From life in the middle of nowhere

More from the Mountains

Estes Park Colorado may be the world’s most beautiful tourist trap. The mountain view is absolutely breathtaking, but the town center is full of overpriced food, shot glasses and tee shirts. Sitting like a crown jewel in Estes Park is the stunning Stanley Hotel, which has been made infamous because Steven King was inspired to write “The Shining” while staying here. We went in and sat in the lobby for awhile, trying to act like we belonged. Below is a picture of some elk in velvet munching on the grass buffet outside the beautiful hotel.


For all my traveling, I haven’t actually spent too much time in a tent. I purchased this 4 person dome tent off of REI during a sale, and it was fantastic for what we needed during our trip. At about 9 lbs it is too heavy to take into the mountains, and works best for car camping. It was extremely easy to set up and kept us dry the whole trip. This is our site at the Glacier Gorge Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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4 responses

  1. Our daughter went to camp outside of Estes Park, and we felt obligated to stay at the Stanley the first time. My husband and I skulked around outside the hotel, trying to get good elk photos, without realizing how dangerous this was!!! I’m glad we survived. But what a fabulous experience!!!

    June 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    • Is it dangerous? I mean, other than in a creepy “Shining” way?

      June 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      • Hahaha! No, we didn’t know till afterwards that elk can attack people and do serious damage! We’re both the kind that want to pet a bear in the wilderness, and make friends with an elk family. stupid.

        June 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      • It is pretty difficult to resist the urge to rub those cute fuzzy antlers the elk have. Bears on the other hand- are totally hands off for me! A bear actually wandered into the campground and the ranger came over and told us to put everything up. It never came close to our site, but I was ready to hide in the car at a moments notice!

        June 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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