Guests who stay overnight in the Estes Park Local Marketing District pay a lodging tax on the total amount of their stay for all stays less than 30 days. The current lodging tax percentage collected is 2%.
The lodging tax funds the Local Marketing District (dba Visit Estes Park) for the purpose of promoting tourism in the Estes Park area in order to support our vibrant mountain town with a balance of business success, positive and memorable experiences for guests and a meaningful quality of life for our community.
A new law signed by Governor Polis expands the use of local lodging tax revenue to address gaps in the need for workforce housing and childcare.
For the legislation to be applicable to the local Estes Valley community, there must be a ballot initiative where voters decide if they should authorize the use of new or existing lodging tax revenue for investments in workforce housing and childcare. Larimer County, The Town of Estes Park and the Visit Estes Park Board of Directors are working together to put an initiative on the November 2022 ballot.
The Tax Extension will increase funding for workforce housing and childcare options in the Estes Valley, while preserving essential funds for tourism marketing. This ensures that we can maintain and grow the benefits that tourism brings to the valley, as well as a sustainable community ecosystem for local workers to live and prosper.