Elktober – Estes Park’s annual celebration of all things elk-related – is right around the corner. Centered on Elk Fest (Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017), visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of elk mating season, along with bugling competitions, the area’s finest food trucks, live music and much more. But before you come up for Elktober, we have to ask: how much do you really know about these... more
Tyler Wilcox is a Longmont, CO-based writer and editor whose byline has appeared in such publications as The Onion AV Club, Pitchfork, 5280 and The Boulder Weekly, among many others. Tyler loves exploring all that the great state of Colorado has to offer, from hiking trails to hot springs to craft breweries.
When the sun goes down in Estes Park, the sky lights up. Up here, away from the light pollution of big cities, you can experience the incomparable beauty of the heavens in crystal clear fashion. Estes Park is one of the best places for stargazing in all of Colorado. Just look up. Estes Park Memorial Observatory 1500 Manford Ave. As you descend into the Estes Valley on Highway 36, you may notice a brilliant white dome looming across... more
In his 53 rd year, F.O. Stanley, co-creator of the Stanley Steamer, got some bad news. The worst news, really. Stanley learned that he had chronic tuberculosis and had just one year to live … if he was lucky. In a last ditch effort to beat this doomy diagnosis, the inventor headed west, in search of fresh mountain air in Estes Park, Colorado. The move paid off – F.O. Stanley lived to the ripe old age of 91. And he repaid... more
For a small mountain village, Estes Park’s craft beverage scene is enormous – and it seems to be growing with each passing year. Now is the right time to discover what’s brewing (and distilling, and fermenting) up here. SPIRITS Elkins Distilling Co. 1825 North Lake Ave., (419) 575-1704 The people behind Elkins Distilling Co. aren’t the first to make whiskey in Estes Park – we’re pretty sure a... more
It just might be Colorado’s best-kept winter secret. While the rest of the state is battling traffic on I-70 in an attempt to be the first on the slopes, Estes Park – best known for its close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park – is free of crowds but full of fun. Think of it as your affordable mountain village escape, just a short, scenic drive from Denver and Boulder (and only 90 minutes from Denver... more