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Spring climbing in and around Estes Park

By our friends at the Estes Park Mountain Shop Where there’s a will, there’s a way – while you might not think it’s possible right now, join the local diehards and get your first ascents of the year this spring. As winter melts away, enjoy the change of season (before the summer crowds) by tying in…

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My Avy Class Experience

I’ve been backcountry skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park for about a year now. My first foray was a wonderful birthday triathlon. I got my touring set-up and began last February, about a month before the park shut down with the onset of COVID. I stuck to Hidden Valley, as I had been told it was…

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The Perfect Rocky Mountain Spring Break

Spring break is a classic time to make memories with family and friends. The majestic Rocky Mountains are the place to do just that. Settled at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park offers authentic mountain experiences and is surrounded by the perfect terrain for your Spring Break…

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A Climber's Guide to Estes Park

Colorado’s Estes Valley has been a hub of rock climbing and mountaineering activity since the 19th century, so it’s no surprise that the area is chock-full of some of America’s most classic routes. Whether you’re looking for big alpine lines, bolted sport climbs, or high-country bouldering, there’s…

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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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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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