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.
The breathtaking mountain views and alpine inspiration of these annual races keep spirits high, even during the longest of races. Whether you are looking to run the trails or are going for endurance, Estes Park summer races will challenge you, leaving you in awe of both yourself and your surroundings.
May 1, 2021
Kick starting the Estes Park Duck Race Festival, runners enjoy this Spring time run and take part in the fundraising efforts for local charities. Bring your friends and family for this terrific event! Registration & Information.
May 15, 2021
This fun race starts and ends at Rock Cut Brewing Co. It is an untimed, open course, 5k-ish fun-run. All levels of walkers, runners, and joggers are welcome. Each route is created to show off the surrounding neighborhood. Check back for more information.
June 19, 2021
Bring the entire family to Estes Park for a weekend of running in the mountains. Open meadows. Forested and stream-lined residential roads. Looming, spectacular peaks stretching toward the sky. All are integral to the Estes Park Marathon course that is known for having the highest paved route in the nation. Bond Park in downtown Estes Park is the perfect spot for kid's activities and races
KIDS, KIDS, KIDS: BIKE, RUN, FUN! Festival
Located at downtown Bond Park, kids and adults of all ages are welcome join the fun! Kids run race starts at 10:30AM. Live music, games, face painting, bouncing obstacle courses.
Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon (with 10K, 5k races and marathon relay)
Celebrating over 15 years of fantastic racing, this weekend of running events honors families and a life time of fitness! Bring the family and enjoy a race distance for everyone! The new marathon course starts from the Dao House, and all races finish at the Estes Park Track and Field. Registration and more information.
Get some fresh air. Escape to the mountains! With the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 5K, and Elk Double (Half Marathon + 5K) you can choose your own adventure! Registration and more information.
This race offers a short challenging ascent at a distance of either 4 or 6.75 miles. The Estes Trail Ascent captures scenery you will want to return to, even when you are not racing! The Estes Trail Ascent is created and organized by the Estes Park Running Club and is part of the last event of the US Trail Conference. Information & Registration.
October 2, 2021
With the Fall Season, Estes Park shines in colors and wilderness experiences! Join us as we acknowledge this unique season at the Rut Run 5k, part of Elk Fest. Kick starting the weekend of events, the 5K (3.1 miles) race offers a short and scenic tour of fall colors, grand views and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance). Starting and finishing at downtown’s Bond Park, runners, joggers, walkers and strollers, will head west on Elkhorn Ave and join the River Walk path at the Performance Park parking lot. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear the sounds of Fall River and pass by the historic residence of F.O. Stanley on the Wonder View return route. This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. More information & registration.