With Thanksgiving right around the corner we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to gush about why we’re oh so thankful for Estes. Where do we begin?!

We are thankful for our guests who put in the effort to leave no trace and for the ones that keep coming back. We are thankful for how our community pours their heart into their businesses. We are thankful for all the ways we can access the outdoors, whether that be through hiking, backcountry skiing, climbing, or even strolling the riverwalk. To name a few.

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And the Estes-love is community wide - here is what a few of the locals have to say.

“Everyday I am grateful to have the privilege of living and working in such close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The mountains are a daily reminder to slow down, breathe, and enjoy this one wild & precious life.  The love and support of our community is also something I am incredibly grateful to be apart of because of the love and caring folks give to our family & support of our business.  We are blessed.” 

- Anastacia Galloway, Inkwell and Brew

“I am thankful for being a part of such a wonderful, supportive, caring community of Estes Park. This little town has held my hand and given me hugs through trials and helped me to create and celebrate the good times.”  

- Melissa Strong, Bird and Jim

“Having made Estes Park my home for more than 20 years, I have come to realize that this community is my family. I have found my best friends, my husband, and "my people" here, and I wouldn't trade that for the world. I came for the mountains, but I stayed for the people.” 

- Amy Hamrick, Kind Coffee

“I am thankful for those individuals who over 105 years ago had the foresight to create Rocky Mountain National Park, which we all benefit from today.  I am thankful to live in a community that is comprised of so many individuals who are passionate, active and supportive.  I am thankful to live in a town surrounded by scenic beauty, wilderness and diverse wildlife.  I am grateful for the variety of recreational activities we can experience living here!” 

- Kyle Patterson, NPS

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Often, people come here to sight-see but end up taking just as much away in a newfound appreciation for nature. We love our backyard dearly and find a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to better take care of it. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy strives to instill that feeling of stewardship in visitors by organizing programs and volunteer opportunities. Another way to get involved in the community of Estes Park is to stay connected with the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center. And the simplest option: respect the trails you walk on while you’re here. We think those are some pretty fun ways to show our gratitude.