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Kendall Akin

Kendall grew up in Austin and like a lot of Texans do, fell in love with Colorado for its crisp mountain air and couldn't wait to make the move. Kendall stays curious about the world through her love of traveling, conversations with kind strangers & listening to every Avett Brothers song on repeat to find new meanings. She is a National Park lover and is determined to visit all 58 National Parks before she's 58. Her "Estes Favorite" is walking up and down the river walk with a hot cup of coffee.

Make the Most of Estes with the Estes Park Pass

Winter in Estes is a hidden gem that we can’t keep to ourselves any longer. There’s so much to do but the Estes Park Backcountry Pass is where we suggest you start. With everything to get you out in the backcountry, or in front of the fire, the pass makes exploring Estes in the winter that much more…

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Giving Thanks to Estes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to gush about why we’re oh so thankful for Estes. Where do we begin?! We are thankful for our guests who put in the effort to leave no trace and for the ones that keep coming back. We are thankful for how our…

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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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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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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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Estes Park Fall Photography Guide

We are lucky in Colorado to get to experience such vivid changes of seasons, especially the one that happens when the trees start to paint the mountainside with bright reds, oranges and yellows. Photographers, whether that’s with their fancy lenses or their iPhones, flock to capture this beauty in…

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Pet Friendly Estes

Where to go and stay with your doggo in Estes Park. Hiking Dogs are not allowed to hike with you on trails in the National Park (they are allowed, leashed, on paved walkways). But Rocky isn’t the only place to hike around here. Dogs are allowed on trails in the National Forest and along the Estes…

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How to Spend A Day on Lake Estes

Nothing says summer more than a day spent on and around the lake. You’ve probably seen Lake Estes as you are driving into town, you may have even driven over it. Well, it’s the perfect time to get on it. We decided to help you plan your day on the lake. Here’s how it goes: Start off your day with…

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The Estes Park Required Reading List

While there are endless official guidebooks telling you exactly where to go, when to go, and how to go, there are some unofficial “guide books” that might inspire you as well. Whether that's searching for ghosts at the Stanley, summiting Longs Peak in a dress or just getting outside and doing things…

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5 Summer Itineraries for Estes Park

Summer in Estes is finally here! Here are five different ways to conquer this popular season, whether you’re looking for a boost of adrenaline, fun for the whole family, getting out on your own, wooing your partner, or getting in touch with your Western side. The Family Swing by Donut Haus and fill…

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