Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth is a writer and editor who specializes in the outdoors, environment, health, food, culture, and science. Her work has appeared in Backpacker, Sunset, Grist, Organic Life, Women's Adventure, 5280 (Denver's city magazine), National Park Journal, and more. When she's not scaling peaks in pursuit of a story, Elisabeth loves cooking, paddling, cross-country skiing, and feeding her addiction to self-serve frozen yogurt.

Sunset at Yavapai Point in the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Grand Canyon to Rocky Mountain National Park Road Trip

See the Grand Canyon and Great Sand Dunes in one unforgettable trip and end in Estes Park outside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo.

Estes Park's Historic, Haunted Stanley Hotel

6-miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, it inspired, "The Shining." The owner invented the Stanley Steamer car. Stay in the hotel or take a ghost tour.

Bear Lake reflection at sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park

24-hours in Rocky Mountain National Park

We decided to spill one of our perfect days in Rocky Mountain National Park, just for you.

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Top Trailheads in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit these popular trailheads for unforgettable hikes and vistas.

Dream Lake in Winter at Rocky Mountain National Park

19 Things to Do in Winter in the Rocky Mountains

Of course you can ski, snowmobile and snowshoe. But have you seen the ice sculptures, tried ski biking, or skijoring? And don't miss the festivals.

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colo.

19 Best Colorado Events and Festivals plus the World's Largest Rodeo

Join the party with these events and festivals you don't want to miss on your Colorado National Park vacation.

Hiking Fern Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

10 Best Things to Do on a Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation

The park and the Estes Park and Grand Lake areas are a Things to Do Mecca! Here are our top picks including hiking, horseback riding and scenic drives.

Enos Mills at the 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park dedication in 1915

Enos Mills, Father of Rocky Mountain National Park

A chance encounter with conservationist John Muir on a California beach inspired Enos Mills to do for his beloved Rockies what Muir did for Yosemite.

Rafting in the Royal Gorge

Your Perfect 4-7 Days in Colorado's Rocky Mountains

The perfect vacation includes paddling on a lake, rafting on a river, playing cowboy, biking, fly fishing, and attending a baseball game.

Boy sitting in the mountains

10 Things to Do with Kids at Rocky Mountain National Park

Family vacation? Find fun for all ages with these kid-friendly activities in and around the park includes suggested hikes, horseback rides, and canoeing.

Feeland O Stanley and wife Flora Stanley in their Steamer Car

Freelan O. Stanley and His Haunted Hotel

Freelan Stanley opened his iconic Rocky Mountain hotel after a doctor recommend the mountain air to improve his tuberculosis.

Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service in 2016

The NPS Centennial isn’t just about celebrating an incredible past—it’s also a chance to look ahead to an even more incredible future.

Dylan Maddalena, Head Wrangler, YMCA Jackson Stables

Dream Jobs in Rocky Mountain National Park

What it is really like to live and work in RMNP? Peek inside the typical days of park rangers, stable managers, volunteers, and outdoor business owners.

2013 Flood in Jamestown, Colo.

Mountain Strong - Rebuilding After the Flood of 2013

Witness the rebuilding and rebirth of local communities and the landscape itself after the 100-year flood of 2013.

Saint Malos Chapel on the Rock in Allenspark, near Estes Park, Colo.

Rainy-Day Escapes near Rocky Mountain Park

Foul weather keeping you off the trails? Don’t hole up in a hotel: Hop in the car and head to one of the region’s top five indoor sights.