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Rachel Ward Oppermann

Rachel is a lover of mountains, small mountain towns and all things people-powered especially if the thing takes place in the mountains, making Estes Park the perfect place to live, work and play. After a long day of fun, you can find Rachel enjoying coffee on the riverwalk or on a patio soaking up the Colorado sun with a beer in hand. IG: @mtnssunskyohmy

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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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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How to Picnic in Estes Park

Pick up some food at a local restaurant and head out into the fresh air for a meal with a view. First: find what you’re hungry for Most Estes Park restaurants provide a takeout option with utensils, napkins and condiments included, so if staying within walking distance from the restaurant or…

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Take a Private Tour

See the sights or tackle an outdoor adventure on a private guided tour Interested in learning how to rock climb or perfect your outdoor photography skills? Want to summit a peak but feel unsure of the area? There’s a guide for that. And more. Find one here. If your adventure is sightseeing Take a…

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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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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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"Nature Bathing" in Estes Park

Forest bathing. Forest, what, you might think – or say, depending on where you first read/hear the phrase. For me, I was perusing the paper and came across an article with it in the title. Being a lover of all things mountain, I read on, intrigued. Forest bathing is more or less the act of simply…

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