The gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park offers an unparalleled mountain town experience in Colorado's Front Range. Hop on Trail Ridge Road to enter the park and explore its many trailheads, scenic viewpoints, and the Alpine Visitor Center. You might make it all the way to the west side of the park at Grand Lake or save that for another day. Along with Rocky Mountain National Park, the town is bordered by Roosevelt National Forest, offering equally stunning hiking trails and natural attractions. In the summer and fall months, try a horseback ride up to Bridal Veil Falls, go SUPing on Lake Estes, whitewater rafting on the Cache la Poudre River, climb to the summit of Longs Peak, or fly fishing along the Thompson River. The options are endless when it comes to biking and hiking as well. The Aerial Tramway is worth a ride and if you are in town in early July, don't miss the Rooftop Rodeo. In the winter months, skiers will have fun at Eldora, Granby Ranch, or Winter Park. But the park also offers great terrain for cross country skiing and snowshoeing adventures.
Located northwest of Denver, it's easiest to fly into DIA and rent a car. There is also an Estes Park Shuttle that offers transportation to/from the airport and around town. From Estes Park the Rocky Mountain National Park shuttle offers frequent transportation in the summer months to campgrounds and trailheads on the eastern slope of the park. Trail Ridge Road, connecting Estes Park to Grand Lake, closes in the winter months. In Estes Park, there is a variety of lodging and dining options to suit most budgets. Summer is by far the busiest time of year to visit.
Things to Do
Rocky Mountain National Park: Discover endless hiking trails to magnificent waterfalls, campgrounds beneath forested canopies, and wildlife sightings around every corner.
Historic Stanely Hotel: Book a night, or at least a tour, in this historic and haunted hotel.
Hiking in the Mummy Range: Explore this remote and secluded area of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Summit Longs Peak: This 14,255 foot peak is a challenging scramble that can be tackled in a two-day excursion.
Fly Fish the Big Thompson River: Cast a line anywhere between Lake Estes and the confluence with the the North Fork.
Drive Trail Ridge Road: This 48 mile stretch of road offers spectacular views and switchbacks its way over the park, connecting the east side of the park (Estes Park) to the west (Grand Lake).
Historic MacGregor Ranch: Dating back to the 1870s, the MacGregor Ranch offers a window into the past.