Estes Park - North Central Colorado

Includes Drake

 

When Joel Estes first visited the Estes valley on a hunting trip in Colorado, October of 1859, he thought the valley held promise as a cattle ranch. He and his wife Patsy moved the family into two log cabins near what is now Estes Park, Colorado. The public soon learned about the beauty of the high mountain valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks when William Byers published his adventures from climbing Longs Peak in 1868. Soon others came to trap, prospect, hunt, and view the scenery, and tourism increased even more. Though the area never gained reputation as a cattle ranch like Joel Estes thought, the town has become one of the most visited places in Colorado. Entering Estes Park is like being embraced by the Mountains! Estes Park, Colorado is home to more than 300 retail stores and a restaurant scene that rivals any mountain town in the state. There are no commercial businesses in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park so, many visitors head to Estes Park to satisfy their appetite. With its scenic Riverwalk and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, Estes Park entices vacationers to linger for as long they want. Lake Estes offers tranquil boating, and mountain biking and horseback trails forge into the adjacent forests and meadows. While summer is certainly prime season, Estes Park is a wonderful winter respite; as you soak in a hot tub and watch the snowflakes gently fall, you'll be far away from any cares. In fall, aspens glow golden throughout, as the whole town turns out to celebrate the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival.

Herd of elk at Estes Park, Colorado
Elk are Plentiful in Estes Park - Keep your Phones & Cameras Handy
Kids Hiking near Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park offers hiking trails suitable for all ages and skill levels - Go Explore!

 

Lyons, Colorado is an intimate community, known as the "Double Gateway" to the Rockies for its dual highways that take you up the North and South St. Vrain Canyons to Rocky Mountain National Park, 20 miles west. The Historic District has 16 buildings featuring fine craftsmanship and the stunning beauty of sandstone, their native rock. A mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and musicians, with 17 restaurants to choose from, many feature live music. Enjoy regional and national acts at Planet Bluegrass where the North St. Vrain Creek winds through the festival grounds making for a cool, relaxed outdoor music experience. Enjoy a mountain bike ride to Hall Ranch, rock climb at Button Rock or kayak the Whitewater Park in Meadow Park. Float on a tube down the North St. Vrain Creek, off road up Bunce School Road near Allenspark or hike around Rabbit Mountain. Take a scenic drive up the South St. Vrain Canyon to the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and enjoy the Rocky Mountain views.

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep near Estes Park and Loveland, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep can be seen from the road on US 34 in Big Thompson Canyon
Fox near Estes Park, Colorado
Roosevelt National Forest is Home to a Large Assortment of Wildlife

 

Drake and Glen Haven are both on Highway 34 between Estes Park and Loveland as the highway meanders along the Big Thompson River. The canyon community of Drake was originally called "The Forks" by early settlers due to its location at the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork of the Big Thompson River. In the late 1800s, Frank Bartholf owned the land where the River Forks Stage Stop now stands. His large herd of cattle grazed under the watchful eye of Louis Papa, stepson of Loveland's first permanent settler, Mariano Medina. When visiting Estes Park, be sure to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The eastern gate to the park is located at the edge of Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is also home to Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States.

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The Breath Taking Views around Lake Estes
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Lake Estes in the Winter Time

 

Estes Park Whitewater Park is right in the heart of Estes Park on Fall River right alongside the Riverwalk. All levels of experience are welcome because you'll have a unique experience no matter what.

Estes Park is near: Allenspark, Loveland & Lyons

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Premium Estes Park Businesses

Estes Park ATV Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
2-6 person UTV, 1-2 person ATV Rentals: unguided adventures! We take you to the trailheads! Visit a 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains near Estes Park, Colorado. Maps provided!

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading 


Estes Park Condos: Antlers Pointe, Bugle Pointe, Creekside Condos & Suites  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
3 Estes Park getaways: ANTLERS POINTE, BUGLE POINTE, CREEKSIDE. Spacious condos in a pine grove, along a secluded stretch of Fall River -- fishing. We have PACKAGES Winter Getaway & Romance.

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Lazy R Cottages  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Rocky Mountain National Park - a radiant mountain stay. 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom vacation cottages (kitchens or kitchenettes), fireplaces, decks below Estes Park. Some of the Lazy R cabins have personal hot tubs.

