|Estes Park Here We Come!|
In May of 2012 our first Workamper job took us to beautiful Estes Park, Colorado! I remember driving into town and seeing the view in the picture above - I think I actually screamed out loud! I was just giddy and couldn't believe this was actually happening! We had visited Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park before and had always thought how amazing it would be to live there. So this would be the perfect spot to start our new adventure!
|That is our white pickup in the middle of the picture and the camper is behind there.|
Our job in Estes Park was at Rockmount Cottages cleaning cabins, office work and maintenance. Rockmount Cottages is just one mile from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and just two miles from the village of Estes Park. There are 20 beautiful cabins in an amazing setting with lots of trees, the Big Thompson River running through it, and an abundance of wildlife roaming around. Very peaceful! Our camper was set on a cement pad with electricity, water and sewer near by. The laundry was also near by and was free. Woohoo! (Its the little things that matter!) Our camper was parked on the edge of the cottages with an open field beside us and a great view of many mountains including Long's Peak. The first thing you notice in this area is the wildlife. The elk, bears, hummingbirds, beavers, mountain lions, birds, all were amazing to watch and experience. We woke up to amazing views every day!
Ken and Carol were the managers at that time and they welcomed us as if we were family! They lived on the property in a home that was attached to the office. They made sure we were well trained and often served us lunch and snacks during the work day. We started about 8 a.m. and usually were done with cleaning by about 2 or 3. Some days we worked longer in the office, doing maintenance projects, or relieved Ken and Carol when they got a well deserved day off. We met other staff and friends there - Sheri, Jim, Jon, Edgar, Ray, Shirley, Holly, Jason - and they were all equally welcoming and a lot of fun to hang out with! We made some great memories! It was easy to see why so many guests return there year after year! The grounds around the cabins were always very well kept and beautiful with hanging baskets of flowers and hummingbird feeders. As you can see sometimes the elk liked the flowers a little too much!
There is so much to see in the Rocky Mountain National Park! We obtained an Annual Park Pass so that we could go in as often as possible. Since it was only a mile away there were many days we jumped in the car after work and took a drive or a short hike.
Be sure to drive up Trail Ridge Road - the Highway to the Sky! There are wildflowers, lakes, hiking trails, elk and other wildlife like you have never seen before! It has spectacular views that take you up to 12,183 feet - well above the tree line! It is hard to describe, or even see in the photos, exactly the look and the feel of the Park. You really need to experience it for yourself!
In the summer of 2013 the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park experienced a devastating flood which took out some of the roads and hiking trails in RMNP and Estes Park. Check their websites for information on the roads and trails that are now open.
|This is at the Alluvial Fan, which is no longer there because of the 2013 flood.|
The town of Estes Park is also very charming and you will find everything you need to have a great stay whether it is for workamping or a short vacation. There are great restaurants of every kind, lodging for every budget, and lots of specialty shops. Also the beautiful downtown area features a Riverwalk which follows the river all along the back of many shops. There is always some type of concert, festival or cowboy sing along going on for great entertainment! One of the main "don't miss" events in Estes is the Rocky Mountain Opry! Great music and comedy for everyone!
|The Elktones - we were able to hear Cowboy Brad sing on many occasions|
It is such a blessing in our lives when our family is able to come visit a location we are working! It is always hard to be away from family for an extended period of time, but if you are lucky they will want to visit you in the great locations you are working. In Estes Park, we were very fortunate to be able to share our excitement of our workamping location with many family members.
|My Mom - She has visited almost every location we have been so far!|
|We were in awe at God's Beautiful Creation!|
There are so many great drives, hikes, and lakes to see in the area it is hard to mention them all here! At some point I will add more specific details of locations, etc. on the hikes and drives we took in this amazing setting. Feel free to COMMENT and ask questions if you like! This is a perfect place to have a workamping adventure! You need at least 6 months to experience it all and we will definitely go back there again to work someday.
And did I mention the Aspen trees in the fall?!? Ah-maz-ing!