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Get to Know the Artist: Cecy Turner

Posted on September 30, 2016 8:32 AM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Estes Park News, Downtown Estes
Tags: Estes Park, The Arts, Meet Our Locals

Local artist Cecy Turner has made a career in plein air, oil and watercolor painting. A member of numerous art societies, and recipient of many awards, Cecy is recognized for her wonderful Rocky Mountain creations. Read Cecy's profile below, and find out more on her website  and blog . Artist Q & A: Age:  69 Art form? Oils and watercolors How long have you lived in Estes Park? We've had a house here... more

Estes on the Rocks: Campfire Cocktail

Posted on September 16, 2016 3:30 PM by Visit Estes Park
Tags: Summer, Estes Park

Fall doesn't officially start until September 22nd so you still have a few nights left to enjoy a refreshing summer drink by the fire. Here's recipe courtesy of Estes Park Resort for a delightful cocktail to sip on next to the campfire: Pomegranate Mojito One Pure Sugar Cube. Fresh Mint Ice Two Sliced Limes 1.5oz of Rum 1.5 of Pomegranate Liqueur Club Soda Sprite Garnish with Mint and Lime   See how The... more

A few years ago the mayor of Estes Park officially decreed the month of October to be known as 'Elktober'. This may seem strange to outsiders, but residents and frequent visitors know that the hundreds of elk that call this area home are a very special part of our local culture. Those who are even more in the know understand that autumn is the perfect time of year to honor and celebrate these majestic creatures, for this is... more

Every year my parents host (along with two other couples) their grandkids for something they call 'Gramp'. They plan activities, outings and games for the kids over a long weekend. Sounds amazing, and it is, but not everyone can possibly contrive such an involved event. For those who want to have that incredible bonding experience, but without the stress of hosting, a grandparent vacation may be just the trick. ... more

Get off the road this autumn to take in the brilliant colors of the fall leaves in Estes Park. From epic endeavors to leisurely explorations, there are so many different ways to take your leaf-peeping beyond the scenic drives. Read on for our local recommendations on the 8 best ways to get off the road and find hidden stashes of fall foliage in Estes Park, Colorado! 1. Biking the Trails Start pedaling! Mountain biking , whether... more

September 30th is the start of Vintage Market Days a biannual, three day, bohemian chic event in Estes Park, and who needs a better excuse to gather up your besties and head for the hills? Not me. While I have the privilege of living in Estes Park, I'm always looking for reasons to entice my friends and family to visit. This event is just what we've been waiting for and it the perfect way to get a jump on my... more

Pitches and Pints: Dustin Dyer

Posted on August 22, 2016 10:10 AM
Tags: Climbing, Estes Park, Meet Our Locals

Name : Dustin Dyer Years Climbing : 13 years Favorite Estes Park climb : Romulan Territory, Class: 5.10b* Brief description of the climb : Classic Lumpy Ridge layback* madness! Full value sandbag* on this one, it will feel stout for 10b. Going up the steepest stretch of the Bookmark (a section of Lumpy Ridge), this climb is visible for miles around once you know where it is. Years ago, long before I climbed it,... more

Mild to Wild: Camp Coffee

Posted on July 26, 2016 11:39 AM
Tags: Camping

Behind every great backcountry adventure there’s a substantial amount of coffee. Check out three ways we make backcountry coffee from mild to wild:   Camp Café -  French Press Items needed: Pot, stove, water, 2 table spoons of freshly ground coffee, camping specific French Press.   Steep Spot- Pour Over Items needed: Pot, stove, water, 2 table spoons of freshly ground coffee, reusable pour over.   Brew... more

Meteor Shower Viewing Tips

Posted on July 15, 2016 3:54 PM
Related Categories: Outdoor Adventure, Things To Do
Tags: Summer, Views, Things to Do

What The Perseid Meteor shower is an annual astronomical affair. It occurs when the Earth's orbit passes through the trail left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris left in this comet's trail is burned up as it enters Earth's atmosphere, causing the brilliant display. Earth passes through the debris trail from July 17th to August 24th, with the peak of the shower being on August 12th. This year is an outburst year... more

Top 10 Trails for Leaf Peeping

Posted on July 15, 2016 2:24 PM
Tags: Fall, Hiking, Views

Autumn in the Estes Valley is a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures, the elk rut, and of course, fall colors. These brilliant leaves can add a new dynamic to an already wonderful hike. Gem Lake – Lumpy Ridge Trailhead - 3.5 mi round trip Not only does the Gem Lake trail offer a path through the aspen groves, it also gives a panoramic view at the Estes Park Lookout over the entire valley and Longs Peak. Bierstadt Lake... more