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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

Pick your perfect coffee shop

There are ten coffee shops in our little mountain town. What sets each apart is not the selection of specialty lattes or the type of roast used – each and every cup is delicious (and yes, we are biased but hey, it’s true!) – but the shop itself. These shops are more than just coffee. Read on to find…

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Deer, elk, moose: what’s the difference?

These mighty four-legged creatures inspire wonder and awe… and sometimes confusion. If you’ve ever wondered how they’re different, read on. First. Let’s be honest, many of us haven’t just wondered how they’re different. Many of us have wondered, at times, which one we are actually looking at –…

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A Different Way Up Old Fall River Road

Don’t drive Old Fall River Road. Old Fall River Road, Trail Ridge Road’s unpaved sister, is closed to vehicle traffic early October through late June. With no cars to limit your view or slow you down, the twists, turns and arguably, the views, are better from good ol’ OFR. The road itself is dirt…

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How to Do the Estes Park Riverwalk

Wandering in and out of shops with a treat in hand is a quintessential mountain town experience. And when there is a river involved? Even better. Estes Park’s Riverwalk is not-to-miss. Fall River flows along the backside of Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park’s main street, and is lined with trees, an…

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How to Camp in Estes Park

Everything you need to know to spend a night under the stars Estes Park is the place to camp. With the stunning Rocky Mountains as your backdrop or your site, you can do so in almost any manner you please. Camp near your car, in a tent or in the backcountry, camp on a cliff face – that’s right…

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Get Your Race Fix in Estes Park

Calling all racers, from seasoned pros to the race-curious: You can find your perfect event here in Estes Park this summer. Estes has world-class mountain views to keep you charging, the chance for wildlife sightings, and bragging rights at participating in a race at 7,500 feet. Plus those brilliant…

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Estes Park Visitor Center FAQ's

No one in town fields more questions about Estes Park than the well-informed staff and volunteers at the Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. Here’s their best advice for the most popular queries. Which season is best to visit Estes Park? All of them. Seriously. But we live here and are…

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