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Estes Park, CO
Travel Guide

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 and Longs 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

Coyote Mountain Lodge
Coyote Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1340 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO
The price is $119 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Grand Estates, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Estes Marina and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Historic Estes Park and Reel ...
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Great Stay"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Coyote Mountain Lodge
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
The price is $129 per night from May 9 to May 9
This family-friendly Estes Park hotel is located in a national park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Estes Park Museum and Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Stanley Village and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (914 reviews)
"Rooms were clean and comfortable. Game room and pool need attention. My children got a rash from the pool and it left bathing suits and hair smelling horrendous."

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

The Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Estes Park Resort
The Estes Park Resort
3.5 out of 5
1700 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO
The price is $179 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly Estes Park resort is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Estes Marina, Historic Estes Park, and Stanley Village. Estes ...
4/5Very Good! (937 reviews)
"The staff & the GM amazing people highly recommended 5 star with me😄"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

The Estes Park Resort
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.
Vista of Lake Estes - 3 Br Home
Vista of Lake Estes - 3 Br Home
3.5 out of 5
1040 Pine Lane, Estes Park, CO
Located in Grand Estates, this family-friendly Estes Park vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Estes Park, Stanley Village, and Reel Mountain ...
Vista of Lake Estes - 3 Br Home
Poolside Condo w/ Mountain View. 5-minute Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining! Poolside Resort Condo With Mountainside Views. 5 Min Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining!
Poolside Condo w/ Mountain View. 5-minute Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining! Poolside Resort Condo With Mountainside Views. 5 Min Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining!
Estes Park, CO
Located in the heart of Estes Park, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Performance Park and Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Mrs. Walsh's Garden and Historic ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Lovely vacation
"The condo was great for our family of 5. Everything we expected. It was nice having bunk beds in one of the bedrooms. A lot of the rentals we looked at had queen beds and that's not the best for kids, esp since we had teens who did not want to sleep in the same bed! The sofa sleeper was comfortable. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Poolside Condo w/ Mountain View. 5-minute Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining! Poolside Resort Condo With Mountainside Views. 5 Min Walk to Downtown Shopping & Dining!
Riverfront Patio! 5 Minute Walk to Downtown Estes. Steps From Fire pit & Grills. Riverfront Patio! Great Views. Just 5 min Walk to Town
Riverfront Patio! 5 Minute Walk to Downtown Estes. Steps From Fire pit & Grills. Riverfront Patio! Great Views. Just 5 min Walk to Town
Estes Park, CO
This family-friendly resort is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Performance Park and Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Historic Estes Park and Mrs. ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Slept 5 on the River
"Great space as our 2 college girls took the bedroom with the bunk bed, my husband and I the master and my mom the living room on the memory foam pull out couch. 2 bathrooms set up for sharing. Great sleeping with the windows open and the river tumbling past. Easy walk to lots of place to eat."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Riverfront Patio! 5 Minute Walk to Downtown Estes. Steps From Fire pit & Grills. Riverfront Patio! Great Views. Just 5 min Walk to Town
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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Reviews of Estes Park

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

The town has become my new favorite place in Colorado!

5/5 - Excellent

Leo

Jun 5, 2020

It’s a beautiful quiet town in the Rockies, definitely a getaway from Dallas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I really enjoyed the culture, shopping and the local atmosphere. I drove up the mountains twice and loved it both times. It was my first time and definitely not my last. I will be visiting again just for the calm and clean living.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Beautiful town with a full 360 degree view of the mountains. On our first night we saw Elk grazing in the park right downtown.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I would suggest always booking ahead for activities to secure your reservation. Especially after the pandemic when things pick back up.

5/5 - Excellent

Jeff

May 24, 2020

Charming.

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