Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Live like a local

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a mountain town? With many schools and offices remaining virtual into the fall, now is your chance. Here’s how us locals live the dream – and how you can, too. If you're here to work Get outside before, during or after work Living and working in the…

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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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Golf in Estes Park

Golf in Estes Park makes for a unique experience. Sure, you’ll get some extra distance on your driver, but there’s also breathtaking backdrops to admire your extra ball-flight. There are two courses in Estes Park, both open to the public and operated by the town of Estes Park. One a full 18 and…

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How to Spend A Day on Lake Estes

Nothing says summer more than a day spent on and around the lake. You’ve probably seen Lake Estes as you are driving into town, you may have even driven over it. Well, it’s the perfect time to get on it. We decided to help you plan your day on the lake. Here’s how it goes: Start off your day with…

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How to Picnic in Estes Park

Pick up some food at a local restaurant and head out into the fresh air for a meal with a view. First: find what you’re hungry for Most Estes Park restaurants provide a takeout option with utensils, napkins and condiments included, so if staying within walking distance from the restaurant or…

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How to Farmers Market in Estes Park

Here’s everything you need to know about one of the season’s most quintessentially Colorado experiences. With downtown Estes Park and the snowcapped peaks beyond serving as an idyllic backdrop, you can wander the white tents in the Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Lot, each displaying products from…

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Ride Colorado's Waves

River waves, that is. Whitewater rafting is a Colorado mountain town past time. Luckily for us (and you, of course) epic rafting is just a day trip away. Here’s why, and how, you should go whitewater rafting while you’re vacationing in Estes Park. Why? Why not! Gliding down whitewater on a hot…

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"Nature Bathing" in Estes Park

Forest bathing. Forest, what, you might think – or say, depending on where you first read/hear the phrase. For me, I was perusing the paper and came across an article with it in the title. Being a lover of all things mountain, I read on, intrigued. Forest bathing is more or less the act of simply…

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Do Estes Digitally with Bingo

In these times of uncertainty it is important for us to stand together (6 feet apart) and do what we can for the places and people we love. Sometimes that means playing bingo, social distancing style. Try doing Estes digitally this season so you’ll be extra ready to visit us when all is safe again…

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10 Reasons to Visit Estes Park This Spring

…As if you need that many. Just get up here already! You Can Beat the Crowds The summer season is the big show around Estes Park. That’s when vacancies are slim and national park entrances peak—for the season. We track visitation pretty closely (it’s our job), and we can tell you pretty definitively…

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