We woke up a bit later than we wanted on our first real day in Colorado, at the bf’s parents home in Loveland, but after doing a 14+ hour drive we could hardly be blamed for that. (I love roadtrips, truly I do, but they can really take it out of your sometimes.)
The plan was to head on out to Rocky Mountain NP and just take in the sights that might be open (about 70% of all roads where closed for the season, which was sometime we had actually anticipated in advance) and stop at Bear Lake per recommendation from the bf’s family. About two hours later found us rethinking these plans because apparently even in the off season you should probably get to Bear Lake earlier than 11am if you’d like to score a parking spot. This ended up being the best thing that could happen however as we quickly rearranged plans to come back just after sunrise the next morning when there were no people to see us slip and sliding around the frozen lake but …thats a story for a later post.
My recommendation if you’d like to visit Rocky Mountain NP would be to visit when Trail Ridge Road is open (seems to usually open late in May) as that’s pretty much the #1 attraction at the park. If just you’re in the area like we were though, definetly take the opportunity to at least stop by for a few hours, it’s more than worth it.