The Western way of life is preserved in Estes Park by five stables and guest ranches dedicated to giving people a chance to see the West from a different perspective. Guests can saddle up at a local stable for guided rides into Rocky Mountain National Park or attend one of the many Western-themed events to be found year-round in the mountain town.
Some of Estes Park's authentic experiences include:
- Lane Guest Ranch, now in its 59th year of operation, offers a full spectrum of ranch activities at an all-inclusive price.
- Currently used as a research center, the McGraw Ranch is the only intact dude ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- For guests who would rather watch than participate, the region also offers two rodeos, one of which - the Rooftop Rodeo in July, named such for the town's high elevation - is consistently named one of the best small rodeos in the nation; and nearly a dozen horse shows, including those for specific breeds vying for Best of Show awards.
Many of the town's lodging options have an authentic Western feel to them - from cabins to bed and breakfasts - and several restaurants in town offer traditional cowboy fare, such as hearty chili, elk steaks and a premier cup of coffee.