Estes Park is home to several beautiful murals and statues that represent stories of Estes Park culture. As you explore the downtown area of Estes Park, plan your shopping route around these artworks so you don't miss any prime photo opportunities.
Tribute to our Firefighters
Located in the alley between Macdonald Book Shop and Inkwell & Brew, you’re likely to be drawn to this larger-than-life artwork. Created by local artist Wade Johnston, this mural pays tribute to the wildland firefighters who defended our town from the East Troublesome Fire in 2020.
Kirks Fly Shop
Painted by local artist Wade Johnston, you’ll find this beautiful mural while strolling along the riverwalk adjacent to Elkhorn Ave. Located at Estes Park’s full-service fly-fishing shop and guiding outfit, this mural celebrates fly fishing, and the people from all over the world who travel here to go fishing. After taking in the vivid colors of this painting, you can pop inside of Kirks to book an unforgettable fishing trip and rent/purchase the gear you will need for your next big catch.
Estes Park in the 1920s
Painted by several volunteers with the Estes Arts District, this mural shows what downtown Estes looked like 100 years ago. Located at Napa Auto Parts, this was created using a real photograph taken in 1920's Estes Park. Check out the photo below, courtesy of Estes Park Museum.
The Women's Monument
This collection of 12 bronze sculptures honors women, both past and present, who have transformed Estes Park. The installation was created by renowned artist Jane DeDecker who has been commissioned to create a similar piece of art on Washington D.C.'s National Mall. Learn about the incredible women who inspired the monument. Located next to the riverwalk, between the playground and Casa Grande Restaurant, this collection of statues is bound to be educational and inspiring.
Utility boxes are known to many as those clunky objects that exist in public spaces to provide power to the masses. Estes Park, like any town, has several. The difference? Ours are painted by local artists. As you make your way through town, keep an eye out for these boxed beauties. Pictured above is the work of local artist Michael Young. His work can be seen throughout downtown Estes, but this particular utility box is located in Bond Park.
Enos Mills & His Best Friend
While walking through Bond Park, you’ll notice a man and his dog standing eerily still, on top of a rock, enjoying the view of downtown Estes and the Rocky Mountains. They’re not real, of course. It’s a bronze statue of Enos Mills, (famed conservationist and founding father of Rocky Mountain National Park), and his beloved dog, Scotch, who was known to follow him everywhere, most notably on his 340 treks up to Longs Peak.
Here's a map of these art pieces: