Estes Park, CO
Estes Park is an idyllic mountain
town surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National
Forest. Estes is a getaway that is just right for restoring peace to your
soul, and whether you are an outdoors enthusiast or prefer the amenities of town
life, you'll find it all here. The pristine mountain views, rushing
rivers and unlimited trails have drawn people from around the world to make
their home in Estes. Visitors and residents enjoy strolling along Lake
Estes or quiet adventures within the Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky
Mountain National Park. From campfire talks to scenic putting greens, the
town of Estes Park provides everything for a full, family-friendly experience.
Founded by Joel Estes in 1859, Estes
Park became known as resort area as people saw the stunning landscape of the
valley. Soon cabins, dude ranches and hotels were common in Estes Park with
visitors enjoying scenic drives, snowcapped mountains and other leisure
activities. With the opening of the first resort, the Estes Park Hotel, and
later the Stanley Hotel, the area prevailed as a vacation hot spot. Estes
was dubbed "the Gem of the Mountains" and is still as beautiful today
as it was in the 19th Century.
Parks and Recreation
Estes Park is the East portal to Rocky Mountain National Park, with access to Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States. The park offers hiking, camping and climbing with breathtaking scenery which can be explored on foot or by car. The park is home to numerous types of wildlife, including Elk, Moose, Deer, Bears, Bobcats and Mountain Lions. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded within the park, making it a birders paradise. There is Bond Park located in the center of town, a dog park where your furry friend can play, and off-road adventures in Roosevelt National Forest just minutes from Estes Park. Additional recreational opportunities within the vicinity of Estes Park include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, climbing, boating, and snowshoeing, to name a few. The YMCA of the Rockies plans unique experiences and camps, and Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers summer programs for kids and adults alike.
Activities and Attractions
Estes Park delivers a complete spectrum of attractions to suit the young, and the young at heart. Enjoy fishing at over 150 lakes or try fly fishing along the river, golf at one of two courses in town, take the kids to play mini golf or rent a boat, kayak or bicycle to get another perspective of Lake Estes. If you need some pampering you'll find spas, salons and unique shops to explore throughout town. Experience the beauty of Estes on horseback with equestrian trails at the Sombrero Ranch, the National Park Gateway Stables and the Cowpoke Corner Corral which offer family friendly adventures. Other amazing attractions near Estes Park include the Aerial Tram, Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminar Center, the Estes Park Memorial Observatory and the Baldpate Inn and Museum.
Estes Park hosts year-round events that deliver exceptional activities for everyone in the family. Many attend events such as the Estes Park Winter Festival, the Memorial Day Weekend Antique Show and Art Market, free summer concert series, and the Annual Estes Park Marathon. Other events include the Taste of Estes, the Annual Stanley Film Festival, the Scottish Irish Highland Festival, Rooftop Rodeo, Elk Fest, Autumn Gold Fest and the Catch the Glow Holiday Parade.