Dragonflies of Summer at Lily Lake

Estes Park Lily Lake Dragonflies


It was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining.  There was a nice breeze that kept the weather from not being too hot, and we were able to see the beauty of Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park.  Hundreds of brilliant blue dragonflies were flying alongside us as we walked around the lake. There were so many of them that we couldn’t count. As we walked past them, the wind was blowing hard and they looked like tiny blue flags.  They were all holding on tightly to the grass along the banks of the lake, fluttering away, trying hard to hang on – and succeeding!

Driving Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake - West Side Delights

East Inlet Trail Sunset

Many folks hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, especially around Bear Lake, but one of my favorite places to hike on a summer evening is the East Inlet Trail.  Along the trail there are a variety of ecosystems, from aspen, sagebrush, lodgepole pine, as well as the wonderful wet meadows just a half mile above Adams Falls.  Often the largest bull moose I see all year are in this area.  So think about taking an afternoon drive across Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake for a nice dinner and then hike in the cool evening air on the East Inlet Trail.  There is something amazing about driving over Trail Ridge Road back to Estes Park after twilight and seeing the city lights of the Front Range show up as you head down from the tundra.  Sometimes a herd of elk may welcome you back while out for their evening dinner.  

Guest blog post by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  Find out about a guided tour through Rocky Mountain Nationl Park by visiting