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Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventure 101

Build a vacation around learning how to adventure in the great outdoors around Estes Park. Here's how. Hiking Hiking may seem intimidating to those who haven’t hiked much, or at all, and frankly that’s not a bad thing. Hiking in the high country comes with inherent risks not typical for lower…

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Guide to Being Kind on the Trials

Leave No Trace The most essential piece of trail etiquette is helping maintain it for the next person to experience it as well (or even better) than you did. Of course, Leave No Trace means the obvious – taking what you brought with you (pack it in, pack it out) and leaving what you find (as long as…

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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 Farmers Market in Estes Park

Here’s everything you need to know about one of the season’s most quintessentially Colorado experiences. With downtown Estes Park and the snowcapped peaks beyond serving as an idyllic backdrop, you can wander the white tents in the Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Lot, each displaying products from…

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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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