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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. Her "Estes Favorite" is walking up and down the river walk with a hot cup of coffee.

Giving Thanks to Estes

With Thanksgiving here already we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to gush about why we’re oh so thankful for Estes and the strength of this community. 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…

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The Estes Park Required Reading List

As we start to hear winter's whisper in the winds of Estes Park, we also start to hear the calling of a good book by the fire. 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…

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For the Estes Park Whiskey Lover

Whiskey has a way of warming up the belly. There's a time for frozen margaritas and a time for whiskey, and the time for whiskey is in the winter. Estes Park hosts its own whiskey distillery, a festival celebrating whiskey, and even showshoe tours that lead to a whiskey sized reward. Here's where to…

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Pet Friendly Estes

Where to go and stay with your best friend, aka your dog, 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…

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Exploring Estes Park Podcast: Living Lab

Did you know that each year, there are over 100 active research projects happening in Rocky Mountain National Park? On this episode, learn about a day in the life of research. Use this guide to learn even more about the various research being conducted right now in the National Park. In this…

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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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