Cool off in wonderful environs around Grand Lake, Colorado.
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Byers Peak near Fraser, Colorado swathed in clouds. To the lower left is Lake Granby, brim full in June of 2015.
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Rocky Mountain National Park has visitors from around the world for its 100th birthday party.
The iconic mammals from Big Horn Sheep, to Goats, Elk, wolf*, bear and marmots .... watched over by eagles ...
everyone has stepped out, even the plants after vigorous rains to create a bouquet of wildlife for the centenary.
Scroll down for recent images and if you have a moment, enjoy the 3
minute druid walk into one of The Park's 100 unique folds and pockets.
I remember crossing Trail Ridge Road at night. I pulled over in a level
area, walked a bit out onto the soft tundra and laid down.
The stars of course were magnificent. I could hear footsteps, lots of
them, some from elk and some coyote crossing over in the starry
The iconic images of Rocky Mountain National Park are on full display.
Goats, sheep, elk, wolf or coyote going after marmots have all been seen
along the 12 miles of rolling tundra at the top of Trail Ridge Road.
With a quarter million acres of extremely varied land, there are
going to be some especially deep pockets, little Edens, where the
buzzing and humming of life has been going on since the last Ice Age.
Every mountain has many pockets. We hope you find yourself in one this
summer in celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park being 100 years
Rocky Mountain National Park was founded 100 years ago in 1915.
Grand Lake Village is about 8400' high (2570 meters).
The lake surface is kept at 8369'; homes a few miles away can be
several hundred feet higher.
Latitude = 40.25° North; Longitude = 105.85º West.
The best prognosticator of our weather is the serpentine Jet
A huge amount of moisture is carried in this lofty stream. When it
flows over Colorado, we get lots of rain and snow. Often a high
dome in Utah causes the jet stream to arch far to the north of
Our precipitation (if any) is then quick (with rain and rainbows)
concentrated around our higher ridges and peaks. Climate models
northern Colorado Mountains are remarkably uncertain. There is a
understood branch of the jet stream through Montana and
National Park in northern Wyoming. There is also a predictable
through Arizona and southern Colorado. We are between these
and in a very difficult to predict area. Our weather is often the
what is occurring in Denver and Boulder; media reports on Colorado
often quite misleading for Grand County.
For our high and rugged setting, our weather is remarkably sunny.
deep, verdant forests and enough snow in the winter to give Winter
Colorado the highest ten year average for snow among all of
resorts. How do we manage to sneak in enough rain and snow to fill
and water our forests and yet provide hundreds of beautiful days
skiing and snowmobiling? The key is our unique location on the
west slope of
the Continental Divide where it projects further to the east than
in North America. Arapaho Peak defines this eastern most