The Most Scenic Sunday Drive for Seniors in Colorado4 min read
Winter is coming, and for in home care residents in Colorado, activities can be limited. The harsh winter storms compounded with mountain roads mean that very little time can be spent exploring outdoors during the winter months. Luckily, the weather changes have been mild thus far, which means that driving trips (with frequent stops for pictures) are not out of the question. This week, we’re taking a peek scenic peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is only about an hour and a half away if you’re driving from the Denver area. Full of historic structures and bursting with stories, the park is first and foremost a conservation effort. Artifacts found within the park are on display in many of the visitor centers for viewing, and you can check out their digital collections by going to the “Preservation” page under the “History & Culture” tab on the Rocky Mountain National Park website.
What You’ll See
Throughout your drive, you’re likely to see multiples types of plants, birds, and other wildlife. Quaking aspen, ponderosa pine, and Colorado blue spruce trees make scenic backgrounds for any Christmas card, and the park is littered with them. Magpies, hawks, and jays are just a few of the over 200 types of birds visitors have reported seeing on the miles of trails. Wildlife you’re likely to see in the wintertime in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO include moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mule deer!
Research Winter Hours and Drive Safely
During the winter, many areas of the park are closed. Your best bet is to enter via the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center which is open from 9 am – 4:30 pm for winter hours. The Kawuneeche Visitor Center may be open, but visit their site and call beforehand as winter hours vary. Before you leave the house, make sure to check the forecast and choose a different day if inclement weather is expected. While driving through the park there are additions to the shoulder in place so cars can safely pull over to take pictures or look for wildlife with binoculars. Stopping anywhere other than these designated areas is hazardous to you and to other drivers, so make sure only to stop in the areas provided. Drive slow, especially in winter. Sharp curves sometimes appear, so the speed limit for most of the park is under 35 mph anyway. Make sure to have chains adequate to fit your vehicle tires before heading to the park.