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The history of Estes Park’s Elk

From the exhibits of the Estes Park Museum Find fascinating information about the elk species and their interaction with ancient and contemporary human populations in and around Estes Park below, and more at the Estes Park Museum. Species: C. Canadensis Eurasian ancestors of elk first appear in…

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A Climber's Guide to Estes Park

Colorado’s Estes Valley has been a hub of rock climbing and mountaineering activity since the 19th century, so it’s no surprise that the area is chock-full of some of America’s most classic routes. Whether you’re looking for big alpine lines, bolted sport climbs, or high-country bouldering, there’s…

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Top 10 Trails for Leaf Peeping

Autumn in the Estes Valley is a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures, the elk rut, and of course, fall colors. These brilliant leaves can add a new dynamic to an already wonderful hike. Reminder: pets are not allowed on trails in the national park. Each hike on this list is inside the…

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What you need to know about elk

From our friends at Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk are a defining sight in Rocky Mountain National Park; one of the park’s major attractions. Learn more about these majestic creatures. North American Elk (cervus canadensis) are one of the largest members of the deer family. Large males, called…

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Support Local Artists and Musicians in Estes

Art and music are the personality of any town, but especially in a town like Estes that has so much inspiration living in its back and front yards. Here’s how we can show some love to the soul of Estes right now. Virtual Friends of Folk Festival When? Every Tuesday in September; 5-8pm This…

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What's Up with the Rut?

The sound of a bull elk bugling during mating season is one of the most plaintive and captivating things that you can hear in the mountains. It begins with a few growly bars, increases a few registers to a high pitch scream and then ends with a series of grunts. Sounding a little something like…

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Live like a local

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a mountain town? With many schools and offices remaining virtual into the fall, now is your chance. Here’s how us locals live the dream – and how you can, too. If you're here to work Get outside before, during or after work Living and working in the…

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Guide to Exploring Hermit Park

Located about 2 miles southeast of Estes, Hermit Park Open Space is a local jackpot. Camp, hike, bike or horseback ride in the 1,362 acres of ponderosa pine forest, aspen tree groves and meadows that Hermit Park boasts. Hike Kruger Rock A Hermit Park favorite, Kruger Rock is an intermediate…

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Best Hikes for Young Kids

Here are just a few family-friendly hikes in and around Estes Park. Copeland Falls Round trip mileage: 0.6 from the trailhead. Trailhead: Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park Description: Look for the Copeland Falls Trail on your left after about 0.2 miles. You will see two small waterfalls…

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Golf in Estes Park

Golf in Estes Park makes for a unique experience. Sure, you’ll get some extra distance on your driver, but there’s also breathtaking backdrops to admire your extra ball-flight. There are two courses in Estes Park, both open to the public and operated by the town of Estes Park. One a full 18 and…

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