Hiking in the Rocky Mountains | Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado is one of my favorite places. The Rocky Mountains especially. Growing up, my family’s favorite vacation was a road trip from California to Colorado. Once I married Austin, I looked forward to the day when I could share those memories with him and create new ones of our own. For Labor Day weekend, we were able to take a road trip from Omaha to Colorado and spend the weekend with friends in Colorado Springs; exploring Denver together and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

On the day we spend in the Rocky Mountains, we hiked to Bierstadt Lake and then onward to Bear Lake. We hiked the trail backwards rather than hike in the direction that was recommended (which meant uphill rather than downhill) but we didn’t mind. The day was gorgeous, the skies were clear, and the weather was perfect.

We were ready to spend the day in the mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Our total trek ended up being about six miles hiking with wading barefoot in the icy clear waters of Bear Lake at the end. My camera started acting terribly persnickety towards the end of the hike (seriously folks, don’t take auto focus for granted – you don’t realize how awesome it is until you have to use manual focus for every shot) But I still somehow managed to collect some snapshots of favorite memories from our time in the Rocky Mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park

If there is anything more peaceful than spending time in the mountains, I’ve yet to find it. The only thing that rivals it is a long walk along a quiet beach.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
-Psalm 90:2

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Have you ever been to the Rocky Mountains?

Where’s your favorite place to hike? I’d love to hear about it!

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  • Oh my gosh, those photos are breathtaking!! We visited a place called Plitvice in Croatia and that’s the best hiking experience I’ve ever been on!

  • Emily K

    Wow, that looks like a fantastic hike. I’ve yet to visit Colorado but it’s definitely on my adventure list. Glad y’all were able to do some adventuring and exploring over the long weekend!

  • Rachel Golden

    These pictures look gorgeous! When I visited my boyfriends parent’s for the first time, he and I went on a hike near his house and the woods were so beautiful and calm. I would love to go again. Your hike looks absolutely spectacular. I’ve always wanted to visit Colorado 🙂

  • Candy Kage

    Drop dead beautiful place to go hiking and spend the day. Beautiful photos.

  • Carrie R

    What an absolutely gorgeous place to go hiking! 🙂 I have only hiked in Colorado once before- at Red Rock Canyon close to Colorado Springs. It was beautiful there as well.

  • Meileilan

    Beautiful!!!! I can’t wait to see this place someday. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • I’ve never been to the Rocky’s but we have friends in Colorado and I keep meaning to plan a trip there. We’ve actually scheduled it like 2 – 3 times but haven’t actually made it yet. One day…

  • Beautiful photos! I have a friend who lived in Colorado Springs for a semester (she was in the Coast Guard Academy and they have an exchange program with the Air Force Academy). I went to visit her and absolutely loved it there!

  • Lorrin Sell

    WOW!! such beautiful pictures! i would love to visit sometime!

  • These photos are gorgeous!! I cannot even imagine how pretty the views must have been in person.
    Kelsey
    http://www.thepeacockroost.com

  • We vacationed in Colorado this Summer, but we didn’t go on any hikes (which is usual for us). We will have to go back again next Summer! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • This is stunning!!! I was in Colorado briefly with my family many years ago when I was younger and I would LOVE to go back. These photos are beautiful and that day is to die for!

  • David Haymond

    My family has backpacked in Colorado at a summer camp that Dad worked at when he was young. I love the Rocky Mountains!