Elk mating season is over for 2013 and this big friend has staked out a spot in front of one of our cabins, River Castle 7. Each time we see one of these majestic creatures up close at the lodge we are reminded what a privilege it is to live in Estes Park.
GREAT NEWS! While Highway 36 between Estes Park and Lyons has been open for over a week now, today, Nov. 21, US Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park opens for travel--yeaaaaa! This makes the trip to Estes Park so much shorter for so many of our visitors. The workers from the private contractors, government agencies, and others have been stunning! What they have accomplished in two months is nothing short of a miracle. Hats off and a prayer of thanks to each of them!
Come stay at the lodge and enjoy the late Fall, early Winter activities---Thanksgiving, Catch the Glow Christmas Parade on 11/29 and enjoy part of the Christmas season in our spectacular mountain village. We are ready to welcome you!
Besides the elk rut and their resonating bugles, another sure sign that fall is approaching in the Rockies is the aspen gold.
Throughout the summer, thin, emerald green leaves sprout on slender white birch trees, or aspens. Just as the toasty summer air brings a bit of chill, those leaves transform into golden yellow and orange and shimmer in the autumn breezes.
At some point, the leaves give up their fight against the increasingly stronger winds. Those lucky enough to hike through Rocky Mountain National Park during this time might feel like they’re at a confetti-strewn party when the aspen leaves fall from the branches. Some may even swirl around Estes Park lodging grounds.
Every aspen grove has a different time when its color is on display and when the leaves scatter. The primary aspen gold season occurs from late August in the upper elevations to mid-October in the foothills and valleys. Visitors will notice the golden patches of color on the mountainsides. Unless