Category Archives: RMNP Trail Ridge Road

Delicate Little Fairy Slipper By The Stream In The Woods In Rocky Mountain National Park

 

One of my favorite wildflowers is the Fairy Slipper. I used to see them back east so it is a big treat to see them out here too.

The Fairy Slipper grows from a bulb to be about 5″ tall and has but one leaf and one flower. It loves to grow in moist areas, especially forests. It is a beautiful and endangered species.

The flower is pink with 5 small petals above the “slipper.” I think it is just exquisite!

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Little Snowman Overlooking Old Hidden Valley Ski Slopes And Bowls On Trail Ridge Road In RMNP

The day that Phil and I drove up Trail Ridge Road we stopped at Many Parks Curve to see all of the old Hidden Valley ski slopes. You can see where the old T-Bar was located as well as many of the ski slopes. They are so much easier to see with the snow that trying to find them in the summer when you drive up.

We saw where we snowshoed up the old T-Bar to Trail Ridge Road and then hiked along the road till we got to the bowls. We then snowshoed down Columbine. What a magical day, just trying to relive what life and skiing was like many years ago when Hidden Valley was open.

When I saw this little snowman, it just made my day! I thought it was just adorable!

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The Snow Poles Up On Trail Ridge Road In RMNP Are Ready For The Snow To Start Falling!

 

Phil and I took a ride up Trail Ridge Road the other day to see how much snow was up there. The road had been closed for about a week and we weren’t sure how long it would remain open.

We could see quite a bit of snow in the distant mountains and also where it had drifted along Trail Ridge Road.

You can see the “snow poles” along the sides of the road. These help the snowplows maneuver the road when the snow is very deep. Up top these poles are a good 10-15 feet tall. We’ve seen drifts at least that tall when spring comes.

You never know when they will close Trail Ridge Road for the season. Old Fall River Road is already closed. If you want to get that last scenic drive in, you’d better do it pretty soon before they do close the road for the winter.

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