Estes Park - North Central Colorado

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Experience Estes Park, Colorado

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 Scenic Byway, the highest continuous paved road in the United States.

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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

Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park
Scenic views: wildlife out your door. Secluded. 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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Featured Estes Park Businesses

Allenspark Lodge - Classic Mountain B&B
Hearty mountain breakfasts at an Authentic 1930s log lodge in Allenspark, CO. 12 rooms for romance, scrap-booking or a getaway. Near Estes Park: shop and dine. Unwind: hike, site-see, winter snowshoe.

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Aspen Winds on Fall River - Vacation Suites
Family Suites and Spa-Suites with private balcony or deck, fireplace and WiFi near Rocky Mountain National Park along Fall River in Estes Park. Aspen Winds offers Romance and Snowshoe Packages.

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Bear Paw Cabin and Waggin Tails Ranch
DOGGIE FRIENDLY! Bear Paw Cabin and the Waggin Tails Ranch are beautiful private rentals: Yards, BBQ, patios, kitchens, quality linens, fireplaces, WiFi, TV, washer/dryer. Excellent value in Estes Park.

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Blackhawk Cabins - Real Log Cabins In Estes Park
Blackhawk Cabins are 2 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Fish Fall River. Relaxing Riverside Hot Tub. LOG CABINS in Estes Park: Woodburning fireplace, good WiFi, kitchen, loft with pine interior.

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Estes Park ATV Rentals
Kawasaki T-Rex ATV 1-4 riders; Rent your UTV in Estes Park: 3 or 6.5 hours. Off-Road Rentals are licensed to drive on all roads! Visit 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains. Unguided adventures!

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Evergreens On Fall River: Cabins and A Vacation Home
Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation home in Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds The Evergreens. Romance Package: roses, spa, chocolates.

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Hideout Cabins - Pet Friendly - Hot Tubs
Semi-secluded vacation retreats (in different mountain towns) near Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and Lyons. Hideout Cabins are pet-friendly with private hot tubs and woodstoves.

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LaVern Johnson Park and Campground
LaVern Johnson family campground, along St Vrain Creek, is in Lyons near Boulder, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Amenities: Full hookup and tent sites, huge playground, picnic shelters.

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Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park
Scenic views: wildlife out your door. Secluded. 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
Estes Park is RIGHT HERE --A Family Vacation. 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
Pony rides for the Li'l Cowpokes! 45 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, scenic.

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Pine Haven Resort - Estes Park Cabins on Fall River
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

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 rentals are pet friendly!

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River Bend Mountain Retreat
Cozy cabin mountain retreat, Near Lyons, Estes Park and Allenspark, along the Middle St Vrain River. Fish the bend! Count the stars. Hike and snowshoe in Roosevelt National Forest. Dogs welcome. WiFi.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting Trips, Kayak Instruction, Gear Rentals and Retail Shop
Rocky Mountain Adventures start in Fort Collins: whitewater rafting, SUPing, kayaking, river tubing on the Cache la Poudre River, designated Wild and Scenic. Winter rentals sledding gear, XC skis, snowshoes.

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Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Cabins
YEAR ROUND Cabins near Estes Park in Allenspark. 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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Estes Park Activities & Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Rocky Mountain National Park

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

Hiking Trails:
Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Trails

Big Thompson River Fishing Map
Lake Estes Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Cache la Poudre River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Roosevelt National Forest Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park Snowshoeing Trails

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


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