Highway 34 Traffic Jam in the Big Thompson Canyon

NoCo Daily Photo_Rams on Highway 34Rams on Highway 34The shoulder season is still a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  Elk are abundant throughout Estes Park and the lower meadows of RMNP.  If you look closely on the drive up Highway 34 from Loveland you are bound to spot some of the bighorn sheep grazing along the side of the road…or in the middle of the highway.  This is just a typical Colorado traffic jam on Highway 34.

Another reason I love living in Northern Colorado!


Estes Park Vacation Home Review by Ryan Levander

"Keep close to Nature's heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." – John Muir


I don't think any quote better describes how I felt after spending a weekend in Richard's cabin. Emphasis on the last sentence and "washing your spirit clean."


Each time I travel to Estes Park it's an amazement within itself. The town sits at 7,522 feet above sea level, is nestled in the heart of the Front Range and Eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). People go up to Estes Park for a lot of different reasons. I think one underlying case is always simplicty and beauty; there's no escaping it.


For a weekend in the woods and literally a stone's throw from the RMNP entrance sign, this cabin is everything you need and nothing you don't. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious kitchen and dining area leading into a VERY cozy living room. The fireplace and windows are the best parts about this cabin.


The first night I lit the fire and sat doing absolutely nothing on the couch right by it. Almost as if I was carrying on a conversation with it. As if the stars on a full moon night wouldn't be enough, I had the pleasure of staying there on a new moon weekend. WOW. It was as if all the constellations were boarding Noah's Arc and two of each were out. It was truly amazing to see such a clear, concise, and beautiful sky from a warm, relaxing living room.


Breakfast each morning was in good company. Elk, rabbits, foxes, deer, countless birds; kinda of upset I already used a Noah's Arc reference…Nevertheless, the very large windows made staying inside an option on a fairly cold January weekend. There was one instance where I finished my fruit and bagels while a group of deer starting inching closer and closer from the mountains north of me. I was truly amazed at how close they got as I peeled my oranges and finished my bagel. It was a surreal moment and I was able to snap photos of these beautiful creatures in the process:

Estes Park Vacation Home Review January 2013

Thank you Heidi for your kind review of our vacation cabin in Estes Park, CO.  After her recent stay for New Year's Eve she shared the following review:

"We would definitely recommend staying at this quaint cabin right near Rocky Mountain National Park.  The first morning of our stay, we saw a herd of at least 200 elk right outside the front window.  It was truly amazing to see such beautiful wildlife, while drinking our morning coffee.  The interior of the property is totally updated and almost brand new, yet very comfortable and relaxing.  It’s such a convenient location near the Park, but also less than a 5 minute drive into town to check out some great restaurants, wineries and attractions.  We are already planning our next stay in this awesome vacation get-away!"  – Heidi M.

This 2BD 2BA (no tubs-showers only) home is conveniently located near the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park in the High Drive area of Estes Park, CO. Let the smell of pine trees surrounding the home invigorate your senses and watch elk, deer, and local wildlife from the deck or pack patio. Some of the 1960s charm remains but much of the home was refurbished in 2012. The beautiful kitchen includes new fixtures, appliances, cabinets, and Silestone counters. New carpet, hardwood, and tile flooring. The master bedroom with queen bed and guest bedroom with two twin beds make this a perfect vacation rental for four guests. Washer/dryer included. High-speed wireless Internet and basic cable included. Sorry, no phone or dishwasher.