Today, we're going back to the gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park. As I think I mentioned in a previous blog, we entered the park on June 25th from the north entrance (north and west of Estes Park). We first visited the Sheep Lake/Meadow area. Then we stopped at the Alluvial Fan area to hike to Horseshoe Falls... Our elevation here was 8.800 feet. This waterfall, believe it or not, is VERY high, probably about 1000 feet... BUT--from this area, we could only see about 300 feet of it total... Even that was awesome --especially for us waterfall lovers!
On July 15, 1982, Lawn Lake Dam (14 miles north of the national park) broke. This dam which flowed into Cascade Lake caused huge flooding in the park and also in the town of Estes Park nearby. Two hundred and twenty million gallons of water flowed south into that area. Three people died ---and this flood caused over 31 million dollars of damage to Estes Park.
After that flood, Horseshoe Falls was buried under rocks and mud. It is now a very steep waterfall, cascading down the scars of the flood.... Here are some of our pictures from Horseshoe Falls. The one above showed our view of the falls once we hiked to the little bridge crossing the falls... As I said, there is MUCH more of this waterfall above our vantage point.
Hope you enjoyed seeing our photos of Horseshoe Falls in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Have a glorious weekend and I'll see you on Monday.