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Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Secluded -- Surrounded by scenic views, pines, wildlife. Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, immaculately clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, clean mountain air and hiking trails!

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Marys Lake Lodge Mountain Resort and Condos  Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Richly-appointed modern condos with spectacular mountain views near Estes Park. Stroll to Marys Lake fishing. Resort Amenities: Lodge Restaurant, seasonal outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Weddings.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES: trout fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking in the Rocky Mountains on the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Cache la Poudre River. Headquarters Fort Collins.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Resorts  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business Link to special offers and discounts icon
Seven beautiful resorts -- budget cottages to luxury homes and everything in between. Rocky Mountain Resorts knows Estes Park! Many units have full kitchens and personal hot tubs. Some are dog-friendly.

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Featured Estes Park Businesses

Allenspark Lodge - Classic Mountain B&B  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Hearty mountain breakfasts at an Authentic 1930s log lodge in Allenspark, CO. 12-romantic rooms for retreats, getaways, scrap-booking. Come, unhook and unwind: hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing.

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Annie's Mountain Retreat & Guest House  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Romantic Hide-A-Way near Rocky Mountain National Park. An ideal Estes Park retreat for couples with private hot tubs. Annie's mountain cabins are fully furnished and overlook the Big Thompson River.

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Aspen Winds on Fall River  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Rocky Mountain National Park along Fall River in Estes Park. Aspen Winds has Special Occasion and Snowshoe Packages. Vacation Suites with private balcony or deck, jetted-tub, fireplaces. Free WI-FI.

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Bear Paw Cabin & Double K Ranch  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
GOOD DOGS WELCOME! Excellent value in Estes Park. Bear Paw Cabin and the Double K Ranch are beautiful private rentals: full kitchens, fireplaces, yards for picnics, nice baths, and linens, 2-10 guests.

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Blackhawk Cabins - Real Log Cabins In Estes Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
THE ONLY LOG CABIN IN ESTES PARK; all have woodburning fireplaces, lofts, pine interiors, kitchens, cable TV, WI-FI. Blackhawk Lodges is 5 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. Relax - riverside hot tub.

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Deer Crest Resort  link to Colorado vacation
Beautiful riverfront resort in Estes Park. Deer Crest is SMOKE-FREE! The perfect year-round mountain getaway for Adults looking for affordable quality lodging. Enclosed indoor hot tub overlooking the river.

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DM RV Repair - Mobile Service Inc.  link to Colorado vacation
Servicing Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 1999, for all your repair needs. All RV, Horse, Utility and Boat Trailers. DM RV Repair is an authorized Mobile Service for RV components and builders.

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Estes Park ATV Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
2-6 person UTV, 1-2 person ATV Rentals: unguided adventures! We take you to the trailheads! Visit a 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains near Estes Park, Colorado. Maps provided!

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading 


Estes Park Center® - YMCA of the Rockies  link to Colorado vacation
Affordable year-round Estes Park lodging. YMCA Center offers meals and activities for your family! Play in our Rockies: horseback ride, hike into National Park, fish, swim, mini-golf, disc golf, snow-shoe, and ski.

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Estes Park Condos: Antlers Pointe, Bugle Pointe, Creekside Condos & Suites  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
3 Estes Park getaways: ANTLERS POINTE, BUGLE POINTE, CREEKSIDE. Spacious condos in a pine grove, along a secluded stretch of Fall River -- fishing. We have PACKAGES Winter Getaway & Romance.

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Estes Park Rentals, Inc  link to Colorado vacation
In Estes Park, vacation homes, cabins and condos rentals focused on YOUR Family! Decks with BBQ grills and views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Save on off-season rated in winter and early spring.

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Evergreens On Fall River: Cabins and Vacation Homes  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation homes in Estes Park. Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. The Evergreens is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park. Gift certificates. Romance Packages.

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Golden Leaf Inn - An Estes Park Bed & Breakfast  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
To Dream is to Heal; Relax, De-Stress in Estes Park CO. A Traditional Bed and Breakfast Inn on 5 acres with modern amenities. Every Golden Leaf room has beautiful views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Hideout Cabins  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Charming, pet-friendly, semi-secluded vacation homes close to Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Lyons. Hideout Cabins: riverfront, private hot tubs, woodstoves. Each rental is unique!

