Winter Wonderland in Rocky Mountain National Park
Ryan, Chase and I had originally planned to go to the Great Sand Dunes, but with a snow storm coming in a venture 4+ hours away didn’t sound like a great decision, especially if we had to weather a storm coming back in the Denver area. We decided to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park early and hopefully in the early part of the expected snow to get some pictures.
Reaching the trailhead, the snow was coming down at a slow steady pace. It made for some amazing Winter Wonderland, with snow accumulating on the trees making them look like large cotton balls. We went up the Storm Pass Trail and the scenes did not disappoint. By the time we turned around our tracks were covered looking like virgin snow trails.
After a short hike up Storm Pass trail, we headed over toward Moraine Park and saw some beautiful Mule Deer and Elk grazing in the snow. Since the roads were getting icy, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed down Big Thompson Canyon into Loveland and captured a few scenes along the Big Thompson River covered in snow.
Some times you just have to head out into the elements and embrace them. It was worth getting cold and wet and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. Here are the images from that day. Also check out My Blog for some images I captured on Ilford Delta 3200 film that day.
Hiking from the Storm Pass Trailhead
A snowy trek at Storm Pass Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park
The bridge leading across glacier creek
Chase and Ryan heading across the bridge
The trench throught the steep snow on the bridge across Glacier Creek
A layer of fresh snow covers the pine trees along the trail
The new virgin snow on the trail leading into the forest in Rocky Mountain National Park
Forging through the snow
Ryan forging a path through the snow.
The turnoff to Sprague Lake and Glacier Basin Campground
The snow covered Boulder Brook Trail
Trail through the deep snow
My snow adventure friends, Ryan and Chase.
Chase “Dancing in the Snow” on the trail.
Ryan setting up a shot as Chase covers his camera during a snow storm in Rocky Mountain National Park
Snow accumulates on the dead tree branches
Cotton balls of snow accumulate on the trees in Rocky Mountain National Park
Snow covered trees in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mule Deer grazing in the Snow
Mule Deer grazing on the vegetation during a snow storm.
Snow covers the nose of a Mule Deer during a storm in Rocky Moutain National Park
Mule Deer listening intently for predators.
A heard of elk grazing during a snow storm as a male buck hunkers down to stay warm.
The soft puffy snow at Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park.
A snow storm covers the rocks and the trees at Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain Natiional Park.
The snow covered trees and rocks at Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park
A snow storm at Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park
Big Thompson River
Snow covers the rocks along the Big Thompson River making them look like marshmallows.
Trees just out from the snowy walls along the Big Thompson Canyon
Pine Tree grows along the canyon walls near the banks of the Big Thompson River.