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The snowy season in Estes Park offers a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored! Not only does the scenery take on a whole new look, but traffic is lighter and lodging can be found for a bargain, allowing you to tack on another night to your stay! Trail Ridge Road may be closed at high elevations, but Estes is still easily accessible via two well-maintained highways. Highway 36 is a breathtakingly scenic canyon, or take the... more

Whether it's sightseeing along Trail Ridge Road, taking a leisurely stroll around Lily Lake, or the thrill of summiting the park's only 14er, Longs Peak,  Rocky Mountain National Park  attracts a variety of guests from adventure seekers, families and couples. However, many may not realize that some of RMNP's most beautiful sights of nature are the countless waterfalls found throughout the park. Mariah Nelson,... more

5 Estes Park Cycling Routes You Haven't Pedaled

Posted on March 15, 2017 2:00 PM by Kevin Benes
Related Categories: Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Biking, Things to Do, Summer, Spring

In my career with the Town of Estes Park I have lots of opportunities to talk with our guests. I typically steer our conversations on what activity brings them to town and I’ve started to notice a pattern. The answers are almost always hiking , snowshoeing , backcountry skiing , climbing and a myriad of other outdoor adventures that each have the potential to be the highlight of a guest’s experience. Today I am going to... more

New Girl in Estes - My First Snowshoe

Posted on March 13, 2017 10:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Rocky Mountain National Park, Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Winter

One of the perks of living in Estes is that everyone wants to visit. Not long ago, my boyfriend and I hosted three couples—close friends of his, each coming from different states. They all possessed varying levels of athletic abilities, cold-weather tolerance and zest for adventure. Snowshoeing , we decided, was the happy medium for everyone. Easy enough to land on our first try and interesting enough to pose a challenge. When... more

5 Best Hikes for a Windy Day

Posted on March 10, 2017 8:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Rocky Mountain National Park, Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Hiking

Estes is known for many things: Rocky Mountain National Park, The Stanley Hotel, its small-town charm, and yes, the wind. Our location at 7,522 feet and tucked into one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, means we get 300 days of sunshine; unparalleled views; and, from time to time, pretty gnarly winds. Similar to how sky-scrapers create wind funnels in the city, the mountains have a similar effect here. Some of these... more

I have lived in Estes Park for two years, but have been a summer visitor since childhood. Certainly other seasons have their perks, but warm weather is what I am waiting for, and what I dream of when I think of living in the mountains. There is so much to anticipate: wildflowers, ocean blue skies, hot sun blazing at mid-day on my fair skin, and then afternoon showers that cool everything off creating pine perfume. And of course, long... more

Estes Park represents the ideal Rocky Mountain winter wonderland. Many think of Estes Park as a summer hot spot, but the easy drive, low prices and abundance of winter recreation make it the perfect place to hide out for a long weekend and escape the daily grind. Read on to discover more about what makes Estes Park Colorado’s best kept winter secret.  See Tails, Not Taillights When you want to get away in the winter,... more

This guest blog was written by Rachel Balduzzi, Education Director for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy . As winter descends upon the mountains, the urge to get out and explore the snow covered Colorado landscape takes hold.  Some like to ski, some like to snowmobile, some like to ice skate, but for me a snowshoe trek through snow laden evergreens is not only peaceful but provides exercise, not to mention a brief respite from my... more

Pitches and Pints: Quinn Brett

Posted on October 24, 2016 8:05 AM
Related Categories: Outdoor Adventure, Food & Drink
Tags: Climbing, Meet Our Locals, Food & Drink

Quinn Brett is an experienced Estes Park climber and local. Learn more about her favorite Estes Park climb complete with pro tips and her favorite place to sip on a beer after. Name :  Quinn Brett Years Climbing : 25 years!!!!! Favorite Estes Park climb :  A diamond shaped chunk of granite, nestled into a lush cirque at 13,000 feet laced with vertical cracks of all variety!  My favorite of these fissures is a route... more

There are so many ways to explore Estes Park! Find the right outing for you with our mild to wild adventure scale!   Tame, Yet Curious Your idea of an adventure may be getting snowed in at your  cabin  retreat or taking a  scenic stroll  around Lily Lake. You want to take in the beauty and splendor of the pristine mountain wilderness surrounding the Estes Valley without having to venture into... more