From riding a snowcat and hiking with llamas to indoor camping adventures and ‘swim-in’ movies, Estes Park offers something new all year-round. Here are 6 experiences you may not think of but should be at the top of your list when planning a trip to Estes Park. 

 

1. Ride a Snowcat to a Luxury Lodge

This ultimate winter back-country mountain adventure begins with a snowcat tour with Estes Park Outfitters. After climbing several thousand feet of elevation and riding through miles of remote mountain trails, you will be taken to a remote, luxury, off-the-grid mountain lodge. At an elevation of about 9200 feet, you are sure to enjoy breathtaking views and cozy up by the fire. 

snowcat

 

2. Backpack or Hike with Llamas with Kirks Mountain Adventures

Contrary to a typical trek, how about backpacking or hiking with llamas this summer? Kirks Mountain Adventures lets you embark on this unique journey where llamas carry your gear (or your children) into the beautiful Rocky Mountains. And the best part? Kirks will supply all the necessary gear you need for an overnight or a day trip outdoors. 

Llama photo from Kirks

 

3. Indoor Camping Experience at Trailborn

An ideal activity for those traveling with children. Trailborn offers an indoor camping experience, where kiddos can enjoy the excitement of camping while parents get the excitement of a good night’s sleep. A perfect way for them to experience an adventure indoors when the weather isn’t going your way. Plus, every day they’ll give you a smores kit to enjoy at their firepits. 

 

4. Oxygen Lounge Session at Dao House 

To assist with adjusting to Estes Park's high altitude or just to relax, consider a visit to the Oxygen Lounge at Dao House. With a tranquil setting that promotes overall well-being, it can provide a relaxing break from your other activities.

Dao house

 

5. Taste Whiskey from Stanley Hotel’s Exclusive Single Barrel Collection

Whiskey connoisseurs, rejoice! The infamous Stanley Hotel offers a chance to taste whiskey from their exclusive single-barrel collection at the Vault. Most of these selections are 1 of less than 200 bottles in existence. The Vault offers exclusive, personalized tasting experiences exploring the history of whiskey, its classifications, and how to enjoy it best. 

the vault

 

6. “Swim-In” Movies at the Ridgeline Hotel 

In a twist on the classic drive-in movie, the Ridgeline Hotel's pool and hot tub area doubles as a cinema. Guests can float in the water or lounge poolside while watching a favorite film. This unique “swim-in” movie experience is the perfect ending to a day full of adventures.