National park enthusiast, Gloria Wadzinski writes, photographs and shoots video to encourage travelers to try something new. A planner at heart, Gloria likes to be prepared for adventures so she helps other travelers by thoroughly documenting hikes, road trips and destinations, including everything they need to know to forge out safely and not miss a thing.
Gloria earned a BS in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and because life is change, added additional degrees and certificates from Western Iowa Tech, Front Range Community College and the Art Institute of Denver. Over a 40-year career, Gloria has won national accolades including CUES Golden Mirror Awards for a children's educational program and graphic design projects, and most recently a Folio Digital Award for the relaunch of a website about the national parks of Colorado.
What is Gloria's favorite national park? The last one she visited, so the answer changes several times a year.
A moderate hike along Rocky Mountain National Park's Lumpy Ridge. You see unusual rock formations and a small lake with a beach.
Hike 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead to stroll past this waterfall and two lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Alberta Falls is only 0.8 miles in.
There are gorgeous views all the way along the trail and a 300-degree view as your reward for reaching the top.
This easy 2.7 mile hike passes by three named waterfalls and numerous smaller cascades and trickles along North St. Vrain Creek. Enter RMNP at the Wild Basin Entrance south of Estes Park.
Beyond dinosaur bones, there are spectacular sights and activities that attract adrenaline junkies and slow-paced leisure seekers alike.
The 9.4-mile gravel, one-way road leads cars along the steep slope of Mount Chapin's south face past waterfalls, pine forests, and Fall River Pass
Convenient airports include San Luis Valley (Alamosa), Colorado Springs and Denver. See maps and our vacation recommendations.
Convenient airports serving major airlines include Montrose, Grand Junction and Denver. See maps and our vacation recommendations.
Trail Ridge Road links Estes Park and Grand Lake and offers some of the best views of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Convenient airports serving major airlines include Durango, Grand Junction, Albuquerque and Phoenix. See maps and recommendations.
Hands down the most beautiful trail with the ugliest name. If the views don't take your breath away on this 1-mile round-trip hike, the elevation and incline will.
Learn about the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future while experiencing the "Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder" of Estes Park, Grand Lake, and Rocky Mountain National Park
On a winter trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, I thought I was well prepared. But the snowshoe adventure was an education.