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Alpine Visitor Center

Set at a lofty height of 11,798 feet (3,596 meters), this high-altitude facility affords far-reaching views across the Rocky Mountain alpine tundra. 

Perched at the top of the scenic Trail Ridge Road, Alpine Visitor Center is the highest located center of its kind in all of the U.S. National Park system. Browse exhibits about the alpine tundra environment, purchase Rocky Mountains-themed souvenirs and admire the extraordinary views across the surrounding mountains.

Travel to the visitor center via Trail Ridge Road. The highest continuous paved road in the country, Trail Ridge Road extends for 48 miles (77 kilometers), from Estes Park in the east of the park all the way to Grand Lake on the west. Enjoy sweeping views across the wilderness as you steer your way along.

At the highest point of the trail sits the Alpine Visitor Center. Inspect the exhibits inside, which detail the flora and fauna of the park. Park rangers are also on hand to answer any questions you may have about the alpine tundra habitat and can also advise you about trails leading off from the center. If you do attempt a trail, remember to drink plenty of water; it’s important to stay hydrated while at high altitude. 

Head out onto the observation deck to marvel at the breathtaking views. Early in the season, the landscape will be covered in snow, while in late summer, alpine wildflowers can be seen in full bloom. See if you can spot any elk roaming around the lower slopes of the park’s peaks. Enjoy a drink in the on-site café and shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. 

To get an idea of the kind of panoramas you can expect from here, look up the Alpine Visitor Center’s webcam online. The webcam faces east from the observation deck, overlooking Fall River Cirque, a valley carved by glaciers. 

Find the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park at the junction of Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. The center is open daily from around late May until late October. The center is only open when Trail Ridge Road is accessible; check online to see the status of the road before you set off. A parking lot and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are located on site. 


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Stanley Hotel $229
Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel

333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park
     
    3.9
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    Built in 1909, this grand Georgian-style hotel is located in the small resort town of Estes Park, 7500 feet above sea level; Rocky Mountain National Park is 5 miles and Denver is 72 miles away.

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      4.5
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      Situated on a river, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Historic Fall River Hydroplant, Fall River Visitor Center, and Fall River Entrance Station. Performance Park and Mrs. Walsh's Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        4.2
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        Situated in Estes Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Fall River Hydroplant, Fall River Visitor Center, and Fall River Entrance Station. Horseshoe Park and Performance Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Ponderosa Lodge $120
        Ponderosa Lodge

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        1820 Fall River Road, Estes Park
           
          4.2
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          Situated on the riverwalk, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Performance Park, Mrs. Walsh's Garden, and Historic Estes Park. Historic Park Theatre and Historic Fall River Hydroplant are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Boulder Brook on Fall River $230
          Boulder Brook on Fall River

          Boulder Brook on Fall River

          1900 Fall River Road, Estes Park
             
            4.8
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            The Evergreens On Fall River $299
            The Evergreens On Fall River

            The Evergreens On Fall River

            1500 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park
               
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              Situated on the waterfront, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Historic Fall River Hydroplant, Fall River Visitor Center, and Fall River Entrance Station. Performance Park and Mrs. Walsh's Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Timber Creek Chalets
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              Timber Creek Chalets

              2115 Fall River Road, Estes Park
                 
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                Situated in Estes Park, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Historic Fall River Hydroplant, Fall River Visitor Center, and Fall River Entrance Station. Performance Park and Mrs. Walsh's Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Camelot on Deer Mountain - Enjoy Comfortable Living and Amazing Views From This Home Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park!
                Camelot on Deer Mountain - Enjoy Comfortable Living and Amazing Views From This Home Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park!

                Camelot on Deer Mountain - Enjoy Comfortable Living and Amazing Views From This Home Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park!

                , Estes Park
                   
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                  Situated in Estes Park, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Historic Fall River Hydroplant, Fall River Visitor Center, and Fall River Entrance Station. Performance Park and Mrs. Walsh's Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).