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Lazy R Cottages  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Rocky Mountain National Park - a radiant mountain stay. 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom vacation cottages (kitchens or kitchenettes), fireplaces, decks below Estes Park. Some of the Lazy R cabins have personal hot tubs.

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Loveland Heights Cottages  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Vacation along the Big Thompson River near Estes Park. Step back in time at Loveland Heights with old world charm and modern amenities. Ask about seasonal Family Cottages or Winter Suites for couples.

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Lyons Meadow RV Park & Campground  link to Colorado vacation
Family Campground bordered by North St. Vrain River and Lyons Sandstone cliffs near Boulder and Estes Park. Full hookup RV sites. Tenting area in an open Meadow. Rent the Park's shelter facilities.

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Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Secluded -- Surrounded by scenic views, pines, wildlife. Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, immaculately clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, clean mountain air and hiking trails!

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Marys Lake Lodge Mountain Resort and Condos  Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Richly-appointed modern condos with spectacular mountain views near Estes Park. Stroll to Marys Lake fishing. Resort Amenities: Lodge Restaurant, seasonal outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Weddings.

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Middle Fork Cabins, Raymond  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cozy cabins nestled near the secluded town of Raymond -- population 60. Middle Fork borders Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. 30 minutes to: Estes Park, Boulder, Lyons.

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Misty Mountain Lodge - Vacation Cabin Retreat  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
A Family Vacation -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE. Our Lodge Guests: It's so beautiful here -- a cabin retreat surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular misty mountain backdrop, it feels like you're in nature.

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National Park Gateway Stables & Cowpoke Corner Corral  link to Colorado vacation
42 YEARS; 2 CORRAL STABLES in Estes Park we know this corner of Colorado! Gateway into Rocky Mountain National Park: horse trail rides, leisurely-pace, safe and scenic. Pony rides for the li'l cowpoke!

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Pine Haven Resort - Estes Park Cabins on Fall River  link to Colorado vacation
A family resort haven near Estes Park: knotty-pine mountain cabins, fort playground, chairs along Fall River, a gazebo with a hot tub, a basketball court, and an outdoor cooking patio for summer barbecuing.

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Pinebrook Vacation Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Vacation at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, Pinebrook fits your budget from Cozy Rustic Cabins hidden in the pines to Exquisite Mountain Homes full of amenities. Some Pet Friendly Rentals!

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Riverview RV Park and Campground  link to Colorado vacation
Along the pleasant Big Thompson River with riverviews, fishing and shaded RV sites. Camp west of Loveland enroute to Estes Park. Vacation cabins for rent. Walking trail and playground. OPEN ALL YEAR.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES: trout fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking in the Rocky Mountains on the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Cache la Poudre River. Headquarters Fort Collins.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Resorts  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business Link to special offers and discounts icon
Seven beautiful resorts -- budget cottages to luxury homes and everything in between. Rocky Mountain Resorts knows Estes Park! Many units have full kitchens and personal hot tubs. Some are dog-friendly.

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Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Year round cabins near Allenspark and Estes park. Sunshine Mountain is along the scenic Peak to Peak Highway. A family reunion lodge in the mountains when you need to get-a-way . . . Pets welcomed!

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Wildwood - Estes Park's Premier Inn and Spa  link to Colorado vacation
Pick a river or mountainside luxurious suite, home, or studio all with private decks, fireplaces. Wildlife viewing at Wildwood. Pamper yourself at Estes Park's Premier Inn at our intimate on-site Day Spa.

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

DM RV Repair - Mobile Service Inc.  link to Colorado vacation
Servicing Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 1999, for all your repair needs. All RV, Horse, Utility and Boat Trailers. DM RV Repair is an authorized Mobile Service for RV components and builders.

RV Services, Sales and Information 



Estes Park Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Byways:
Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
Rocky Mountain Irish Festival

Hiking Trails:
Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Trails

Fishing:
Big Thompson River Fishing Map
Lake Estes Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Cache la Poudre River Rafting & Kayaking

Snowshoeing:
Rocky Mountain National Park Snowshoeing Trails

Local Area Maps:
Estes Park Area Map
Rocky Mountain National Park Area Map


 
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