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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

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

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

Gain entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park free of charge this year! Mark your calendars for these entrance fee-free dates in 2017:  January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20 - President's Day April 15-16 & 22-23 - National Park Week Weekends August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30 - National Public Lands Day November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend Don't forget any fourth grade... 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

A few years ago the mayor of Estes Park officially decreed the month of October to be known as 'Elktober'. This may seem strange to outsiders, but residents and frequent visitors know that the hundreds of elk that call this area home are a very special part of our local culture. Those who are even more in the know understand that autumn is the perfect time of year to honor and celebrate these majestic creatures, for this is... more

Every year my parents host (along with two other couples) their grandkids for something they call 'Gramp'. They plan activities, outings and games for the kids over a long weekend. Sounds amazing, and it is, but not everyone can possibly contrive such an involved event. For those who want to have that incredible bonding experience, but without the stress of hosting, a grandparent vacation may be just the trick.  Traveling... more

Get off the road this autumn to take in the brilliant colors of the fall leaves in Estes Park. From epic endeavors to leisurely explorations, there are so many different ways to take your leaf-peeping beyond the scenic drives. Read on for our local recommendations on the 8 best ways to get off the road and find hidden stashes of fall foliage in Estes Park, Colorado! 1. Biking the Trails Start pedaling! Mountain biking , whether... more