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A few years ago the mayor of Estes Park officially decreed the month of October to be known as 'Elktober'. This may seem strange to outsiders, but residents and frequent visitors know that the hundreds of elk that call this area home are a very special part of our local culture. Those who are even more in the know understand that autumn is the perfect time of year to honor and celebrate these majestic creatures, for this is... more

Every year my parents host (along with two other couples) their grandkids for something they call 'Gramp'. They plan activities, outings and games for the kids over a long weekend. Sounds amazing, and it is, but not everyone can possibly contrive such an involved event. For those who want to have that incredible bonding experience, but without the stress of hosting, a grandparent vacation may be just the trick.  Traveling... more

Looking for family fun, great wildlife experiences and some breath taking sunset views?   Rocky Mountain National Park has you covered. In a recent polling by USA Today’s 10 Best National Park experiences, Rocky was voted one of the best parks for wild life experiences , best night experiences and one if the most kid friendly parks !    With over 350 miles of trails and the largest expansion of alpine tundra in... more

Let's face it, we all have a "budget" for vacation. If you're anything like me, it's a challenge to stick to those pre-set spending limits. There's always something more the kids are asking for, or a little self-indulgence - I mean we definitely deserve it, right?! So, finding some free activities can be critical to not having post-vacay spending regrets while still keeping the family busy. And lucky for you,... more

Treat your family to an authentic mountain experience this spring break. Explore the Outdoors Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park is the perfect place to introduce your family to outdoor adventure. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park with winter Ranger-led programs , running until the end of March. Want an authentic Wild West experience? Take the family horseback riding to scenic overlooks above the Estes Park village. Go... more

Becca and Tommy Caldwell are a regular, every-day Colorado family. That is, other than the fact that Tommy (with climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson) made headlines last year by accomplishing the first-ever free ascent of a 3,000-foot cliff in Yosemite known as the Dawn Wall. Being athletes and adventurers, this couple is anything but sedentary and didn't slow down when they started a family. They simply adapted their... more

2015 was a big year for Estes Park! But, just because the year is coming to an end, doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance. Check out this list of 2015 Estes happenings that you can tap into in the new year! 1.    Local pro climber Tommy Caldwell gained notoriety last January when he and his partner made the first continuous ascent of the Dawn Wall. You can work up to such a feat by training in Tommy’s... more

This year's Rooftop Rodeo is set to break records. Monday, Parade Marshall Tommy Caldwell and the countless horseback riders, draft hitches, floats and Rodeo Royalty ushered in, what will undoubtedly be, the best Rooftop Rodeo to date! With almost 200 more entries than last year the competition will be fierce. 125 of the 662 contestants are National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers, 19 of which are World Champions. This year the rodeo will... more

Rainy Day Family Fun

Posted on July 7, 2015 3:16 PM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Things To Do, Family Fun, Food & Drink
Tags: Things to Do, Family, History

As summer in Estes Park continues, so do the thunderstorms and rain showers. While good for keeping the forests stay hydrated and healthy, these wet days can leave guests wondering what to do indoors until the sun comes back out. Estes Park is known for its outdoor adventures, but there are plenty of family friendly activities when it's sprinkling outside. We have compiled a few recommendations to make the rainy days as fun filled... more

Expert Tips: Prepare for High Altitude Race

Posted on May 8, 2015 1:12 PM
Related Categories: Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Estes Park, Family

Local expert and trainer, Terry Chiplin, shares tips on how any runner can prepare for  Estes Park races  and running at high altitude:  How to prepare before you arrive You can take several simple precautions before you head to run or race at altitude that will help your body deal with the metabolic and physiological changes that happen at higher altitudes. Running at altitude is a wonderful training stimulus, and one... more