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How to Spend A Day on Lake Estes

Nothing says summer more than a day spent on and around the lake. You’ve probably seen Lake Estes as you are driving into town, you may have even driven over it. Well, it’s the perfect time to get on it. We decided to help you plan your day on the lake. Here’s how it goes: Start off your day with…

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Dine & Drink Al Fresco in Estes Park

When the sun is shining and the warm weather hits, you’ll see Coloradans looking for a sunny patio to even out their well-earned goggle tans. What’s better than enjoying a crisp, citrusy beer or a salt-lined margarita on a charming patio after a long day of hiking? If al fresco dining and drinking…

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The Many Meanings Of “Park”

Estes Park is a town not a park—but it’s also a park. Let us explain. One of the most commonly asked questions at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center is: “How much does it cost to get into Estes Park?” And currently, "do I need a timed-entry permit to access Estes Park?" The easy, honest answer is:…

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The Estes Park Required Reading List

While there are endless official guidebooks telling you exactly where to go, when to go, and how to go, there are some unofficial “guide books” that might inspire you as well. Whether that's searching for ghosts at the Stanley, summiting Longs Peak in a dress or just getting outside and doing things…

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10 Reasons to Visit Estes Park This Spring

…As if you need that many. Just get up here already! You Can Beat the Crowds The summer season is the big show around Estes Park. That’s when vacancies are slim and national park entrances peak—for the season. We track visitation pretty closely (it’s our job), and we can tell you pretty definitively…

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5 Perfect Winter Weekend Itineraries in Estes Park

Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park, Colorado, is arguably at its most beautiful in the winter. Elk wander the golf courses blanketed in white. The picturesque, quaint downtown looks every bit like something you’d see inside of a snow globe. Lodging rates drop in…

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New Year's Eve in Estes Park

Celebrate the start of 2020, say goodbye to 2019 and have some fun with us in Estes Park for New Year's Eve. Here are the places to dance the night away, eat to your heart's content and enjoy some live music. New Year's Eve Bash with Chain Station The Rock Inn at 10:00 PM Chain Station and other…

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Does Estes Park Close in the Winter?

It’s an honest question we in Estes Park hear frequently. The short answer is no, Estes Park does not close in the winter. Read on to get some clarification – and to find out why you should visit the town of Estes Park this winter. Reason number one why Estes Park does not close in the winter: Estes…

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Christmas 2019 in Estes Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the elk jingle belling… or maybe just hanging out around town, strolling the golf course. But just because the elk aren’t jingle-belling, and don’t have red, light-up noses, doesn’t mean Estes isn’t the perfect Christmas destination and a great way to…

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