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... of elk on the other side. There were probably at least fifty of them. Most notable was an old bull elk with a huge rack of antlers and a very thick neck. Some of the herd were lying down but soon most of the herd began moving further away. Eventually all of them moved across the road, the bull elk bringing up the rear. It is the beginning of the rut and as we walked back to the car we heard a bull bugle, and it does sound like a bugle.
... which continued to be a very interesting, steep and picturesque walk.. emerald lake was bitter though the wind chill was amazing we only stayed a few minutes and hurried back to sun drenched rocks back along the path for a snack..
the walk back was much easier down hill..!!.. as we enjoyed again the amazing views across valleys and mountains covered in pine trees with a beautiful blue sky backdrop...what a super day we all said how much we enjoyed it..
... up on the tundra gathering grasses.
We checked into Murphy’s River Lodge and it was late…after 7:30. Our room…117 is on the corner by the road, 2 queen beds and is very large. My complaints would be that the shower curtain is too short so water gets everywhere. There is no place to put toiletries but I suppose if it was an issue they could go under the sink. The hot water was more warm than hot and ...
Collected hire car from Hertz and safely negotiated driving on the right (wrong) side of the road to return to the hotel.
Headed off for Boulder around 9:30am and stopped in for supplies at Wholefoods - great shop for all manner of food shopping, including meals and snacks. Then cruised the Pearl Street mall full of interesting shop and more than a few interesting characters, ...
... one-way, and I’m surprised how many people are bringing small children. The path is rocky and rooty. I have to look at my feet a lot to avoid tripping. It means I can’t enjoy the scenery as much, but also means that I can avoid stepping on ants and beetles. When I do look up, I am amazed at how much like a picture postcard it looks, with the snow-capped peaks visible in the distance behind the trees. Then I think about how much of my experience is shaped by all these images ...
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Had a great 2 night stay at the Woodlands.
We had a 1 bedroom condo on the top floor. The condo was very well funished. Furniture was clean and high quality. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to cook and eat. The condo had lots of books and magazines in the living room. The fireplace was great. They even drop off wood for you. The condo is not what I would consider luxurious but it is very nicely furnished. It was the perfect size for two people but if we had kids or another person, we would need the two bedroom because it would have been crowded.
The top floor units back up direcly to the the parking lot which is convenient. The bottom units are accessed via a sidewalk along the river so a little more walking is required. All units had a view of the river. There is a road on the other side of the river, so it is not total solitude, but we were not bothered by the traffic (there wasn't much). The location is great. Not too far from Estes Park and very close to RMNP. This is a great launching point for a mountain vacation. The staff was very friendly and had lots of books, movies, and advice to lend. The only negatives I can think of is that the office has short hours so if you are checking in or out early or late, you won't have any one there to talk to. They do have an emergency number if you need something. Also, you have to call during business hours to make reservations. They were very friendly and the prices seemed very good for the area.
Estes Park is a very nice town. When we were there in early October ,it seemed as though they were getting ready for winter but everything was still open. The shops were nice and there are lots of dining options. A very laid back town thats not too snobby or cheesy and over done. The hiking and scenery in RMNP is spectacular. Lots of wildlife and beautful views. Trails for every level of expertise. This is a great place to go on vacation. I would recommend at least 3 nights.
Home away from home!
We have stayed at The Woodlands each time we have gone to Estes Park and would not think of staying anywhere else. It is like going where you feel so welcome whether it is your first visit or one of many. The suites are so clean and well equipped. We love the fireplace and gas grill right outside the front door along with relaxing benches to sit and read right beside Fall River. The whole property is beautiful and so well kept from the flowers to the hot tub and wonderful new laundry room. Is a comfortable bed at the top of your list? You will have it here! We can't say enough great things about the staff from the owners to the manager, the cleaning crew, and everyone who works there.
Thanks to all of you for always making our stay so enjoyable!!!!
We chose this hotel based on the other TripAdvisor comments and found it to be fantastic. Very nice and clean suites with a wood burning fireplace that made it very cosy. We, too, had an Elk right outside our room late one afternoon. This isn't so surprising as the national Park is just up the road two miles.
The only problem is getting used to the thin air at 7500 feet!
Heaven on earth ~ Clean Clean Clean
What a gorgeous setting, right on the river, with the mountains surrounding. An Elk walked right past our unit in the morning. The buildings house 4 condo style units each. Living, dining, kitchen combo, full bath and large bedroom with king bed. Fully equiped kitchen. Deck or patio overlooking the water. Hot Tub outside. Fireplace in each room, each day a supply of wood is dropped at your door. There are not may places we recommend or feel that we would stay again but this place is #1 all around. AND only 2 miles from the Rocky Mountain National Park on the approach road.
The only place to stay in Estes Park
What a wonderful place to stay. Just on the outskirts of town it is quiet. The chalet is very spacious and extremely clean. Full kitchen and BBQ too. Kids are taken care of with a wide selection of DVD's to borrow. Lovely livingroom area with fireplace and private patio or deck. Will definitely go back.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Woodlands. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the location is great for exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park and nearby towns. There are only 16 suites and you don't feel like you're surrounded by too many people. The suite was charming and the kitchen was very well kitted-out with everything you need. The woodburning fire was great and logs were provided daily. A very relaxing and enjoyable place to stay.
This was our first trip to Estes Park and the Woodlands was super. The rooms were clean, the staff was helpful..it was quite..lots of extras. A small christmas tree and lights on the mantel gave us a home away from home atmosphere..we would definetly stay again. The off season price was great too!!
Great Stay at The Woodlands
We stayed at The Woodlands on several occasions years ago, and our recent stay was great also. Their condos are huge (larger than some apartments I've seen), the kitchens have about everything you could want, and the staff was very nice. We would highly recommend The Woodlands!
One of the Best Places to Stay in Estes Park
My husband and I just returned from our fifth annual October long weekend visit to Estes and the Woodlands. For the first time, the weather was too cold and rainy to venture into the park for a hike. We stayed inside by the fireplace all day and were really glad we were at a place as nice as the Woodlands to spend our time!
The Woodlands is a fairly new condo-like lodge with 16 one- and two-bedroom suites. The units are immaculately clean and modern. They are all equipped with a fully-stocked full-size kitchen, wood fireplace, balcony or patio, gas grill, and TV/VCR/DVD (a large selection of free movies are available at the front desk!). There is a small outdoor hot tub near the front desk, although I've seldom seen many guests using it. A small bundle of wood is provided upon check-in, with additional bundles available at the front desk for $2.50. I would advise stocking up because it burns quickly and there's nothing like a wood fire to provide the perfect ambiance for a relaxing evening!
One of the best reasons for staying at the Woodlands is its beautiful location, right above the swiftly flowing Fall River. Guests can walk along the river's edge immediately in front of the buildings; in the fall, it is particularly scenic, bordered by many golden aspen trees. It is also convenient to the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and a few miles away from downtown Estes Park.
I found the rates to be very competitive, especially for all the amenities provided; the rates vary according to season, with summertime being the most expensive. It is a quiet, peaceful, beautiful location to relax near the park, highly recommended for your next visit to Estes!
Just spent one night at the Woodlands,passing through the Rockies and Estes park,should have stayed longer.We stayed in a 2 bedroomed suite ( 1 bedroom also available )This place was gorgeous,right overlooking the river,the suite itself was spotless,really big with a balcony,( some lower suites had a patio )There were nice little homely touches to the place and the manageress Betsy was lovely. Highly recommended and would go back there in a shot.