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How to Prepare for an Adventure at Altitude

A lot of fun and adventure happens at higher altitudes: Take Estes Park, Colorado, which sits at an elevation of 7,522 feet. It’s located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the highest national parks in the U.S., where you’ll find Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road…

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History of Bear Lake

With summer approaching, many visitors will make the trek up to one of Rocky Mountain National Park's most iconic vistas; Bear Lake. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy writes about the geology, biology and history that make Bear Lake a destination worth visiting again and again: Seventy-two peaks over…

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4 Spring Itineraries in Estes Park

Spring is a special time in Estes Park. It’s somewhere between winter and summer (duh) and you can never be too sure what kind of adventure you’re going to have; it could be snow-filled, it could be soaking up sun. Either way, here are four different ways to do Estes in the spring, for every type of…

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9 Best Winter Hikes Around Estes Park

Winter is a great time to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Estes Park in Colorado. The trails in and around Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado are great any time of the year, but they are particularly spectacular when coated in sparkling white powder. Winter is a bit…

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Ice Climbing: The Estes Park Area is a Great Place to Learn

Colorado Mountain School Estes Park, Colorado, is the perfect basecamp for outdoor adventures, and the fun doesn’t stop when the mercury drops. Thanks to its high elevation, prolonged cold spells, and proximity to the high-quality ice in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Park area is perfect…

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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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A Different Way Up Old Fall River Road

Don’t drive Old Fall River Road. Old Fall River Road, Trail Ridge Road’s unpaved sister, is closed to vehicle traffic early October through late June. With no cars to limit your view or slow you down, the twists, turns and arguably, the views, are better from good ol’ OFRR. The road itself is dirt…

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How to Beat the Summer Crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is the crown jewel in a state known for its grandeur and scenery. It’s a paradise for anyone who loves sweeping vistas of craggy, snow-capped peaks rising from wildflower-covered tundra. The unparalleled natural beauty makes it the perfect setting for a wild adventure…

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