Rocky Mountain National Park: Summiting Deer Mountain

Our final morning in Rocky Mountain National Park we got an early start for the trailhead to Deer Mountain - the most accessible summit in the park. While the park is known for all of its 14ers, Deer Mountain's summit is at an easy, breezy 10,040 feet. To cut to the chase, our hike was …

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Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road

These crazy times of COVID-19 have inspired us (and many other people) to prioritize visiting the National Parks and enjoying the great outdoors. One of my favorite Christmas gifts - my annual America the Beautiful National Parks Pass - has come in especially useful this year. As planned, we kicked off the year visiting new …

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Driving to the Top of Pikes Peak

For our seventh wedding anniversary, we spent a weekend in Colorado enjoying time together in the great outdoors. In addition to spending a couple days in Rocky Mountain National Park, we drove to Colorado Springs to check out the infamous Pikes Peak. When we arrived mid-morning, traffic was already lined up to enter Pike National …

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Opt Outside: Exploring the National Parks

Last year I asked for an annual U.S. National Parks Pass for Christmas, and it ended up being one of the most useful things I could have put on my list! I wanted to make the most out of having it. As we were plotting our travel plans for the year, we prioritized destinations where …

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