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Thanksgiving 2019 in Estes Park

It’s the holiday season… and Estes is buzzing with ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is about coming together and giving thanks for the beautiful things in your life. What better place to do that than in Estes Park? Leave the stress of cooking to these places so you have more time to…

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9 Reasons to Come to Estes Park This Winter

When you think of your winter mountain getaway, do you want myriad options for snowy outdoor adventure like snowshoeing, cross-country, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, tubing, and sledding? Are you looking for a historic, picturesque main street with dozens of boutique shops, restaurants, and…

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Spooky Estes Stories Best Told Around The Fire

It’s that time of the year where we all find joy in scaring ourselves and convincing each other of the supernatural. Read on for some Estes spookiness… if you dare. The Haunting at the Baldpate Inn In 1911, Gordon and Ethel Mace built a classic log cabin for themselves and several smaller…

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Halloween 2019 in Estes Park

Estes has no shortage of spooky stories. But Halloween doesn’t just have to be spooky – there’s plenty going on, no matter what sort of event you’re looking for! American Legion Haunted House Friday’s & Saturday’s in October, American Legion Post 119 More Info Rock Cut Pumpkin Carving…

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Pick your perfect coffee shop

There are ten coffee shops in our little mountain town. What sets each apart is not the selection of specialty lattes or the type of roast used – each and every cup is delicious (and yes, we are biased but hey, it’s true!) – but the shop itself. These shops are more than just coffee. Read on to find…

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Best Estes Park Elk Photos from the 2019 Rut

The elk rut is a magical time of year when you'll hear bugles echoing around the valley and find bulls sparring and rounding up their harems. It's the pinnacle of wildlife watching, requiring a telephoto lens, binoculars, and safety (for yourself and the animals) at the forefront. It's important to…

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How The Area's Lakes Got Their Names

Some lakes hold a lot of history and stories amongst their names. Others, are purely descriptive – making it a lot easier to picture in our minds. Check out how some of our favorite lakes in and around Estes got their names. Sprague Lake This lake is named after Abner, you guessed it, Sprague -…

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Deer, elk, moose: what’s the difference?

These mighty four-legged creatures inspire wonder and awe… and sometimes confusion. If you’ve ever wondered how they’re different, read on. First. Let’s be honest, many of us haven’t just wondered how they’re different. Many of us have wondered, at times, which one we are actually looking at –…

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A Different Way Up Old Fall River Road

Don’t drive Old Fall River Road. Old Fall River Road, Trail Ridge Road’s unpaved sister, is closed to vehicle traffic early October through late June. With no cars to limit your view or slow you down, the twists, turns and arguably, the views, are better from good ol’ OFR. The road itself is dirt…

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