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9 Reasons to Come to Estes Park This Winter

When you think of your winter mountain getaway, do you want myriad options for snowy outdoor adventure like snowshoeing, cross-country, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, tubing, and sledding? Are you looking for a historic, picturesque main street with dozens of boutique shops, restaurants, and…

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Best Estes Park Elk Photos from the 2019 Rut

The elk rut is a magical time of year when you'll hear bugles echoing around the valley and find bulls sparring and rounding up their harems. It's the pinnacle of wildlife watching, requiring a telephoto lens, binoculars, and safety (for yourself and the animals) at the forefront. It's important to…

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Deer, elk, moose: what’s the difference?

These mighty four-legged creatures inspire wonder and awe… and sometimes confusion. If you’ve ever wondered how they’re different, read on. First. Let’s be honest, many of us haven’t just wondered how they’re different. Many of us have wondered, at times, which one we are actually looking at –…

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An Insider’s Guide to Wildlife Watching in Estes Park

There are countless draws to visit Estes Park, Colorado: Seeing the wildlife that inhabit the high-altitude Rocky Mountains is near the top of the list. The area is home to dozens of species of mammals, more than 250 types of birds, and even a handful of amphibian and reptile species. No matter…

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How to Be Bear Aware in Estes Park

How to Be Bear Aware in Estes Park Tips from the experts at Colorado Parks and Wildlife to keep yourself and Yogi safe Wildlife sightings are some of the best parts of the Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park experience. The chance to spot wildlife in the mountains is probably one of the top…

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#WildlifeWednesdayEP May 2018

The theme for May's #WildlifeWednesdayEP was Birds of Estes Park and RMNP! Use #WildlifeWednesdayEP and tag @VisitEstesPark for a chance to be featured on Instagram in June! You can catch these…

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#WildlifeWednesdayEP February 2018

Our Wildlife Wednesday has moved from Facebook to Instagram. Based on a monthly theme (February is Foxes) we share your wildlife photos! Post them on Instagram using #WildlifeWednesdayEP, tag us…

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Tips for the Best Elktober Escape

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…

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Top 5 Things to Do in Estes Park

Estes Park, Colorado is the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, which is celebrating a century of mountain exploration, outdoor adventures and fun getaways. Whether you are looking for an…

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