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Why Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park is Magical As Rocky Mountain National Park’s Management Specialist/Public Affairs Officer, Kyle Patterson is one of the lucky few. She gets to witness the diversity that each season brings to this magical natural landscape, from January to December every year. Winter, when a serene calm descends on the Park, is a particular favorite. The crowds thin out (especially on weekdays), and... more

Christmas Meals in Estes Park

Posted on December 4, 2017 10:00 AM

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 a Christmas hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Christmas Day 2017:   The Other Side Restaurant Traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet 11am - 7pm, Dec. 25 Adults: $36.95, Kids: $14.95... more

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir The best trips to pack for are the ones that necessitate a bunch of outdoor gear and layers of clothing that you can really move in—hiking boots and comfy sneakers, all-weather jackets, hydration systems, protein snacks. And so it goes with an adventure to Estes Park, Colorado. Recently, my seven-year-old son Kai and I left Chicago and set off on a wintery... more

There’s more to winter in the Rocky Mountains than skiing. Much more. Case in point – Estes Park offers a dazzling array of holiday and winter events and experiences all season long. It’s just a short and scenic drive up Highway 36. In honor of that drive, we’ve gathered together 36 can’t miss activities coming your way this winter in Estes Park.   Estes Park Holiday Events Estes Park Holiday Market... more

Thanksgiving 2017 in Estes Park

Posted on November 3, 2017 9:00 AM

US Highway 34 will open to all motorists Wednesday, November 22 at 4pm and will remain open until 8pm Sunday, November 26. The section of US 34 between mile points 72-74, west of Drake, will remain closed where crews are repairing the highway near the landslide. All through-traffic from Loveland to Estes Park will need to use Larimer County Road 43. Delays may exist on Highway 34 with one-lane traffic, Highway 36 and Highway 7... 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 traffic is lighter and lodging can be found for a bargain, 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 breathtakingly scenic canyon, or take the... more

10 Unique Places to Stay in Estes Park

Posted on October 30, 2017 9:00 AM

10 Unique Places to Stay in Estes Park By David Obuchowski This is an article about Estes Park, Colorado. But for me, it really begins in New York City in the year 2004. That was the year I went on my first tour with my band. By early 2007, we were doing cross-country tours over a month long, and going out on the road three or four times a year. My touring life has only just recently settled down, but it’s not the stuff you... more

Halloween 2017 in Estes Park

Posted on October 9, 2017 2:00 PM

Celebrate your favorite spooky holiday in Estes Park! Whether you're in it for the costume, the candy or the party you can make the most of your Halloween in Estes Park. Halloween Events 2017   Fridays & Saturdays October 6 to 28 - Halloween Haunted House – American Legion Post 119 With the month of October our minds turn to ghouls and goblins and spirits of all kinds, and the basement of Estes Park’s American... more

8 Fascinating Facts About Elk

Posted on September 4, 2017 4:00 PM by Tyler Wilcox

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 magnificent... more

2017 Estes Aspen Watch

Posted on August 22, 2017 10:00 AM

We're on high alert for golden Aspens! We've heard reports that a few Aspens have begun to be spotted with golden leaves! As the elk shed the velvet from their antlers, their bugles will begin to echo throughout the Estes Valley, and Mother Nature will paint the mountainsides with beautiful colors. Use #EstesAspenWatch to share your photos of newly-turned leaves, or your favorite autumn photos from prior years!... more