We’re continually waking up in the dead of night to make it out to Rocky Mountain National Park. Actually, as I’m writing this, we’re staying in a hotel out in Gunnison. We head out to Black Canyon National Park tomorrow, leaving around 4 am…I’ll catch up on sleep in the winter, don’t worry. We just want to see as much as we can before the weather gets too bad…

Today, though, I have Dream Lake prepared for you. This was another long trail for us that I’m breaking up into smaller posts, so over the next few weeks you’ll be getting cool shots of what is actually one hike.

Trail: Dream Lake, 2.2 mi round trip

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Estes Park, CO

Difficulty: Easy

Incline: 450 ft

Shade and Seating: Most of the trail is fairly shaded. No seating.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Parking: Minimal parking, must get there very early to get a spot.

Shuttle Service: Yes

Price: $25 for a day pass, $35 for 7 days

Like I said, we were there fairly early. Just in time to see the sun rise. On the way to Dream Lake, you also pass Nymph Lake. Unfortunately, for the time we were there, Nymph lake was far too dark, but I got some pictures on the way back…so we’ll see it in a later post (:

I honestly can’t get over the beautiful mountain views here. They’re so striking and in your face. It’s something you’d really have to experience for yourselves, because pictures could never do it justice.

And the leaves are slowly changing, so you get a good mix of some burnt oranges and greens.

Dream Lake is a very desirable location to visit. Sunrise at the lake is beautiful, and honestly really hard to capture. You’d just have to see it for yourself!

Walking around the lake is a must. It’s spectacular from every angle.

photo cred: Kyle


Dream Lake is getting fairly chilly and windy, especially this time of year. But it’s a short hike, and completely worth it if you want to brave the cold weather!


Mary Jane xx

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