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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

Does Estes Park Close in the Winter?

It’s an honest question we in Estes Park hear frequently. The short answer is no, Estes Park does not close in the winter. Read on to get some clarification – and to find out why you should visit the town of Estes Park this winter. Reason number one why Estes Park does not close in the winter: Estes…

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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’ OFRR. The road itself is dirt…

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Pick your perfect coffee shop

These shops are more than just coffee. There are 10 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) but the shop itself. Read on to find out how, and to decide which one you’ll visit…

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Go With a Guide to Estes Park

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. Plus, permitted tour operators are able to…

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Estes Park Visitor Center FAQ's

Answers to all of your burning questions about Estes Park. 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. Want to know the best time to visit? Where to hike? When the deer turn into elk? (Spoiler…

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23 Fun Things To Do in Estes Park

Build the perfect Estes Park itinerary with these entertaining things to do in the glorious mountains of Colorado. Everyone knows that when you visit the town of Estes Park, the main attraction is Rocky Mountain National Park and rightly so. But did you know that when you visit the town of Estes…

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