Lenses consisted of a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide
angle lens and for long distance shots, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L
IS USM telephoto. Also used was a Canon PowerShot G12 camera.
I welcome comments and questions.
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