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The snowy season in Estes Park offers a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored! Not only does the scenery take on a whole new look, but traffic is lighter and lodging can be found for a bargain, allowing you to tack on another night to your stay! Trail Ridge Road may be closed at high elevations, but Estes is still easily accessible via two well-maintained highways. Highway 36 is a breathtakingly scenic canyon, or take the... more

36 Winter Hours in Estes Park

Posted on March 17, 2017 10:00 AM by Tyler Wilcox
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Winter, Breweries, Downtown, Estes Park, Estes Park Lodging, Food & Drink

It just might be Colorado’s best-kept winter secret. While the rest of the state is battling traffic on I-70 in an attempt to be the first on the slopes, Estes Park – best known for its close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park – is free of crowds but full of fun. Think of it as your affordable mountain village escape, just a short, scenic drive from Denver and Boulder (and only 90 minutes from Denver... more

New Girl in Estes - My First Snowshoe

Posted on March 13, 2017 10:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Rocky Mountain National Park, Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Winter

One of the perks of living in Estes is that everyone wants to visit. Not long ago, my boyfriend and I hosted three couples—close friends of his, each coming from different states. They all possessed varying levels of athletic abilities, cold-weather tolerance and zest for adventure. Snowshoeing , we decided, was the happy medium for everyone. Easy enough to land on our first try and interesting enough to pose a challenge. When... more

5 Hot Drinks to Warm You Up in Estes Park this Winter

Posted on March 3, 2017 10:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Winter

Up in the mountains, we’re not afraid of cool temps. Rather we embrace the weather and find fun ways to get cozy. One of our favorite (and most effective) strategies for heating things up? Drinking something hot and delicious. Sounds like a no-brainer, but we’re not just talking about run-of-the-mill coffee, tea and hot toddy. Estes business owners are a creative bunch and serve up inventive concoctions to match. And as... more

New Girl in Estes - First Colorado Winter

Posted on March 3, 2017 9:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Winter, Estes Park

We ’re kicking off 2017 with a new blog series, which looks at Estes through the eyes of newcomer and journalist, Stephanie Granada. We will follow along as she embarks on snowy adventures for the first time and shares how this beach girl stands up to life in the mountains. Most beach natives don’t move to the mountains of Colorado in late November. They wait for the first signs of spring to bloom before trekking north.... more

Estes Park represents the ideal Rocky Mountain winter wonderland. Many think of Estes Park as a summer hot spot, but the easy drive, low prices and abundance of winter recreation make it the perfect place to hide out for a long weekend and escape the daily grind. Read on to discover more about what makes Estes Park Colorado’s best kept winter secret.  See Tails, Not Taillights When you want to get away in the winter,... more

This guest blog was written by Rachel Balduzzi, Education Director for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy . As winter descends upon the mountains, the urge to get out and explore the snow covered Colorado landscape takes hold.  Some like to ski, some like to snowmobile, some like to ice skate, but for me a snowshoe trek through snow laden evergreens is not only peaceful but provides exercise, not to mention a brief respite from my... more

High Altitude Spiced Apple Turnovers

Posted on December 21, 2016 9:00 AM
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Food & Drink, Estes Park, Winter

Winter has finally made its way to Estes Park! With the glittering snow and twinkling lights on the trees in our beautiful Downtown, I can’t help but feel a little festive! The holidays are right around the corner and I kicked off my holiday season this year by decorating our tiny mountain cabin and whipping up a batch of these tasty Spiced Apple Turnovers! My definition of a perfect Saturday afternoon. Grab your pastry blender... more

Experience Festive Fridays

Posted on December 1, 2016 4:00 PM
Related Categories: Downtown Estes, Things To Do
Tags: Downtown, Estes Park, Events, Shopping, Food & Drink, Holidays, Winter

Every week leading up to Christmas, celebrate the season with holiday shopping in Estes Park during Festive Fridays! Enjoy special offers, live music and treats when you shop participating businesses. Not only is this a great opportunity to pick up the perfect gifts for your loved ones, it's also a fantastic way to shop local, supporting small businesses in Estes Park. Take a break between shops to view the... more

From unique arts to sweet treats, from jaw-droppers to socking suffers, Estes Park has a widevariety of special gifts that are made right here in the Estes Valley! The festive lights are strung downtown, the shops have decorated their windows andthe entire village is buzzing with holiday spirit. But don't worry if you can't make it to Estes this year; many of these one-of-a-kind gifts are available online. Whether you're... more