Iíve been hiking in Coloradoís Rocky Mountain Park for years.I thought you might be interested in some of the pictures and videos Iíve taken.Iíve arranged them by seasons so you can see what it looks like throughout the year.All of the videos are of water because I like hiking near water.

Iím not a professional photographer with an expensive camera.What you see here is what youíll see if you visit RMNP with a point-and-shoot camera or with your phone.Some of the videos were made with an old camera so the resolution isnít the best.Videos are at the bottom of the page.

This page is very plain, no graphics.The pictures are the thing here.I hope you enjoy these images of Rocky Mountain National Park through all four seasons.

 

Spring

Spring is when the snowmelt is at its highest.In early spring, we still have a lot of snow. At higher elevations, we can have three feet of snow in June.Some hiking trails are inaccessible until July because of the snow.Water comes down the mountains like a freight train in May and June.Hiking in an early spring snowstorm can be an adventure, as long as itís done safely.

 

Normally I try to take pictures without people.But in this picture of Alluvial Fan, the people provide perspective.

 

This is Chasm Falls.It is on old Fall River Road, a winding dirt road that goes up to the visitor center at the top of the mountain.In the spring itís closed to vehicular traffic but you can hike to Chasm falls on the road.This shot was taken at the top of the falls, the next one was from below the falls.

 

If you hike when it is rainy and misty, you often have the trails to yourself.

 

Ouzel Falls is not the most spectacular waterfall in the park, but it is one of my favorites because you can get close enough to stand in the spray.And even though itís not the tallest waterfall, itís still impressive.The hike to Ouzel takes you by some smaller waterfalls and cascades (Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades).The picture below is Ouzel, the one below that is a smaller fall along the way.

 

Summer

I the summer, July through September, the water dries up as the snowpack melts away.But some places still have impressive water even in the summer months.

 

I normally leave animals out of my pictures.But this was taken on the Deer Mountain trail.Where, not surprisingly, you might see deer.

 

This little bridge is on the trail to lake Haiyaha.Yes, we call this a bridge here. This is one of the areas that is difficult to reach until summer.There is one spot on the trail that Iím just not willing to try even with snowshoes.

 

A mountain rainbow on a foggy, misty day.

 

Fall

Fall in the mountains doesnít have large amounts of water.Some of the mountain peaks still have snow fields.And we can get fresh snow at the tops of the mountains in September. Some of the roads such as the upper portion of Trail Ridge Road in RMNP will close in September due to snow.But fall is when the aspens change color.The trail to Bierstadt Lake is one of the best hikes to see fall foliage.But itís so popular that you may find parking difficult if you donít arrive early. Of course, if you donít want to hike, you can find a lot of roads that will take you to impressive foliage, such as Peak-to-Peak highway (Highway 72) and Highway 285 through Kenosha Pass.

 

This one is Bear Lake.I really like the trees reflecting in the water.This contrasting color is created by stands of aspens among the pines.

This picture isnít in the park, itís of Kenosha Pass. Just to provide a different view of the aspens.

 

 

Winter

In the winter, of course, we have snow.And we can have a lot of it.Some of the pictures Iíve taken are of places that just are not accessible in the winter.There isnít as much water in the winter, but the snow itself can make some beautiful landscapes.And sometimes the snow shows you things you wouldnít otherwise see.We were hiking on new snow one day, the only tracks there were ours Ė and those of a cougar, whose tracks cut across the trail.

 

 

Water flowing under snow near Sprague Lake.

 

Videos

Ouzel Falls

Standing in the spray at Ouzel Falls

A cascade on the way to Ouzel Falls

Water and snow

A spring snowmelt cascade beside the trail

A spring in a light snowstorm