There are numerous opportunities for safe, physically-distanced activities in Estes Park this winter; three excellent ones all happen to start with an S – spas, shopping and snowshoeing. Round up your quarantine pod and make your way to Estes Park for the ultimate alliteration vacation.
Estes Park spas have adapted well to the necessary sanitization and distancing procedures required to keep you and your pod safe. A spa day may feel a bit different, but will be relaxing and rejuvenating just the same. Book a delightful Swedish relaxation or hot stone massage – great for warming up after a day in the snow – or try something a little less traditional.
- Indulge in a detox treatment from Elements of Touch Spa to start the new year off right.
- Complement your massage with a hydrotherapy session at Estes Park Massage.
- Plagued with consistent pain? Sign up for a neuromuscular therapy session Affinity Massage and Wellness Center, myofascial release from On the River Massage & Healing Arts or a therapeutic session at Rocky Mountain Movement & Massage.
- Find out why cupping has survived the ages with a body cupping treatment at Hands Down Best in Town Therapeutic Massage.
Locally-owned shops make it very difficult to leave Estes with a suitcase that doesn’t weigh more than when you arrived. Shops offer handcrafted art and products of all kinds, many from local Estes Park and Colorado makers. Handmade sweet treats like taffy, ice cream and fudge are a must-have and local coffee shops offer specialty drinks that will keep your hands warm while moving from store to store – or after indulging in ice cream. A wonderful selection of breweries, a distillery and a winery make for great rest stops throughout the day, and of course there are a multitude of restaurants available for when you inevitably build up an appetite from shopping.
Estes Park restaurants and craft beverage makers are open and operating at reduced capacity, and they too have implemented the necessary sanitization and distancing procedures to keep you safe. If you’re not ready to resume dining in restaurants just yet, most restaurants offer take out options and craft beverage makers offer takeaway.
Snowshoeing is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and forests surrounding Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest and Hermit Park (open March 1 - November) all offer breathtaking views and a variety of trails to tackle. Guiding services currently offer guided trips for groups up to 10 – guides will help your group find the best trail for your ability level and interests and help you navigate any trail closures due to last year’s wildfires in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rent your snowshoes (or any needed cold-weather gear) from the Estes Park Mountain Shop, or buy gear from one a sporting goods shop.
Find the perfect place to stay for your pod by searching through the cabins, vacation rentals, hotels and lodges Estes Park has to offer. Find out which have the amenities you’re looking for by using the filters on the left-hand side of the page.