Boulder Brook Blog

18th Annual Art Market of Estes Park


  • May 27, 2017 – May 29, 2017
  • Location: 250 Park Lane, Bond Park, CO
  • Phone: 970-586-5882
  • Time: 
    • Sat 05/27/2017: 9 AM – 5 PM
    • Sun 05/28/2017: 9 AM – 5 PM
    • Mon 05/29/2017: 9 AM – 4 PM 
  • Price: Free
  • This is the 18th annual Art Market featuring approximately 100 artists and craftsmen from around the country who join us on Memorial Day weekend to market and sell their fine arts and crafts. This even is a family friendly event with great reviews from artists and attendees and for the kid events.



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Coyote Valley River Walk

Date & Time:  05/28/2017, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Fee Information:  Free

Location: Coyote Valley Trailhead
Explore ecology and history on this easy 1 mile hike along the Colorado River.

For more information, please call 970-586-1206.

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Estes Park Mountain Music Festival

Estes Park Events Complex

  • May 13, 2017
  • Location: 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park Events Complex, CO
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $50 Adults, $40 Students, 12 & Under are Free
  • Don’t miss the inaugural Estes Park Mountain Music Festival. This bluegrass extravaganza features national and local bands. San Francisco’s Front Country, a national touring band, will be headlining. This event is  a fundraiser for the Estes Park School District music programs. Bands include: Front Country, Rapidgrass, Bonnie & the Clydes, Chain Station and Monocle among others.


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Spring Bird Walk

Cub Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park

  • April 25, 2017 – June 15, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Location: Cub Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-1206
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Price: Free
  • Go birding with a local expert at one of the best times of the year!


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FREE Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park

April 15, 2017 – April 16, 2017

Each year, Rocky Mountain National Park and the National Park Service offer fee-free days in honor of national holidays or special Park Service celebrations.

In 2017, these days offer free entry:

  • January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20 – Presidents’ Day
  • April 15 – 16 and 22 – 23 – Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – 12 – Veterans Day Weekend

If you are planning to visit during the fee-free entry days, here are some tips for visiting during those times!   

  •   Avoid the crowds: The park can fill up really fast, especially at popular trailheads, so avoid the crowds and parking problems by either going early in the morning (we mean well before 9 a.m. in the summer) or waiting until late afternoon. Of course, during the summer months you can always catch a shuttle to the popular trails if you don’t mind not parking at the trailhead.
  • Plan around school: If you can make it for the mid-week fee-free days, you may see fewer crowds as kids are in school or families can’t get away for a mid-week, off-season vacation. The winter and early fall dates tend to see less traffic with kids back in school.
  • Pick one trailhead to explore: If you are lucky enough to find parking, pick a trailhead and stick to it! Many have connections to other trailheads or there are a variety of trails with various levels of difficulty off of the same trailhead.
  • Prepare for changing weather: With the park’s high elevation, the weather can change in an instant. Even if you’re visiting in the spring or summer, you have to prepare for cooler weather and potential storms. Pack warm, water repellant layers for your day in the park and be sure to carry a lot of water with you.
  • Hike in the morning, drive in the afternoon: Get your hiking in early and you can spend the rest of the day exploring the park along a scenic drive route and getting your photos taken with stops at the pullouts.

Another great benefit of visiting the park for some of the off-season dates means you’ll find more low-cost lodging near the park, making it an affordable little getaway to explore the park!

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Taste of Estes

April 20, 2017

Location: 2515 Tunnel Road, YMCA of the Rockies, CO

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Come to the 33rd Annual Taste of Estes sponsored by the Quota Club of Estes and sample items from over 30+ local restaurants!


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Become a Junior Ranger Today!


Have fun discovering the natural world while learning about conservation, wildlife, flora fauna.  Anyone can be a Junior Ranger!  Pick up a free activity booklet at any visitor contact station, discover the park, and submit your completed project to a Ranger to earn your Badge.


Junior Ranger Headquarters, located at Moraine Park Discovery Center off Bear Lake Road, welcomes kids of all ages.  Throughout the summer, thirty minute Ranger-led programs focused on kids age 6-12, are offered four times each day, every day at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm.   Participation is free and a parent or adult must be present with children at all times. During the winter and spring months, Junior Rangers can connect with the park and the Rangers at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.


For more information please visit Be a Junior Ranger


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Come Visit Boulder Brook

Nestled next to the rambling waters of Fall River, Boulder Brook is ideally located to take advantage of the unique shopping of downtown Estes Park or the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountain National more