Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rooftop Rodeo Parade

July 6, 2016
10:30 AM


90 years ago, the Rooftop Rodeo was established here in Estes Park and has been a beloved fixture in the town ever since. It boasts world class, professional competition while retaining a great small town rodeo feel. Truly a wonderful time for families who have never been to a rodeo or seasoned veterans!

It always kicks off with the Rooftop Rodeo Parade that winds down Elkhorn Ave in the heart of Estes Park. Spectators line the streets and enjoy all the fun floats, local clubs and organizations, and impressive equestrian displays.

The parade lasts about 30 minutes and a great place to watch is on the south edge of Bond Park right downtown. You can grab some coffee beforehand, enjoy some shopping after the parade, and then grab lunch at one of the many places nearby.

Here are a few pics from the parade...

And here is a short video from this years parade:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer at McGregor Mountain Lodge!

Poppies exploding next to the Old Caretakers Cottage.

It's finally here! With the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year, yesterday, we are in full summer mode! The Spring season was one to remember with early snows, ample rain, and a literal explosion of wildflowers! The animals have been enjoying the greening of the flora and we've seen everything from elk, to deer, to bobcats, to moose, and now all of the babies joining the herds... This time of year is truly incredible! 

As summer gets underway, the snow continues to melt in the high country 'opening' the higher trails in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. World class hiking is right out your door! The tundra is coming alive for its brief appearance, and the small alpine wildflowers are already in bloom!

Around the lodge, our flowers are the centerpiece for the grand scenes all around us. We have such a huge variety of flowers blooming right now so figured I'd snap a few pics from my rounds of the property this morning. 

Many of the early spring bloomers have already gone to seed, but the summer blooms are kicking in and our landscape it dotted with beautiful and intense colors!

Enjoy the photos and subscribe to McGregor Mountain Blog... a lot more content coming soon!

Chalet Suites in the morning sun!

Wildflowers and a little fly

Old Caretakers Cottage

Bees on a Poppy

Annnnd, more Poppies!