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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.

Lake at Estes Park, Colorado Vacation Directory, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Breath Taking Views around Lake Estes
Lake Estes in the Winter, Colorado Vacation Directory
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  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
TOMCAR ATV 1-4 riders: 3 or 7 hours of true ride time. No helmet, rentals are licensed to drive on roads! Visit 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains near Estes Park, CO. Unguided adventures!

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading 


Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Secluded -- Scenic views, pines, wildlife. Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, beautiful, clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, fresh mountain air and hiking trails! WiFi hot-spots.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing, ATVing Tours  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES: trout fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking on the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, Cache la Poudre River. Side-By-Side ATV Tour in the Rocky Mountains. HQ Fort Collins.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Resorts -- Seven Beautiful Locations in Estes Park  Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
Budget cottages to luxury homes and everything in between -- Seven beautiful locations. 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

A Riverside Resort  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
Private resort homes on The Big Thompson River (2 and 3 bedrooms) 15 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. Riverside fishing on-site. Wrap-around decks with beautiful views. Hiking trails nearby.

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Allenspark Lodge - Classic Mountain B&B  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
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 and Guest House  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Romantic retreat near Rocky Mountain National Park. Annie's mountain guest house and cabins overlook the Big Thompson River - fishing. An ideal Estes Park Hide-A-Way for couples, private hot tubs.

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Aspen Winds on Fall River - Vacation Suites  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
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 and Waggin Tails Ranch  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
GOOD DOGS WELCOME! Excellent value in Estes Park. Bear Paw Cabins and the Waggin Tails Ranch are beautiful private rentals: kitchens, fireplaces, yards for picnics, nice baths, and linens, 1-10 guests.

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Blackhawk Cabins - Real Log Cabins In Estes Park  Email link icon Web page link icon
THE ONLY LOG CABIN IN ESTES PARK; all have woodburning fireplaces, lofts, pine interiors, kitchens, cable TV, WiFi. Blackhawk Lodges is 5 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. Relax - riverside hot tub.

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Blue Door Inn - Step Beyond Ordinary  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
Newly renovated in 2017 the Blue Door Inn offers a host of amenities in Estes Park: Hot tub, swimming pool, picnic areas with BBQs, outdoor games. All rooms: A/C, HDTV, Fridge, Microwave, strong WiFi.

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Colorado Chautauqua at the Foot of Boulder's Flatirons  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
5 EPA Energy Star certified cottages! Lodging adjoins Boulder Mountain Parks, at foot of Boulder's Flatirons, hiking trails. Colorado Chautauqua a living Historic District: 1898 Dining Hall, Ice Cream Store.

cabins Family Friendly Pets Welcome Winter Lodging 


DM RV Repair  Web page link icon
In Loveland, serving Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 1999, for all your repair needs: all RVs, Horse, Utility and Boat Trailers. DM RV Repair is an authorized for RV components and builders.

RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 


Estes Park ATV Rentals  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
TOMCAR ATV 1-4 riders: 3 or 7 hours of true ride time. No helmet, rentals are licensed to drive on roads! Visit 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains near Estes Park, CO. Unguided adventures!

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading 


Estes Park CenterĀ® - YMCA of the Rockies  Web page link icon
AFFORDABLE year-round Estes Park lodging. YMCA Center has meals and activities for your family! Play in our Rockies: horseback ride, snowshoe or hike into National Park, swim, mini-golf, disc golf, and ski.

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

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Evergreens On Fall River: Cabins and A Vacation Home  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation home in Estes Park. The Evergreens is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park. Gift certificates. Romance Packages.

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Hideout Cabins - Pet Friendly - Hot Tubs  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
Charming, semi-secluded vacation homes close to Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Lyons. Hideout Cabins: pet-friendly, riverfront, private hot tubs, woodstoves. Each rental is unique!

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LaVern Johnson Park and Campground  Reservation link icon
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  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Secluded -- Scenic views, pines, wildlife. Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, beautiful, clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, fresh mountain air and hiking trails! WiFi hot-spots.

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Misty Mountain Lodge - Vacation Cabin Retreat  Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
A Family Vacation -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE. Our Lodge Guests say: 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 and Cowpoke Corner Corral  Web page link icon
44 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!

National Parks Horseback Riding More fun things to do 


Pine Haven Resort - Estes Park Cabins on Fall River  Web page link icon
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: Mountain Vacation Destinations  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Some Pet Friendly Rentals! 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.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing, ATVing Tours  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES: trout fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking on the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, Cache la Poudre River. Side-By-Side ATV Tour in the Rocky Mountains. HQ Fort Collins.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Resorts -- Seven Beautiful Locations in Estes Park  Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
Budget cottages to luxury homes and everything in between -- Seven beautiful locations. Rocky Mountain Resorts knows Estes Park! Many units have full kitchens and personal hot tubs. Some are dog-friendly.

cabins motels suites & condos Pets Welcome Pool on site Winter Lodging 


Suites at the Blue Door  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
No Cleaning Fees! In Estes Park the Suites at the Blue Door offer you the amenities you are looking for with no minimum stay: Fireplace, Jacuzzi, outdoor activities, heated swimming pool, year round hot tub.

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Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Cabins  Web page link icon
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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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

DM RV Repair  Web page link icon
In Loveland, serving Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 1999, for all your repair needs: all RVs, Horse, Utility and Boat Trailers. DM RV Repair is an authorized for RV components and builders.

RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 



Estes Park Activities & 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-

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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