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A UNEEK Visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park



Last week we decided to take a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado, and what a day it was. From our home in Colorado Springs to Estes Park is a 3hour drive and was well worth the drive. Rocky Mountain National Park is great for not only sightseeing, but hiking and camping as well. It's a one time entry fee of $20 per vehicle and you can explore to your heart's content, just be sure that you have on the right pair of shoes. Sneakers or hiking boots are preferred and Madison, who had received the Keen Kids UNEEK wore a pair. These shoes are also available in adults and can transition from land to water with ease.





Rocky Mountain National Park is 415 square miles of awesomeness. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildlife, flora and fauna and don't forget lakes and waterfalls. We decided to start our drive up Trail Ridge Road, which goes up 12,000 feet and which overlooks spectacular mountain views. There are pull-offs where you can park, get out your vehicle and take photos. If you're afraid of heights, then you may not want to go to the top, but if you aren't, I recommend taking the drive. The views are amazing! The day we visited, it was a rather cloudy day so we didn't get the shots that we wanted and I'm thinking another trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park is in order. After making our way down from the mountain we decided to brave the hiking trails. We had seen the mountains, now we wanted to see a lake and if possible a waterfall. We decided to drive to Bear Lake and since Alberta Falls was only a mile away we managed to do both that day.



Bear Lake which is in the heart of the park, sits at an elevation of 9,450 feet, and rests beneath the sheer flanks of Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. Bear Lake Road is open year round and depending on weather conditions may be temporarily closed. The road leading to Bear Lake is 10 miles long and is close to the Beavers Meadows Entrance station. We passed it since we were trying to go to the top, but went there on our way back down. There is a parking lot close to the lake, and you can either get there using your own vehicle or by using the provided Rocky Mountain Visitors Shuttle which seemed to operate every 30 minutes.





There are park guides located throughout the park and you can get a plethora of information from them. The lake we found out was formed during the ice age by a glacier and you're able to do several trails easily from the lake. We decided on doing the hike to Alberta Falls, which was uneventful. While it was a mile from Bear Lake, it sure seemed so much further, maybe because we were all out of shape. It was, however an amazing workout. If you do get tired, there are rocks you can sit on for a break, which we absolutely did on our trek back. Don't give up however, because the hike is so worth it once you make it to Alberta Falls.





The Rocky Mountain National Park is home to a variety of wildlife. While in the higher alpine areas you may be able to find yellow-bellied marmots and pikas, you may also see black bears, moose, snowshoe hares, coyotes, elk, cougars, beavers, mule deer and even bighorn sheep. While I wished to see some wildlife on our way, we only saw a chipmunk who was not camera shy at all, and who stayed to pose for everyone, even following us so we could get more shots. There were also a few wildflowers on our way, but they are scattered so don't expect a field of lilies.







Alberta Falls was gorgeous and I'm happy that we decided to do it. However, I'm also sorry that we didn't do a few more of the trails, but we can always do that another day.  Alberta Falls is one of the more popular hiking destinations and the scenic 30-foot waterfall thunders down a small gorge on Glacier Creek. You can either stop to relax or you can continue from here if you're more adventurous to Mills Lake or The Loch.





On our way back down, we really took in the various streams running through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Madison even decided that she wanted to cross using stepping stones instead of walking across the man-made bridge. The various streams and the sounds sure make it a relaxing way to unwind, that's if you're not too tired. If you are, take a load off and stretch your legs and even put your feet in the water. It's pretty cold but feels oh so good.






When visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park, don't forget to wear comfortable shoes like the Keen UNEEK. These shoes are made to support like sneakers but feel like sandals. They are lightweight and easy to put on and take off, with a hook and loop strap on the side, making it easy to adjust for the right fit. When submerged in water, they dry easily as Madison experienced which was awesome. They are great for a full day of hiking or even a full day on the beach. Wherever you wear these, you will get numerous questions and compliments because they are just that cool!


For more information on the Rocky Mountain National Park, visit the National Park Service.

For more information on Keen and their UNEEK footwear, visit Keen Footwear.


Annmarie John
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  1. I was just in Copper Mountain and Vail earlier this year. We love Colorado and can't wait to ride the Harley back, soon! Your photos are absolutely beautiful, by the way.

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    1. Thank you Heather. I've never been to Copper Mountain but now that you mentioned it, I'll have to check it out.

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  2. I have never visited Rocky Mountain National Park but I would love to visit one day. It looks so beautiful! It definitely looks like you and Madison had a great time there.

    I had never heard of Keen Footwear before but their shoes looks great for outdoor activities like hiking. I love that they are easy to take on and off as well as the fact that they dry quickly when wet.

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    1. The Rocky Mountain National Park is the only National Park I've visited ever and would love to visit a few more. Keen Footwear has been around for a while but their UNEEK is awesome. I need me a pair!

