Eat: All meals – Creekside Cafe (we ate breakfast and dinner there; they also provide sack lunches perfect for days spent hiking in the park)
Eat: Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse (49 beers on tap as well as unique pizza toppings such as elk and reindeer – need we say more?)
Do: Any shuttle bus ride into the park (we opted for an early morning ride to Eielson Visitor Center – 66 miles into the park – wonderful views of Mt. McKinley, weather permitting). Great wildlife viewing opportunities the entire trip. Note: Our bus driver Craig L. was a fantastic tour guide.
Do: Eielson Alpine Trail (1.6 miles; 1,100 ft elevation gain) and Savage Alpine Trail (4 miles; 1,500 ft gain). Both hikes are well worth the challenge for their spectacular vistas of the park).
See: Sled dog demonstration (3 times per day, free of charge). Meet the dogs and rangers who patrol the park in the winter.
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- 04.14.22 : Conditions weren’t ideal for night photography, but managed to get a few decent shots from the comfort of our our cabin deck.04.14.22 : Bits of sunshine highlighted Hallett Peak as we walked across frozen Bear Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park.04.14.22 : Looking across Moraine Park toward the continental divide from Bear Lake Road.04.14.22 : After three miles and 1,000 feet up through fresh snow, we reached Loch Vale. At first visibility was terrible, but as we spent some time around the lake the snow cleared just enough to reveal the surrounding mountains.04.14.22 : Lonesome hiker. Probably my favorite photo from the hike to Loch Vale. Approaching the lake, the winter trail follows the path of a frozen stream that lies somewhere below the snow.04.14.22 : Hiking to Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park. Some days you wish for clear blue skies and other times clouds and snow create the best views.