McGregor Mountain Blog

Fall has arrived!

September 12, 2012

Deer Mountain making a brief appearance this morning

Deer Mountain making a brief appearance this morning

Every September we see the tundra begin to turn crimson and gold as the aspen show signs of of their annual display. This year is no different, though it is happening a touch earlier than usual. The flanks of Deer Mountain across from the lodge are already dotted with gold as the aspens turn, and the high country has been threatened with the first snow of the season for the last 10 days or so.

This morning, after a night of steady rains down here in the Estes Valley, we awoke to glimpses of snow on the high peaks. In places it looked quite deep, but was hard to see as the low clouds have us socked in down here. It’s one of those rare days in Colorado where we don’t have the brilliant blue skies we are so famous for. But it’s kind of nice. A crisp morning, fresh snow on the peaks, and a fire crackling in the fireplace, all as the smell of turning leaves lace the cool breeze coming from the west.

Low clouds on this Autumn morning.

I managed to snap a couple of pics here at the lodge this morning, but this is something you just have to experience to appreciate!

Michael

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Fall in Estes Park!

August 30, 2012

A great little video highlighting all there is to do in Estes Park during the spectacular Fall season! This is one of our favorite times of year. The aspen start turning their fiery gold, the elk begin bugling that echoes through our high mountain valleys, and the cold begins to creep down the mountains causing smoke to rise, once again, from the chimneys in and around town. Enjoy!

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Bear with a sweet tooth!

August 7, 2012

We figured you all would love this video of a little black bear breaking into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory here in town! Enjoy!

 

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That’s right! How would you like a weekend in Estes?!?! We are partnering with Poppy’s Pizza and Mama Rose’s Italian to offer a free weekend in Estes Park. Over the weekend of August 17/18, get two nights of lodging here at McGregor, and all of your meals, included in this weekend getaway contest! All you need to do is get here!

Enjoy some of the National Park’s hundreds of miles of hiking trails then come ‘home’ to relax in your cabin as you look out at Deer Mountain right across the valley! To refuel, head over to Poppy’s or Mama Rose’s for a wonderful meal in downtown Estes Park!

All meals and two nights lodging are included… note that this is for two people. You’ll be staying in one of our Columbine Cottages (link), a wonderful cabin with spectacular panoramic views. It has a queen bed, jetted bathtub, fully equipped kitchen, and a wood burning fireplace. Take advantage of our video library and our close proximity to both the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park!

Check out these two great restaurants: Mama Rose’s & Poppy’s.

So, how do you enter? Just click on the following link and enter your information (you may have to like Poppy’s on facebook first): Click here for contest. And click here to ‘like’ Poppy’s!

 

Best of luck, and we hope to see you in August!!

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Final Fire Update

July 6, 2012

Great news all around! The High Park Fire has been 100% contained for days now and is no longer a large threat to anyone in the Ft Collins area, and certainly no threat to us here in Estes Park. The air quality is absolutely perfect, and we are now into our typical summer monsoon pattern – getting a good thunderstorm every afternoon with plenty of rain… I think our soil has now been damp 24 hrs a day for three or four days.

And there are NO fires in Estes Park. We are still getting calls and cancellations due to fire reasons, mainly due to sensationalized media reporting causing irrational fear in folks not in Colorado.

There is a danger of fires EVERY year in Colorado, and the west. Every year there is a destructive fire somewhere in the state, and this year is no different. It just happened to be drier and warmer causing fires to grow larger and faster than normal. But the only fire to truly effect us here in Estes was the Woodland Heights fire, a house fire that spread into some open space. It was under control within hours and contained the following day. Yes, it was devastating to those who lost homes, but Estes Park was not ‘burning’ like some media outlets were reporting.

We are still getting cancellations due to fire reasons, but I cannot say it any more plainly and honestly: There is no reason not to come to Colorado and/or Estes Park. I wish you could see the view from my window right now! (actually you can: WebCam) It’s about 65 degrees and perfectly clear as I write this. We just had a Mule Deer family stroll through and I can see guests heading out for a day of hiking and touring.

And a note on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs (3 hours south of us): As of last night it was 95% contained and they are expecting 100% containment today.

You can see the weather for the week here: Estes Park Weather

Larimer County Emergency Info: Up to date fire news. Click Here

Air Quality Reports: Click Here

We all truly hope that if you’re planning on coming or thinking about taking your vacation in Colorado and/or Estes Park that you don’t hesitate because of a fear of fires. There is no reason to stay away from these beautiful mountains. And if you think you’re too late to book for July and early August, in most years you’d be correct, but we have had cancellations so give us a call and see what we have left… We hope to see you soon!

Michael

oh… and check out the parks cams… http://www.nps.gov/romo/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

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