Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park~ July 9, 2010
OK~ I just returned from a really quick, but fun trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Yesterday was an absolute perfect day for hiking! The most frustrating part of getting into the park was the entrance gates. Now, this is not the first time we have visited this national park, or any other one. Some helpful advice I would like to give to those of you contemplating visiting a national park.
- When you approach the entrance gates, there is a fee and more than likely a growing line of vehicles behind you. The people in these toll booths are, in our eyes (hubby and I) a little too knowledgeable.
People~The visitor center is staffed with extremely helpful people to answer your questions. Please, do not hold up the entrance lines with questions such as, "Oh, there is a fee?" "Could you show me on a map how to get to Camp Site "A" in the back country?" Yes, we heard and seen it all! The people that worked in these entrance booths obliged and assisted park visitors- maps were brought out, papers were exchanged, and the list continues......
National parks have spent a lot of money on beautiful aesthetic visitor centers, and have spent some money staffing them with people that know their stuff. If people would use these centers for these purposes, the process of entering our national parks would be much more pleasant for everyone involved.
We were not on a tight schedule, but we could see the tension building in several park visitors around us. And yes, I did notice these people had their money or returning park pass in their hands. Use some common sense when approaching the entrance gates at our national parks. If you really have no clue as to what the fees are and have questions that need answers, utilize the visitor center~ our U.S. Government has spent our tax dollars, so we might as well use 'em!
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