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7 Stunning Waterfall Hikes near Estes Park

Colorado’s snowpack is the lifeblood of the West. As it melts and makes its way down rivers and valleys, it makes some fine waterfalls, too. Late spring and early summer are the ideal times to make the most of the melt and see the falls gushing. Obviously, the falls are a grand sight to see, but…

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How to Build the Perfect Campfire

Camping is a built in socially distanced activity, always has been. And a campfire makes it that much better. The YMCA of the Rockies taught us how to make the perfect campfire and Kirk's Flyshop & Mountain Adventures gave us tips on how to get the most out of our perfect campfire. TIP #1: The…

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Ride Colorado's Waves

River waves, that is. Whitewater rafting is a Colorado mountain town past time. Luckily for us (and you, of course) epic rafting is just a day trip away. Here’s why, and how, you should go whitewater rafting while you’re vacationing in Estes Park. Why? Why not! Gliding down whitewater on a hot…

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7 Adventures in Estes Park

Follow along as Eric Hanson explores all the outdoor adventure Estes Park has to offer. From the obvious like climbing and trail running to the unexpected like cliff camping and the new (to Estes) Via Ferrata. Horseback Riding in Estes Park Estes Park Via Ferrata Colorado Cliff Camping Mountain…

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Elkins Campfire Cocktail

As camping season returns, naturally so do the campfire cocktails. Pick up some Elkins whiskey on your way into town and follow along to craft your perfect Old Fashioned. View this post on Instagram We’re getting our cocktails campfire ready for the Estes…

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The Plowing of Trail Ridge Road

Plowing isn't normally big news or cause for celebration--unless the plow is clearing Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road connects Estes Park to Grand Lake, and is the highest continuously paved road in North America. This scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National…

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Find Fresh Air and Plenty of Space in Estes Park

Now more than ever, we are recognizing how important it is to get outdoors–however that may look like for you. Even the previously mundane activity of walking has become vital to our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that walking boosts creativity, releases all the feel good chemicals…

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"Nature Bathing" in Estes Park

Forest bathing. Forest, what, you might think – or say, depending on where you first read/hear the phrase. For me, I was perusing the paper and came across an article with it in the title. Being a lover of all things mountain, I read on, intrigued. Forest bathing is more or less the act of simply…

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Rocky Mountain National Park Phased Reopening Begins May 27

See information on Phase Two of RMNP's Reopening (taking effect June 4) here. From Rocky Mountain National Park: "In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Rocky Mountain National Park will begin…

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