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  3. I Must Make A Trip Here With The Family Looks Like You All Had Fun I Bet The Kids Will Love It Too!

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    1. Oh yes we all did and the kids especially loved it, well so did the adults.

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  4. What a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit! I LOVE your squirrel picture, too. ADORABLE. Looks like Madison had the perfect shoes for your adventure! Way to go UNEEK!

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    1. Oh her shoes were amazing. I wish that my shoes were as comfortable. Now I'm thinking I need one for my trip to Cali soon.

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  5. I love visiting National Parks. This one is gorgeous. I love that water, it's so clear and beautiful.

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    1. This is the only National Park we've ever visited and you're right, the water was clear and beautiful.

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  6. I know it's not New York but Colorado does have a charm all of it's own. Your photos are fantastic; some really great shots!

    And I love those shoes. Heck I would wear them if I were going...functional and cute; how can you go wrong?

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    1. Thank you Barb and yes it's definitely no New York but Colorado is surely growing on me. And I'm with you on those UNEEK's. I want a pair for myself.

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  7. It looks like you had a wonderful time at the park. We always love to visit beautiful parks like this. If we're ever in this area, I'll keep this place in mind for sure!

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    1. Oh we had an amazing time. I'm not so sure that you'll be "in the area" since the Rocky Mountain National Park is off the beaten path. You'd have to actually plan on going there.

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  8. I love visiting the national parks. It is one of the best things about visiting other states. It encourages me to want to take a family trip

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    1. This is the very first national park that I've visited and it was a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the others.

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  9. Those shoes look great! How fun that they can go in water as well! It makes them so versitale! I love it. Oh and what beautiful pictures you took! Amazing! I've been to Colorado Springs and recently my husband drove through the Rockies from the Utah side to Boulder....its so beauitful there. He did this in June and said the mountains still had snow on them!

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    1. Yes they sure are versatile. As for the Rockies you can see snow there. When I drive through the Springs I can see snow on some of the mountain tops and the Rockies are no exception. I'm just starting to love Colorado and can see the beauty that it is especially being a New Yorker.

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  10. Gorgeous photos!! Your visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park looks simply stunning--like right out of a travel magazine! Love it!

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    1. Thank you Cathy. We had an amazing time and so many photos that I couldn't even share them all. This has been the most photos I've ever shared in one post. :)

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  11. What a fun way to spend the day and get in some exercise while enjoying nature. I love visiting parks and such.

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    1. I'm all about visiting parks as well but this was our very first national park. Just be sure you have the right footgear on.

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  12. What a beautiful place to be! I would love to go and visit there someday with the family. Being outdoors feels so much better than couped in a house.

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    1. Oh yes it sure does feel a lot better to be outdoors unless outdoors is 100 degrees and more. :)

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  13. This looks like so much fun! I love trips like this because not only do you get some amazing pictures but it's a great memory for the little ones! Great post!

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    1. Thank you, yes Michele is it a fun and awesome memory to have for everyone.

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  14. Wow - these photos are really stunning! The scenery is amazing and makes nature look even better than imagined out there! What a fun trip!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Oh we had an absolute blast and plan on doing it again some time soon.

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  15. These shoes are as cute as she is and I would love to have a pair of these too. They look comfy and I will have to share this with my sister and my nieces for their kids. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. Yes they were very comfortable. Madison didn't complain one bit while wearing them and she wore them for hours. I say get yourself a pair too!

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  16. Oh wow!! What gorgeous photos!! I would love to be able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park one day!!

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    1. When you do, don't forget to wear comfortable shoes like the Keen UNEEK!

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  17. Such a gorgeous place. All of our national parks are wonderful places to visit and very reasonable. The shoes are adorable and so is your model!

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    1. Thank you Terri and you're right. The national parks are amazing, well at least the Rocky Mountain National Park is and I can't wait to visit again. As for the Keen UNEEK, they are perfect for the terrain.

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  18. Beautiful! I'd love to visit the rocky mountains in my lifetime. But thankfully we have mountains around here that'll do until then.

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    1. That works too! There are lots of them here and I need to explore more closer to home anyway.

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  19. Wow, that looks so beautiful. What an awesome experience. Would love to go there one day!

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    1. It was and if you can you should try it.

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  20. I've always wanted to go there. Looks like you guys had a blast. Love the wildlife.

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    1. Oh yes we had a great time there. You'll love it if you make it.

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  21. This place looks great! I'd love to visit there with my kids. It's beautiful and we could really use the bonding time.

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    1. I would say to make it if you can. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. We have been hiking in this mountain area several times - never gets old or stop being beautiful

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    1. That's awesome! It was our first time visiting and I loved it there too. It really is beautiful.

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  23. Oh wow, these shots are amazing, what a gorgeous place!! Would love to make it there one day. These shoes are so cute :)

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    1. Thank you Donna and it is gorgeous. The shoes are not only cute but comfortable too, perfect for hiking.

