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This guest blog was written by Rachel Balduzzi, Education Director for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy . As winter descends upon the mountains, the urge to get out and explore the snow covered Colorado landscape takes hold.  Some like to ski, some like to snowmobile, some like to ice skate, but for me a snowshoe trek through snow laden evergreens is not only peaceful but provides exercise, not to mention a brief respite from my... more

High Altitude Spiced Apple Turnovers

Posted on December 21, 2016 9:00 AM
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Food & Drink, Estes Park, Winter

Winter has finally made its way to Estes Park! With the glittering snow and twinkling lights on the trees in our beautiful Downtown, I can’t help but feel a little festive! The holidays are right around the corner and I kicked off my holiday season this year by decorating our tiny mountain cabin and whipping up a batch of these tasty Spiced Apple Turnovers! My definition of a perfect Saturday afternoon. Grab your pastry blender... more

The snowy season in Estes Park offers a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored! Not only does the scenery take on a whole new look, but there are no traffic jams to deal with and lodging & activities are much more affordable, allowing you to tack on another night to your stay! Trail Ridge Road may be closed at high elevations, but Estes is still easily accessible via two well-maintained highways. Highway 36 is a... more

Get to Know the Artist: Cowboy Brad Fitch

Posted on December 5, 2016 2:00 PM
Related Categories: Events & Festivals, Things To Do
Tags: Estes Park, Meet Our Locals, Music

Cowboy Brad Fitch is an Estes Park local who has made a name for himself as a singer/songwriter, performing concerts throughout the U.S. He specializes in original folk music, classic cowboy tunes and the songs of John Denver. Cowboy Brad is currently involved in three bands, a John Denver tribute band, a southern rock band and a band that plays most of his own compositions. He has had the pleasure of performing for the... more

Experience Festive Fridays

Posted on December 1, 2016 4:00 PM
Related Categories: Downtown Estes, Things To Do
Tags: Downtown, Estes Park, Events, Shopping, Food & Drink, Holidays, Winter

Every week leading up to Christmas, celebrate the season with holiday shopping in Estes Park during Festive Fridays! Enjoy special offers, live music and treats when you shop participating businesses. Not only is this a great opportunity to pick up the perfect gifts for your loved ones, it's also a fantastic way to shop local, supporting small businesses in Estes Park. Take a break between shops to view the... more

Special Christmas Menus in Estes Park

Posted on December 1, 2016 1:00 PM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Estes Park, Things to Do, Holidays

This is a list of restaurants in Estes Park offering special meals and menus to celebrate the holidays. Scroll to the bottom to find a list of restaurants opening their doors over the holiday weekend. Looking to ditch the kitchen and spend some quality time with family this Christmas? Let us do the cooking! Dine at one of these Estes Park restaurants for the special holiday. During your free-from-cooking-time, enjoy family fun or take... more

The lights are twinkling, the shopping has begun and the classic carols are serenading us back to the joys of childhood. It's the holiday season and whether you're having trouble getting in the mood or you are the type to revel in everything remotely festive this time of year, these ten recommendations are sure to tickle your mistletoe.  1. Shop 'Til You Drop A weekly holiday celebration,  Festive Fridays... more

From unique arts to sweet treats, from jaw-droppers to socking suffers, Estes Park has a widevariety of special gifts that are made right here in the Estes Valley! The festive lights are strung downtown, the shops have decorated their windows andthe entire village is buzzing with holiday spirit. But don't worry if you can't make it to Estes this year; many of these one-of-a-kind gifts are available online. Whether... more

High Altitude Cheesy Garlic Loaf

Posted on November 17, 2016 7:00 AM

Have you always wanted to try making yeast bread but it seems a bit scary? Maybe baking at 7,500 feet in elevation seems like a lofty goal?  Well, guess what! It’s national Bread Day! And I have a super-simple, garlic-y, cheesy, buttery loaf of deliciousness that is the perfect gateway dough into the world of yeast breads! This recipe is perfect for beginners or if you are in a pinch for time because there is no... more

Gain entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park free of charge this year! Mark your calendars for these entrance fee-free dates in 2017:  January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20 - President's Day April 15-16 & 22-23 - National Park Week Weekends August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30 - National Public Lands Day November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend Don't forget any fourth... more