We are Estes Inspired! In honor of National Travel and Tourism week, we held a special event to celebrate the hard-working folks who make up the tourism industry here in Estes Park. 

Estes Inspired featured a State of the Tourism Industry Update by the Colorado Tourism Office's Andrew Grossmann and VEP CEO Kara Franker led panels covering responsible tourism and the business of tourism with industry professionals.

We also debuted "We Are Estes Inspired", an inspiring video featuring area business owners and community leaders discussing our common goal for an uncommon land. 

Following the talks, local favorite Chain Station, a 4-piece, high-energy band, hit the stage while guests mingled and enjoyed food and drink from area restaurants. A tourism trade show was held earlier in the day, connecting suppliers with local businesses and an education station offering insightful information for the coming season.

It was an incredible day filled with celebration, connection and learning!

Estes Inspired Event_Group 1David Holder, Andrew Grossmann, Heidi Barfels, Monika Malczynski, Matt Stiker, Campbell Levy, Kara Franker.

Chain Station_Estes InspiredChain Station performs.

Estes Inspired_eventAdam Shake, Donna Carlson, Kara Franker.

Estes Inspired_ Group 2Jason Damweber, Kyle Patterson, Christy Crosser, Wendy Koenig.




A very special thanks to the Estes Park Restaurants and craft beverage makers that helped to make this a wonderful event:

You Need Pie! Diner & Bakery

The Daily Donut

The Post Chicken & Beer

Wild Rose Restaurant 

Bob & Tony's Pizza/Estes Park Distilling

Brunch & Co.

KIND Coffee

Coffee on The Rocks

Rock Cut Brewing Co.

Lumpy Ridge Brewery

Avant Garde Aleworks

Snowy Peaks Winery

Rocky Mountain Deli