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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.

Exploring Estes Park Podcast: Dark Skies

When planning an outdoor escape, getting away from the bright lights of a city and seeing the stars is high on people’s list, rightfully so. Our dark skies are a beautiful way to experience the serenity of Estes Park and give us perspective on just how vast the universe is. After you listen to this…

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Exploring Estes Park Podcast: Bird & Jim

Follow along with the story of Isabella Bird as she explores Estes Park, before it was cool. Hear how Isabella Bird and Jim Nugent (or: Rocky Mountain Jim) live on through Melissa Strong’s adored restaurant, Bird & Jim and through her recovery from a near-death experience. Use this as a resource for…

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The Best Apps for Your Trip to Estes Park

I know what you’re thinking. “Best apps? But this is my time to unplug!” There’s a way to experience the power of a digital detox while occasionally using a few apps to be more efficient and get the most out of your trip. Whether that’s figuring out where your next hike will start or answering your…

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Nature Sounds In and Around Estes Park

We've seen lots of studies on the positive impacts being in nature can have on your brain. Researchers also say that even the sounds of these natural elements can have restorative effects. If you're looking for an escape to nature in Estes but need that last little push to get planning, this…

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How to Spend Easter in Estes Park

Early April is an invigorating time in Estes Park—the cold is easing, new growth is right around the corner and the promise of spring is close at hand; it’s an environment that’s sure to augment this special day. Spend Easter weekend in Estes Park. Here’s how. Get Up and Out for Sunrise Sunrise…

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Ways to Go Green on St. Patrick's Day

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition tied to Irish folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, which like to pinch anyone they can see. No comment on the abundance of leprechauns in Estes Park (perhaps they hang out with Bigfoot?). But go ahead and wear green…

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Tour the Seasons of Estes with These Adventures

Something people love about Colorado is getting to fully experience every season. Even with distinct season changes, the sun is shining 300 days a year - making winter more enjoyable and giving summer a reason for you to cool down on the lake. The contrasting seasons make Colorado the best home base…

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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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Get Started Winter Hiking

Winter hiking: when to strap on snowshoes, microspikes or your trusty hiking boots Winter adventure can be intimidating for the devoted summer chasers, but if you can walk, you can snowshoe or strap some microspikes on. It’s the right level of stepping out of your comfort zone and easing into the…

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