Estes Park has always been a destination for those looking to explore the Rocky Mountains. One reason for exploration is wellness. One early adopter of the wellness in Estes Park was Isabella Bird, who was prescribed travel to aid her insomnia and blues.
With cycling paths, jogging trails and dozens of rock faces to climb, it's as if Estes Park is a giant natural recreation center. Mountaineers amble up peaks and svelte climbers shimmy up seemingly sheer cliffs. Runners pace themselves across miles of dirt track as cyclists and rollerbladers do the same along a system of more than 30 miles of paved and hard-packed paths. The Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District maintains the trails and seems to keep adding more; when the temperatures drop, cross-country skiers and snowshoers take over those trails.
Indoors, fitness fun continues. Athletic centers welcome the public for classes, weight-training and machine workouts. Plus, the public recreation center and many lodgings' indoor and outdoor pools operate year-round, giving swimmers (and triathletes) a place to practice their strokes.
To support Estes Park's reputation as a destination for keeping fit, various groups host different events, including the Estes Park Marathon and Rocky Mountain Half Marathon; the first-ever trail running conference in the United States and new trail race series; and the annual Yoga Journal Conference in the Rocky Mountains
In truth, the area's a fitness paradise, complete with local practitioners, eager to rub out the kinks and help you feel your best. Experiment with different types of massage, bodywork treatments and more while pushing yourself physically-or just maintaining your regular exercise routine-in this destination of health and wellness.
There's something inherently relaxing about Estes Park-the fresh air, the sweeping mountain views, the welcoming smiles. But sometimes our bodies need an extra incentive or we simply want to treat ourselves. For those moments, massage therapists are available to rub out the kinks and rejuvenate your body. At venues in the village, along the river and inside lodging properties, massage therapists practice a variety of techniques from Swedish and hot-stone therapies to Reiki and reflexology. Local spas indulge clients with body treatments, such as sugar scrubs and mud wraps, plus waxing, manicures and pedicures, and hair services. Take a deep breath of the crisp mountain air and say "Ahh".