Estes Park is a favorite destination for many reasons. The drive takes you through a scenic canyon with high, rocky walls and rugged landscape that fringe the Big Thompson River that cuts through it. Estes Park marks the eastern entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park which affords endless hiking, picnicking, photo, and sightseeing opportunities.
This weekend we traveled to an area southwest of Colorado Springs and camped at the Mountaindale Campground . This is a great little campground with friendly staff that is in the foothills away from the highway, but very easy to get to.