Rocky Mountain National Park has always had a special place in our hearts. It’s been a place of escape and a nice respite when we need to run away from reality. Maybe it has something to do with being amongst nature and the fact that there is no cell phone reception, but we find Rocky Mountain National Park to be just magic.
There is nothing quite like sigh of relief I get driving down Highway 36 and seeing Estes Park appear at the base of the foothills. The city, which may be small, has quite a big impact on my well being. It’s weird, and at times, I find it hard to find the words to explain it. But escaping reality and heading to the mountains puts a spell on me and just makes me so damn happy.
Escaping to Rocky Mountain National Park
Spending the day at RMNP is so doable, especially since it’s about an hour and half away from Denver. Whether you leave early in the morning or spend the night in Estes Park, Rocky Mountain makes for such a fun weekend getaway from the Denver metro.
One of the things I love about visiting RMNP is the abundance of beauty and the lack of cell service. Haha. For reals though, it feels so good to turn off the ole brain, take in the fresh air and be completely surrounded by nature. I love being surrounded by the peace and quiet of the mountains and giving my brain the chance to just stop overthinking and take in the beauty of life.
It funny to me that over the course of the past two years of living in Denver, that I’ve slowly turned into more and more of a mountain person. Having grown up on the California coast in San Clemente, I’ve always retreated to the beach when I was having a bad day. I would go down to the beach and reconnect with nature to take my mind off things. It always seemed to be the perfect place to find some peace and collect my thoughts.
Well, fast forward to present day, the mountains are now our happy place and luckily for us, there is an abundance of them in our own backyard!! So whenever we feel like we are losing sense of control in our lives, we head north to RMNP.
Hiking around Bear Lake
Quite possibly one of my favorite places in RMNP, if not Colorado. It’s stunning, quiet, and just all around peaceful. Even on it’s busiest day, you can find some peace and seclusion to connect with nature.
I have to say, when we head to RMNP, that a hike around Bear Lake is a must! It’s easy, flat and really close to the parking lot. I know that sounds really lazy, but I secretly love it’s close proximity to the car. Haha. The hike around Bear Lake is probably about a mile (give or take – I’m not good with distance) and provides beautiful 360 degree views of the Rockies.
….and it is soooo beautiful!!!
For real, I highly recommend it. You can also add on a hike up to the Nymph, Emerald and Dream Lakes in one direction or head to Bierstadt Lake in the other. We attempted the Nymph Lake route but when your pregnant (surprise!!!), out of drinking water and up +9,400 feet above sea level, it gets tiring real quick. So needless to say, we retreated back to our car to get food in nearby Estes Park.
So whether you feel like you are losing sense of your world or just overwhelmed with life, RMNP is the perfect place to escape for a bit. We all cope with stress in different ways, and for me, reconnecting with nature works wonders for my mental state. When you head on your next trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, you’re in for a treat. You’ll instantly be at peace and in a place of calm.
I’d love to know from y’all, where do you seek refuge when your world is a little crazy?