Fire officials from the East Troublesome Fire Thompson Zone Incident Management Team and local authorities have downgraded the evacuation status for the Estes Valley. Estes Park is now open to visitors. However, it is not business as usual in Estes Park. The East Troublesome Fire Thompson Zone is still a potential threat to the Estes Valley and businesses may not be operating as normal.

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Top 10 Trails for Leaf Peeping

Autumn in the Estes Valley is a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures, the elk rut, and of course, fall colors. These brilliant leaves can add a new dynamic to an already wonderful hike. Reminder: pets are not allowed on trails in the national park. Each hike on this list is inside the…

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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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Estes Park Fall Photography Guide

We are lucky in Colorado to get to experience such vivid changes of seasons, especially the one that happens when the trees start to paint the mountainside with bright reds, oranges and yellows. Photographers, whether that’s with their fancy lenses or their iPhones, flock to capture this beauty in…

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5 Fall Itineraries in Estes Park

5 ways to do fall in Estes. Leaf Peeper There are so many ways to see the leaves. Hiking and scenic drives are the most obvious – and for good reason! Check out our 10 favorite trails for leaf-peeping, because the only thing more magical than seeing the golden aspens from afar, is walking through…

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Best Places to View the Perseids in Estes Park

The Perseid Meteor shower is an annual spectacle of "shooting stars," and Estes Park and its surrounding public lands are a great place to view it. Here's how--and when. What The Perseid Meteor shower occurs when the Earth's orbit passes through the trail left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris…

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10 Best Lake Hikes Around Estes Park

The classic Colorado mountain town of Estes Park is nestled in an upland valley on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. On warm summer days, there’s nothing better than hiking up an alpine trail to one of the pristine lakes surrounding the town. Crystal-clear water reflects snow-capped…

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Best Places to Stop and Selfie in Estes Park

If you’re doing anything, and not posting it on Instagram, what’s the point of doing it? Kidding--we love good, authentic outdoor experiences and digital detox--but in the "pics or it didn't happen" ethos, we wanted to share some of our favorite places around Estes to induce severe FOMO in your…

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6 Best Places to See Wildflowers Around Estes Park

Estes Park, Colorado is one of the finest places in America to see an incredible range of wildflowers. Once the snow begins to melt in early summer, the wildflowers don’t take long to pop out. Higher elevations are often snow-covered into July, but closer to town, you’ll find posies in June. As a…

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Best Beaches around Estes Park

Yes, we did say beaches. No, we don't mean the kind with tides where you can surf and breathe the salty air or pretend you're on Baywatch. But if you want to get some sand between your toes after a little hike, we've got some high mountain Estes-Beach ideas for you. Lake Estes While the lake is the…

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