Drive up Old Fall River Road to the Alpine Visitors Center. (Be sure to stop at Chasm Falls on the way up.) Continue over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake.
Take a short hike up the East Inlet Trail to Adams Falls. If time permits, continue to the large meadow beyond the falls.
Explore Grand Lake - time for a snack and some shopping.
While on the West Side, be sure to be on the lookout for moose.
Return to Estes Park by way of Trail Ridge Road, checking out the views at Rock Cut, Forest Canyon Overlook, Rainbow Curve and Many Parks Curve.
Hike from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake via Nymph Lake and Dream Lake. If time allows, on the way back take the trail that branches off at the outlet of Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha. Either backtrack to the Emerald Lake Trail or continue on the unimproved trail that leads to Glacier Gorge.
Explore the Wild Basin area. Hike up the Wild Basin Trail to Ouzel Falls. Not ready to turn around? Continue to Thunder Lake or Ouzel Lake.
On the drive back, visit St. Catherine's Chapel at St. Malo Retreat - a beautiful stone building in a stunning setting. Also be sure to stop at Lily Lake and stroll around it.
Photo by Dixie C. Manning
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