Creating a Lifetime of Memories
Simply put, Estes Park caters to families. In the village, in Rocky Mountain National Park and in the grand spaces in between, opportunities abound for moms and dads, sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers to do things together. It could be something as modest as sharing an ice cream cone or as monumental as catching a first fish. A mix of man-made amusements-slides, zip lines, miniature golf, go karts and more-complements natural fun-wildlife, mountains, lakes and forests, ensuring everyone finds something of interest to share.
In a place as scenic as Estes Park, it makes sense that families enjoy each other outdoors. And they can be as active as they like. Hikes, short and long, show off the area, including Longs Peak, Lake Estes and Twin Owls. Strings of horseback riders wend along dirt trails through Roosevelt National Forest. Youngsters giggle with delight while bicycling around Lake Estes, perhaps racing cousins or even parents. Go on a treasure hunting adventure finding local geocaches. On a scenic drive, families might play a game of eye spy, peering into open green meadows for a glimpse of wildlife (often elk) while sharing stories and admiring the surrounding towering peaks. Even a simple picnic in one of the village parks makes a great way to bring families together.
Indoors, too, families make memories together. Dressing up in vintage western wear, they pose for portraits. Or, they might visit one of the area museums to get acquainted with regional art, history and the land. Even while shopping, families gather to watch glass-blowing demonstrations. For a more active outing, they might try rock climbing inside at one of the highest rock-climbing gyms in northern Colorado. The gym welcomes people who have never before tried climbing as well as veterans who have been doing it for years.
Estes Park Events Complex
- February 19, 2017
- Location: 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park Events Complex, CO
- Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Price: $10 admission for first attendee, $5 for each additional attendee
Whether you are planning a large destination wedding or an intimate mountain affair, The Estes Park Wedding Association’s qualified members are ready to assist in making your dream wedding day perfect and easy to plan! After you meet with our wedding professionals, enter to win a chance at our grand prize drawing for two.
- Recurring weekly on Friday
- Location: 1895 Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, Estes Park, CO
- Phone: (970) 586-3262
- Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
- Price: $40 per adult
This course will be a condensed overview of the avalanche phenomenon with a goal of participants being able to identify how, when, where and why avalanches are likely to occur in Rocky Mountain National Park. After a study of avalanches for one and one-half hours in the classroom, we will travel to Hidden Valley and during a two-hour hike, study the snowpack and terrain aspects of avalanches and review the basics of avalanche rescue techniques.
Bear Lake Park & Ride – Rocky Mountain National Park
- January 14, 2017
- Time: 10 am – 3 pm
- Price: Free – National Park Entrance Fee Applies
Snow is no reason to stop hiking! Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, why pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long? Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter.
Watch live igloo making demonstrations by Grand Shelters, from 10am – 2pm. Grand Shelters is rewriting the book on winter camping, providing resources and equipment to support your overnight winter adventure!
Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays . Bring food and water. Note: Beginning at 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment will be restricted; so be sure to arrive early enough so that you can demo each and every model! Please bring your driver’s license to registration. For more information visit www.WinterTrails.org and choose, Colorado, Estes Park.
Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Taste award-winning chili at the popular chili cook-off, and sip a variety of beers and wines at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2017 at the Estes Park Events Complex!
- January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017
- Location: 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park Events Complex, CO
- Time: 12pm – 5pm
- Price: Adults 21+ (tasting pass): $30, Ages 10+ (no tasting pass): $17, Ages 4-9: $5
Recreation at Trout Haven fishing pond has never been more fun.
Ice fishing at Trout Haven – protected from the wind by fishing inside ice shanties – is just one of the activities available at the resort. Trout is a cold-water fish, they thrive under the ice. Even in winter, the fishing pond is teeming with stocked trout. Fishing is charged only by the catch – $1 per inch with the average size between 9-14 inches. You won’t need a license or fishing gear to fish at Trout Haven, everything is available for you to use – even if you don’t catch a fish, which is highly unlikely. Each fish caught is cleaned on-site. There are many open grills located on the property for you to cook it yourself; or, if you prefer – your catch can be packed on ice for you.
New this year, they have ice skating on the pond as well. Brand-new skates (including child sizes) can be rented for $2 for the entire day; with pond time available for just $3. As an added attraction, night ice skating is available until 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; the pond is open the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the Trout Haven Resort properties, visit www.trouthavenresorts.com or call 1-800-794-7857.
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
- November 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017
- Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday
- Location: 1000 US Highway 36, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, CO
- Phone: (970) 586-1206
- Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Price: Free
Join a ranger to learn about winter in Rocky Mountain National Park and how humans and animals alike adapt to this beautiful but challenging season.