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The Road to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Monday July 31

It was another adventurous day of curvy and slow driving toward Estes Park—the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Here is where I really screwed up; we needed a minimum of 3 days at this location. I didn’t realize how much there would be to do, and the effort it takes to actually GET to Estes Park in your RV. Another ‘take it slow down the hills and manage your brakes wisely’ drive into one of the prettiest areas of our journey.

We arrived early afternoon to Elk Meadow RV… It was not a warm welcome.

I don’t want to be a Negative Nellie, but we were so used to the most friendly office staffs at every stop on this journey—that is, until we walked into Elk Meadow. The lady at the front desk was rude and I felt like I was entering juvenile jail. I’ll be honest, it put me in a bad mood quick. So, my first feeling toward Estes Park was “GET ME OUTTA HERE.”

They advertise a late check out for an extra $25 dollar fee. I forgot to ask about it when we checked in because I just wanted out of that office. The Geese arrived after us, so when they checked in, they asked for both of us. Emma was treated the same way during check-in. However, she was told that there was no way that we (Mike and I) could have the late check out, but they could. I elected to call and see if maybe I’d luck into another staff member answering the phone. Luckily, I did get ahold of a kind lady who said no problem and directed me to pay the fee when we pull out the following morning. (STAY TUNED for that later in this blog!)

Our evening consisted of cooking out and just relaxing at the campground. We had to get up early the next morning to take in ALL of Rocky Mountain National Park before 1pm!

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