New Happenings in Estes Park, CO for Spring 2015 New offerings and Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial anniversary  enhance the ideal outdoor adventure destination   ESTES PARK, Colo. - Known as the base camp to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Estes Park is a Colorado mountain village beloved by residents and guests alike. With a variety of historical tours, a range of activities and adventures... more

Nature and Nurture

June 3, 2013 6:21 PM
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Estes Park is an area abundant with life, and visitors have the opportunity to experience all of the wildlife that calls Estes Park home. Popular wildlife that can be often spotted in Estes Park and the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park include mule deer, elk, moose and big horn sheep. In the spring and summer months, migratory birds such as thrushes, finches, swallows, warblers, bluebirds, and hummingbirds are seen throughout... more

Trail Tails

June 3, 2013 6:11 PM
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Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved road in the U.S., travels through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. It is open from Memorial Day until heavy snowfalls make the route impractical to keep clear, usually sometime from late-September to Thanksgiving. Hosting the prestigious annual Ride the Rockies event in June over Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park is an ideal destination for cyclists... more

Estes Park 'Rocks'

June 3, 2013 6:06 PM
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Featuring stunning geological wonders in and around the area, Estes Park is a destination that truly "rocks." Visitors can view millions of years of erosion by water and ice that has formed the majestic mountains and rugged landscape surrounding Estes Park. Photograph the huge buildup of sediment called an "alluvial fan" in Rocky Mountain National Park or climb Colorado's most notable 14'er, Longs Peak. Many... more

'Tail'gating: Where Wild Meets Life

June 3, 2013 6:00 PM
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Beginning in mid-September, as Aspen leaves slowly fade from their brilliant summer green hues to shimmering gold, the elk herds in this area begin their annual rut (mating) season. With the colorful backsplash providing the setting, the memorable sound of mating calls fill the air. There are plenty of places to enjoyably listen to, and watch, the spectacular forces of nature.   Among the many ways to view wildlife in Estes Park... more

Saddle Up in Estes Park

June 3, 2013 5:54 PM
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Saddle Up in Estes Park The Western way of life is preserved in Estes Park by five stables and guest ranches dedicated to giving people a chance to see the West from a different perspective. Guests can saddle up at a local stable for guided rides into Rocky Mountain National Park, or attend one of the many western-themed events to be found year-round in the mountain town.   Some of Estes Park's authentic experiences include: Lane... more

Historic Estes

June 3, 2013 5:53 PM
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d key attractions, and guests are welcome to explore the deeply-rooted history of the town and region in a variety of ways - from art and culture; history to trekking trails that are hundreds of years old and were traveled by the regions first inhabitants.   The destination contains the oldest guest ranch still operating in the entire Rocky Mountain Region and the oldest continuously operating hotel in Colorado, The Elkhorn... more

A Sweet Escape

June 3, 2013 5:50 PM
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Estes Park is the perfect locale for travelers who want to give their vacation a sugar kick and embark on a ‘sweet-escape.' Estes Park is home to a dizzying number of charming, locally-owned sweets shops with mouthwatering window displays and local homemade delicacies (like Caramel Corn - open since 1946) to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth. The town features several historic and delicious sweet options - from a homemade cookie... more

Main Street America

June 3, 2013 5:48 PM
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Estes Park is surrounded on four sides by nationally protected land, ensuring it will always retain its mountain village charm. The location and history truly make Estes Park a one-of-a-kind destination. Travelers can experience an array of activities including the town's mom-and-pop shops, a vintage movie theater, classic cabins, local parades and celebrations, and so much more.   Main Street in Estes Park takes on a quaint,... more

Whiskey Capital of Colorado

June 3, 2013 5:46 PM
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When it is a bit too warm to participate in winter sports but a little too brisk for other outdoor activities, Estes Park offers several ways to ‘thaw out.' The Whiskey Bar at the Stanley Hotel is home to the largest whiskey collection in the state. In addition to the bar, the Cascades Restaurant features additional whiskey-themed offerings (pairing dinners, tastings, mixology lessons, local labels, etc.), making Estes Park the... more