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Estes Park represents the ideal Rocky Mountain winter wonderland. Many think of Estes Park as a summer hot spot, but the easy drive, low prices and abundance of winter recreation make it the perfect place to hide out for a long weekend and escape the daily grind. Read on to discover more about what makes Estes Park Colorado’s best kept winter secret.  See Tails, Not Taillights When you want to get away in the winter,... 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

Estes Park, Colorado is the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, which is celebrating a century of mountain exploration, outdoor adventures and fun getaways. Whether you are looking for an alpine adrenaline rush or an unforgettable family vacation, Estes Park delivers. Enjoy a great variety of lodging, local dining, unique shops and fun activities in the village before heading into nature. There is plenty to do and see, but... more

What is there to do when 40 inches of snow blanket the ground and the famous Colorado sun is shining bright? Say "yes" to nature's peaceful invitation and come play in Rocky Mountain National Park during your Spring Break! The Rocky Mountain Conservancy shares their favorite snowy spring adventures:  1. Walk on a frozen lake. Bring your own snowshoes or Microspikes or rent a pair from one of several  outdoor... more

Tips for Winter Wildlife Watching

Posted on December 4, 2014 1:39 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Winter, Things to Do

As winter quickly pushes into Estes Park, we quickly prepare for the season in our own particular ways. Some may pull out their warm winter clothes for a season full of outdoor activities, others may stack the firewood beside their home and the books beside their bed for a cozy winter spent indoors, while others may simply choose to find a warmer place for the season. Interestingly, animals tend to follow a very similar pattern in... more

An Elk Moves In To A Local Resort

Posted on November 6, 2014 4:18 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife

Estes Park is known for its abundant wildlife, where elk stroll through the village streets, bighorn sheep observe the world below from rocky cliffs and marmots scurry across the tundra. What is unique is when one of the famous Estes Park elk takes up residence at a local resort each winter! McGregor Mountain Lodge  a picturesque resort property with cabins and suites perfect for a true Estes Park getaway, has welcomed its... more

What is the Elk Rut All About?

Posted on August 28, 2014 8:22 AM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Fall

Rocky Mountain National Park is a special place during autumn. Why, you ask? From the end of August through October, in addition to the beautiful changing leaves, it is mating season for the Elk! The name for this process is formally called the Rut. The Rut is very intricate. It's not simply one display from a bull elk followed by a cow elk accepting. The Rut is much more complicated and difficult for the bull elk. There are five... more

Estes Park Wildlife Watching 101

Posted on July 9, 2014 4:40 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Estes Park

With thousands of acres of unadulterated habitat, real wildlife experiences come easy in and around the village of Estes Park! Nearby environments are home to more than 63 species of animals, including bear, deer, elusive mountain lion and bobcat, and bighorn sheep. Whether you're walking around quieter sections of Estes Park, taking a scenic drive, or traveling Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, chances are good... more

As summer fades into autumn in Estes Park, the days still have a hint of warmth, while the night provide just enough chill to enjoy a campfire. During late September, the aspen leaves begin to change into vibrant yellows and oranges, creating a brilliant contrast next to the green pines. The echoes of elk bugling carry throughout the valley while elk herds of hundreds can be seen in prime viewing locations. Watch this annual ritual as... more

June's Top 5

Posted on June 1, 2013 11:01 AM by Brooke Burnham
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Hiking, Wildlife

June is a very popular time to visit the mountains - the summer heat is setting in down below, wildflowers are springing up, baby animals are being born, and everything feels fresh and new. Here are the top 5 picks of things to do while in Estes Park during June. 1. Visit the Estes Park Wool Market: The largest fiber festival in the west, this annual, free event takes place the first week in June at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.... more