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  24. What a beautiful trip! We love keens, I haven't seen the UNEEK collection, but I will definitely look into them!

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    1. Oh the Keen UNEEK's are awesome and definitely worth looking into.

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  25. Looks like you guys had so much fun. I love taking kids to national parks and letting them play outside.

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    1. How many National Parks have you visited? I'm hoping to visit a few more.

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  26. Wow, these photos of the Rock Mountain National Park are just awesome! However, I must say that the true and unbelievable experience is to visit the park in person. It is breathtaking and you'll be in awe at every twist and turn this winding mountain has to offer. The water fall is relaxing and seems to offer a sense of serenity at the sight. Thanks to "Growing up Madison" her mom and the comfort wear of Keen UNEEK's my son and I were able to experience this incredible part of nature in all its ambiance and thrills it had to offer!
    Keen UNEEK has proven to not just be a comfort wear but it weathered the rough terrain and was able to transition from dry land to the many rivers and lakes through which we hiked, all whilst keeping the feet comfortable and dry within seconds when immerse in water. These features I so love, as my little cousin was able to keep up with the adults throughout the day without complaining about her feet hurt or feeling wet. It was as though she was bare feet through out! Oh, and did I mentioned that they are also supper light weight, an additional feature I'm sure mom's will love!

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    1. Thank you. We had an amazing time with you guys too. I think if you hadn't visited we might not have made it to the park. Madison sure did great in her UNEEK and I would highly recommend them to both kids and adults.

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  27. Nice shot of that chipmunk! While I am truly sorry you didn't see more animals. You know me - I'd be jonesing so badly to see moose! This place is on my dream list, along with all of CO!

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    1. Oh I most certainly know. I got to see him last week at the zoo. I may have a shot to share with you. You so have to come to CO to visit. :)

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  28. What an absolutely gorgeous place. Your photos are beautiful! Although, my favorite part is her shirt. Totally fabulous!

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    1. Thank you. Yes it was pretty awesome there. Thank you for stopping by.

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  29. I love your photos Annmarie!! I wish I could teleport to all the places you visit. I also adore Madison's shoes and I can tell you personally that she was SOOOOO comfortable! I know Gabby and I all always walking in comfort and it's always fun to be UNEEK!

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    1. Thank you Shirley and maybe one day you'll join us. Oh she was in absolute comfort, no complaints at all and I can tell you that we walked for hours.

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  30. These photos are absolutely breathtaking! I've never been to the Rocky Mountain National Park but I didn't realize it was so large. It seems like you could keep going back and continue to explore new areas.

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    1. Thank you Kiana, yes it is rather huge, maybe because it is one of the National Parks. I've never been to the others but I'm guessing they might be just as big.

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  31. Did you take those photos? How did you blur out the background I want to learn how to do that! I love the look of the park it is beautiful xx

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    1. Hi Ana, yes all photos were taken by me. I used a 50mm lens which automatically blurred out the background with closeup shots. I also used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera although I think it had more to do with the lens rather than the camera. :)

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  32. Looks like y'all had a very enjoyable hike through the Rocky Mountain trails. You photography skills are top notch. I enjoyed all the nature pics. Makes me want to go on a hike through the mountains real soon.

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    1. We truly did and those UNEEK's sure held up and did an amazing job. Thanks for the compliment about my photography skills but I would say it was the camera and not the photographer in this case. My camera skills totally is lacking. :)

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  33. We were there about 10 years ago. I got a bit lightheaded from the altitude. Love your photos, especially of the wildflowers.

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    1. Thank you Jenn. I didn't have a problem with the altitude but if you're from out of state that can happen. I did get it going to Pikes Peak however, oh my, it was not a good feeling at all.

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  34. I have a black and white photo with my mom, older sister and myself at the Rocky Mountains, ages ago. I have always wanted to go back because I was too young to remember anything about it. Your photos are amazing and I'm sure you had a memorable time.

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    1. Oh we had a great time and that's surely a photo you should cherish forever!

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  35. WOW! What a beautiful place! I would love to take a trip there! I also love the shoes your daughter is wearing!

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    1. Thank you Reesa and it's really beautiful there and the Keen UNEEK's were amazing. You can walk for hours like Madison did without a worry.

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  36. I was just in the rocky mountains for a yoga retreat. It was so incredibly beautiful. Early morning when the sun rises was an unforgettable sight.

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    1. Oh I would love to be there overnight, I can just imagine how beautiful it looks at sundown and sunrise.

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  37. I would love to be able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. It looks so beautiful and full of nature. I especially love the close up that you got of the squirrel!

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    1. Thank you. That Chipmunk was such a flirt. He was actually posing for the camera and maybe one day you'll be able to visit.

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  38. Wow! I love your photos of the park. I would love to take my family there once of these days.

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    1. And there's no reason why you can't just be sure you're wearing the right shoes.

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    1. We did have a great time. Thanks for visiting Janice.

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