East Side, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the USA. It is renowned for its spectacular landscapes.The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west in the state of Colorado. Estes Park town is in northern Colorado and it is the base for the Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park has more lodging and restaurants than Grand Lake. The East side of the park mesmerizes with its incredible landscapes from snow capped granite peaks to crystal clear lakes and gorgeous waterfalls along with many accessible trails with stunning views.

These photos are from a two day visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in late September 2019. The Aspen trees started turning into golden colors, the alpine tundra turned to yellowish brown, and the elk mating season had just begun. These brought the park’s magnificent views though it was a cloudy and gloomy day.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Alluvial Fan Falls Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Alluvial Fan Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Alluvial Fan Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Alluvial Fan Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Sheep lakes, Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Sheep lakes, Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Moraine Park Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Moraine Park Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Cub Lake Trailhead Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Cub Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Places to Go

  • Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park, Sheep Lakes, Moraine Park discovery Center and Amphitheater, Alluvial Fan Falls, Alberta Falls
  • Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Lake Haiyaha, Sprague Lake, Bierstadt Lake, Cub Lake

Best Things To Do

  • Drive along the scenic Bear Lake Road. Visit Moraine Park Discovery Center and Moraine Park Amphitheater. There are plenty of pull-outs or overlooks along Bear Lake Road. Keep some extra time for stopping for photos, wildlife, sights, and for unplanned delays
  • Take a short drive on South Moraine Road and Fern Lake Road. Enjoy Moraine Park which has vast beautiful meadows and amazing roaming wildlife in the backdrop of snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the distant
  • Drive Fall River Road and stop at the scenic overlook Horseshoe Park and Sheep Lakes. Good photo-op for elk and sheep in this scenic meadow
  • Hike the Bear Lake Loop Trail and embrace the gorgeous lake surrounded by the magnificent peaks. More info here
  • Enjoy hiking to Emerald Lake, a stunning emerald green alpine lake which offers outstanding views of Longs Peak, Hallett Peak, and wildflowers. The hike is more delightful with the beautiful floating lily pads covering Nymph Lake and gorgeous Dram Lake along the way. More details here
  • Hike to the gorgeous waterfall Alberta Falls that falls over a rocky cliff. This waterfall is easily accessible from the Glacier Gorge parking area or the Bear Lake parking area
  • Relax and relish at Alluvial Fan Falls. The trail feathers a waterfall over big boulders. This trail also offers hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching
  • Hike the popular and splendid Sprague Lake Trail, Bierstadt Lake Trail, Lake Haiyaha Trail, Cub Lake Trail and Fern Lake Trail
  • Explore downtown Estes Park
  • Ride the Estes Park Aerial Tramway
  • Enjoy kayaking on Lake Estes
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24 comments

  1. Looks terrific! Another State we want to get to one day.

  2. Beautiful series of pictures, Jyothi!! As usual, good info for visitors!!

  3. Beautiful photos and all the lakes you mention seem to be really nice places to visit one day.

  4. Great shots, Jyothi! I love Colorado! 🌞

  5. It looks like it must have been a marvelous experience, my dear friend Jyothi ~ thanks for sharing 😊

  6. Thank you for the post Jyothi.πŸ™‚

  7. Beautiful!!!!!

  8. Great shots – great experience

  9. Always love seeing the Rockies..only saw them in Alberta and BC ..will add Colorado to our list

  10. I have family in the USA in Colorado, and I have twice had the chance to discover this state with its breathtaking landscapes; I love the sea, it’s my favorite element, but I must say that you can’t resist the splendor of the Rockies for long.
    With my cousin we had made camping in the mountain, and we heard the coyotes singing … great memory especially the marshmallow at the campfire, very great memory !!!!
    Thanks JyothiπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ’«

  11. I can’t wait to visit the Rocky’s one day. Thank you for the beautiful photos so I can ‘travel’ there online instead! πŸ™‚

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