Gloria Wadzinski

Gloria Wadzinski

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.

Paul Bunyan's Boot on the Gem Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike to Gem Lake and Balanced Rock in Rocky Mountain National Park

A moderate hike along Rocky Mountain National Park's Lumpy Ridge. You see unusual rock formations and a small lake with a beach.

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike to Alberta Falls and Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

At the summit of Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

3-Mile Trail to Deer Mountain Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

There are gorgeous views all the way along the trail and a 300-degree view as your reward for reaching the top.

Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

3 Waterfalls in 3 Miles on Ouzel Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Dinosaur skull on the Wall of Bones in Dinosaur National Monument

10 Best Things to Do at Dinosaur National Monument

Beyond dinosaur bones, there are spectacular sights and activities that attract adrenaline junkies and slow-paced leisure seekers alike.

Entrance sign to Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

Boy sledding on snow

Go Sledding at Hidden Valley Snow Play Area

Play in the snow among majestic peaks and forests at an old ski resort. Bring your sleds, saucers, and skis if you're willing to climb.

Colorado Springs Airport Terminal at dusk

Closest Airports to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Convenient airports include San Luis Valley (Alamosa), Colorado Springs and Denver. See maps and our vacation recommendations.

Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado

Closest Airports to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Convenient airports serving major airlines include Montrose, Grand Junction and Denver. See maps and our vacation recommendations.

Trail Ridge Road from Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road links Estes Park and Grand Lake and offers some of the best views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport

Closest Airports to Mesa Verde National Park

Convenient airports serving major airlines include Durango, Grand Junction, Albuquerque and Phoenix. See maps and recommendations.

Toadstools on Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Emerald Lake Trailhead in winter in Rocky Mountain National Park

First-time Snowshoeing Adventure

If you can walk, you can snowshoe. This adventure is easily done by all ages and abilities including families with young children.

Geocaching

Geocaching Across The Divide Through Rocky Mountain National Park

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

Woman looking over the tundra at Rocky Mountain National Park

No, You Can't Name a Colorado Peak That!

With 53 mountains that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation, Colorado has too many peaks to list. Not all of them are named.

Wildflower at Blue Lake in Colorado

Top 4 Rocky Mountain Wildflower Hikes

Here are a slew of wildflower-rich hikes to get you started this spring. Two in the national park and two nearby.

Snowshoeing in Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park

3 Wintertime Blunders in 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.