Earth Day reminds us to take a moment to reflect on the threats our planet faces as well as actions we can take in our daily lives to mitigate them. 

Surrounded by forests and wildlife, the need to respect and commit to conserving nature is evident in Estes Park. And it’s inspiring. Spend Earth Day weekend in Estes Park this year reflecting, acting and enjoying being surrounded by nature. Here’s how.

 

Stay at the Ridgeline Hotel

The Ridgeline Hotel has made sustainability a priority since it first opened its doors in 2017. Parent company Delaware North’s GreenPath program carefully manages the hotel’s environmental impacts through water conservation, reduced energy consumption, solid waste diversion (by recycling and using a food digester) and continually seeking ways to improve efficiency. 

Bonus: April is Earth Month at The Ridgeline. To celebrate, guests of the hotel’s Latitude 105 Alehouse will find that their beverage coaster and napkins have been replaced by eco-friendly, plantable seed coasters filled with pollinator wildflowers. 

Ridgeline

Pick up trash in Rocky Mountain National Park

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, Rocky Mountain National Park staff is hosting Earth Day festivities that are fun for the entire family. Join a trash collection effort and browse informational booths to learn about ecology, fishing and backcountry safety while the kids have a chance to earn their Junior Ranger badge by participating in a Junior Ranger discovery activity.

 

Go nature bathing

Nature, or forest, bathing is the act of being present in nature. Forest bathers aren’t there to reach a specific destination but to take the time to notice the details of nature that surround them. The intent is to improve one’s health through engaging in mindfulness. It can also be inspiring and motivating, in the context of Earth Day. Learn more about naturing bathing or go with Heathen Creek Outfitters

heathen creek outfitters

Take a walk around Lake Estes

Nature bathing may not sound appealing to, or be possible for, everyone. Luckily, stunning mountain views can be seen from just about anywhere in town and the feeling of being in the mountains is pervasive. A paved path encircles Lake Estes and the mountain views from nearly every point will take your breath away. It’s also a favorite spot for local wildlife. 

To access the lake, park at the Estes Park parking structure. The path starts on the north side of the structure. Follow it east and soon the lake will be in sight. Keep going and the mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park will rise behind you.

Jacob Moon Lake Estes