To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.
Here's a complete list of not-to-miss events in Estes Park.
You can't hike the entire time you're in town, although no one here will blame you for trying. Instead, fill out your trip with local events that will give you a taste of the sights, sounds and flavors of this vibrant little mountain town. Events range from live music (local and nationally acclaimed bands occupy stages here) to arts and craft beverage festivals, outdoor markets and game nights. Find out what is going on in September. Hint: make sure your kilt is ready to wear.
Spend Labor Day weekend in the beautifully centralized Bond Park as you get lost in over 100 booths filled with handcrafted goods from 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday and 9 am - 3 pm on Monday. Find jewelry for you and your best friend to wear home, watercolor, oil paintings and photography for your walls, and other locally-made gems to make your time in Estes Park that much more memorable. This free outdoor event is a sweet farewell to summer and a warm welcome to autumn! More event info here.
Here's where your kilt comes in. Did you know that this is the largest Scottish Irish festival in the country?! Once a year the Estes Park Events Complex (and Estes Park) is overtaken by this lively festival—and kilted attendees. This weekend-long event showcases a variety of events featuring Scottish athletics, shows featuring the best in Celtic rock and folk music and live field performances. If you don't have a kilt, get one. You won't regret it. Check out their website for the range of ticket options available.
Celebrate this colorful season with brats, beer and bands in Bond Park as you appreciate the surrounding fall colors. And believe it or not, the fall colors and with the event are FREE from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Bring the kids so you can enjoy face painting, bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show (the bounce house looks enticing even to adults)! More event info here.
This unique event showcases dedicated model railroaders from Colorado and Wyoming and their extensive layouts. This event also features a “Kids Layout” where children can run the rails themselves, clinics and demo’s on the “how to” of model railroading and more family friendly events! Exhibit hours are from 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday at the Estes Park Event Center. Check their website for the variety of ticket options available.
Rotating singer/songwriters - Every Saturday and Sunday at Coffee on the Rocks until September 5 from 5pm to 8pm
Old Time String Band - Every Monday and Wednesday at Coffee on the Rocks until September 1 from 1pm to 3pm
Spanish & Classical Guitar - Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Twin Owls Steakhouse from 6pm to 9pm