9/21/16 (Wednesday) in Fort Collins, CO (Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground-$37/night (County of Larimer Dept of Natural Resources)
Since we were a good ways from the park, we took off before 8am. What with more construction on CR 38E, then the curves of Hwy 34, it was after 9 when we arrived at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
On the way we spotted a flicker (woodpecker) fly across the road. Lovely. Suggestions there: take the Trail Ridge Road and if you have time, visit the Bear Lake area, where there’s lots of hiking. As we were talking to the ranger, he got word that the parking lot there was already full (9:12am), so it seems the best way to go there is via the park shuttle. We really just had time to enjoy the Trail Ridge Road, which traverses an actual ridge of the Rockies for part of its route. Luckily this is also peak foliage time, something we hadn’t really thought about. I took lots of photos, naturally, but I’ll try to limit how many I post here.