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From easy, ponderosa-pine shaded strolls to challenging strikes above treeline, we have the dog-friendly hike for you Perhaps the #1 reason you’ve come to Estes Park is to hike deep in the Rocky Mountains. Go ahead and scratch “perhaps”; it’s a sure thing. To top-out on a craggy summit or visit a remote lake or scamper along an Instagram-worthy ridgeline is on every visitor’s lifelist. But, given no dogs... more

National Listening Day in Estes Park

Posted on July 18, 2018 9:00 AM

Celebrate (and relax) with help from Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, July 18, is World Listening Day and our friends at  Rocky Mountain National Park  is celebrating with the release of the Rocky Mountain National Park Sound Library . This extensive acoustic catalog contains over 210 recordings of more than 60 bird species, natural soundscapes, and wildlife vocalizations including elk, coyotes, western chorus frogs... more

#FanPhotoFridayEP June 2018

Posted on July 13, 2018 3:00 PM

#FanPhotoFridayEP for June included a tranquil video of a trout being released in the Big Thompson, some dramatic Rocky Mountain peaks and more! Each and every Friday we feature your photos on Instagram! Use #FanPhotoFridayEP and tag @VisitEstesPark  for your chance to be featured. #FanPhotoFridayEP Fishing the cool waters of the Big Thompson River on a warm summer day. #EstesPark #RMNP #colorado #coloradolive A post shared by... more

Practice your mountain biking skills, or just hit the track for fun With a backdrop rivalling any bike park in the country (Hi, Long’s Peak!), Estes Park’s new bike park is a beauty. A half-mile of skills-loops ranging from beginner to advanced incorporate both man-made and natural riding features. Pump tracks covering about a third of a mile in an interlocking loop and figure-eight patterns consist of dirt and paved... more

The Many Meanings Of “Park”

Posted on July 2, 2018 2:00 PM

Estes Park is a town not a park—but it’s also a park. Let us explain. One of the most commonly asked questions at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center is: “How much does it cost to get into Estes Park?” The easy, honest answer is: “It’s free! Estes Park is a town—you can come and go as you please.” For the enterprising visitor center volunteer, however, the common wise reply is:... more

Old Fall River: RMNP’s Other Scenic Drive

Posted on June 29, 2018 4:00 PM

Trail Ridge Road’s older sibling, the un-paved Old Fall River Road offers a more rugged course to the alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park. Early History The first route for automobiles in Rocky Mountain National Park , Old Fall River Road was constructed in 1920. The gravel road leads one-way uphill, switchbacking from Horseshoe Park to Old Fall River Pass and the Alpine Visitor Center at at 11,796 feet. The road... more

Chill Estes Park vibes to add peace to your day

Posted on June 29, 2018 3:00 PM

Nature is good for you. Many studies show that even just looking at a photo of a wilderness landscape will lower blood pressure and release endorphins, those feel-good enzyme thingies that rush forth when you’re stoked. So take 10 seconds (or more) to improve your day by enjoying our growing collection of peaceful scenes from around Estes Park.  Boating Lake Estes under fluffy, white clouds Pontoons float along the... more

6 Epic High Altitude Adventures in Estes Park

Posted on June 28, 2018 4:00 PM

Are you ready to touch the sky? At 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes is the perfect launch pad for an adventure at altitude. Go Camping—On A Cliff Have dinner on a portaledge—then spend the night. This isn’t your average campout. Kent Mountain Adventure Center’s cliff camping experiences offer the chance to spend the night on a sheer rock face, hundreds of feet above the ground. No experience is necessary: Your... more

The 4 th of July is one of the highlights of the summer—here’s how to do it right Fill up on Freedom Start the day off with an all-American breakfast before heading out to the day’s events with a 4th of July pancake breakfast . Held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, the Independence Day Pancake Breakfast goes from 7:00 to 10:30 am and breakfast is only $8 for adults and $5 for children. Save a... more

7 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Estes Park

Posted on June 21, 2018 2:00 PM

Colorado’s original playground is known as an outdoor mecca, but it has tons of fun indoor stuff too This area of Colorado is celebrated for having more than 300 days of sunshine annually—and, yes, it’s awesome. But do the math, and you’re left with roughly 65 days where some clouds and rain might try to upend all that happy, sunny monotony. Plus, our summer storm cycles see clouds build nearly every afternoon,... more