Estes Park, CO

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Estes Park featuring tranquil scenes, landscape views and mountains
This high-altitude settlement, set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, offers mountain-town charm, wonderful wildlife watching and four-season outdoor adventure.

Located at an elevation of 7,520 feet (2,290 meters) above sea level, Estes Park is frequently described as “base camp” for Rocky Mountain National Park. Outdoor adventure dominates the agenda here throughout the year. Go cycling, hiking, climbing, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding during warmer weather or skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and sledding during the snowy winters.

Estes Park’s most popular attraction is Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415-square-mile (1,075-square-kilometer) expanse of mountainous wilderness. Choose from more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) of hiking trails or drive along the stunningly scenic Trail Ridge Road, which features viewpoints overlooking magnificent alpine and subalpine surroundings. The park, home to everything from elk, beavers and bears, to moose, marmots and mountain lions, is also an excellent wildlife-watching zone. Take part in ranger-led tours or head to one of the park’s visitor centers to find out more about the environments.

For more high-energy fun, try climbing at Lumpy Ridge andLongs Peak. Cycling tours are also available from operators in Estes Park. During winter, glide along cross-country ski trails, don snowshoes for trekking or sled down Hidden Valley, the only place in the park where sledding is not prohibited.

Back in town, enjoy a ride on the scenic Estes Park Aerial Tram, which transports visitors to the top of Prospect Mountain during the summer months. During warmer weather, stroll along the Riverwalk and browse the independent shops and galleries of downtown.

Wineries and breweries are dotted around the region. Sip locally made wines and decorate wine glasses at Snowy Peaks Winery, taste craft brews at Rock Cut Brewing Company and pull up a stool at the tasting room at Dancing Pines Distillery, which produces small-batch spirits including rums, whiskeys and liqueurs.

Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers’ opening hours change seasonally so check them online before you go. Estes Park is located around a 90-minute drive from Denver and a 60-minute drive from Boulder. From May through October, a free shuttle system carries visitors around town and serves major routes in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Where to stay in Estes Park

Rocky Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
Rocky Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
3 out of 5
1701 N Lake Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517
The price is $119 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Estes Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.1/5 (1,469 reviews)
"Not sure about the very negative reviews we read prior to our stay. We found staff friendly, and the value we expected was provided. Found the hotel to be older, but our room was clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Rocky Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
The Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
101 S Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $203 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Estes Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Loved the pool area- after hiking all day was great spot to relax, recover for the next day."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

The Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection
Discovery Lodge
Discovery Lodge
2.5 out of 5
800 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517
The price is $140 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this golf hotel in Estes Park. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"We enjoyed the convenience of the location and the views. The locks and key system on the doors are very sketchy, and you can not walk the grounds because of all the goose, elk, and dog feces. It was a decent place to stay but not worth the price. There are safer locations in town with more amenities ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Discovery Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
River Ridge Cottages
River Ridge Cottages
3 out of 5
1752 Highway 66, Estes Park, CO, 80517
The price is $173 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Estes Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an area shuttle. Popular attractions Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Tiny Town ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"It was a perfect place to stay for our visit to Rocky Mountain national park."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

River Ridge Cottages
Colorado Cottages
Colorado Cottages
3 out of 5
1241 High Drive, Estes Park, CO, 80517
The price is $194 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3-star golf cottage in Estes Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (192 reviews)
"The view was great it was peaceful and quiet ☺️☺️"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Colorado Cottages
Streamside on Fall River
Streamside on Fall River
3 out of 5
1260 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO, 80517
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Estes Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (270 reviews)
Peaceful & charming
"This is an amazing place. We loved our cabin & the sound of the river was so relaxing."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Streamside on Fall River
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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