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We are fortunate to enjoy the expertise and wide variety of adventures offered by three excellent rafting companies, each of which provides fabulous fun, wonderful experience, and something unique.



The folks at Mountain Whitewater are very passionate about their business and your enjoyment. They put a lot of heart and soul into making sure your ride is a safe, thrilling adventure. High water raft on Colorado’s best river, the Cache La Poudre, with Mountain Whitewater Descents where they are now enjoying a fabulous early season. With the river still in high water, you will enjoy a challenging, breathtaking ride! While spring runoff keeps the river running fast and high, their minimum age for rafters is 13. Once the waters calm and lower a bit (about June 20th) almost everyone can raft! They have lots of gear to keep you warm and safe (no promises about keeping dry) and as always, a safety boater will be with you on every high-water trip.  After your tour, sip an icy Colorado Micro-brew at their Paddler’s Pub.


Experience why they are different!  Contact Phone: 888.855.8874 or 970.419.0917 or visit Mountain Whitewater Descents “Our Guides Make the Difference”  Send email or questions to


Experienced and first-time rafters alike will enjoy a great time on the morning or afternoon half day trip on the Cache La Poudre or spend the whole day on the Colorado River.  All Rapid Transit Rafting guides are professionals who surpass the state requirements with extensive training in first aid, river rescue and CPR.   Each trip starts with a rafting orientation and safety presentation. Rapid Transit is fully insured and licensed by the state of Colorado and has one of the best safety records in the state.  With that in mind, remember please, children must be both – at least 7 years old and weigh at least 50 pounds to ensure the correct fit of proper safety equipment.  Rapid Transit does all the driving too!  You meet up at Estes Park High School (5 minutes from Boulder Brook’s Front Door) load up, sit back, relax and let the experts drive while you enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife between Estes and your final, rafting destination.


Contact Rapid Transit Rafting Call 970 577-7238 or 800-367-8523 for more info or to book your trip! Or stop in to their local office at 161 Virginia Drive, downtown behind Bond Park.


A1 Wildwater Rafting 970-224-3379 or 800-369-4165   Offers several options for families and first-timers as well as Wild & Scenic adventures for the more daring or experienced.  Beginners and families with children age 7 and older will enjoy the easiest Wildwater trip – exciting not overbearing – in the Poudre River with views of lush mountain forests flooded in deep canyon sunshine.  With A1 you may also choose to raft Clear Creek River, North Platte River, or Upper Colorado River. Whatever you choose you are sure to have the adventure of a lifetime.  You’ll find their FAQ page loaded with everything you need to know to book and prepare for your very special whitewater experience.

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June Centennial Celebration Classes

Rocky Mountain Conservancy, right across the street from Boulder Brook, is an amazing resource for everyone.  Appropriate and engaging classes for Families, kids, and professionals seeking qualifying credit will find a superb variety of fun, interesting, and educational classes and adventures.  Here is the June Centennial Celebration Line up:




Art Adventures with Kristen Mosier Hill – June 17, 24  –  $15 per child ages 6-9   Children will learn about nature through various forms of art.  Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichen, etc.) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting and making collages and sculptures.  Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. ♦♦  Meets at Lily Lake


Campfire Ghost Stories:  Living History Tales of the West – Jan Manning (Iron Thumb)     June 18     $10 per adult/child, children 5 and under FREE   People from the past come to life in this hour-long presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley.  Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.  Time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows will follow the presentation. ♦  Meets at Disco Center  Amphitheater  *** Iron Thumb is a fictitious character representation of a 19th century fur trapper in the West.  Participants will hear tales of hunting beaver, view what historical figures wore, and see the tools they used to get their jobs done.


Campfire Ghost Stories:  Living History Tales of the West – Sue Langdon (Isabella Bird)     June 25   $10 per adult/child, children 5 and under FREE    People from the past come to life in this hour-long presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley.  Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.  Time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows will follow the presentation.  ♦  Meets at Disco Center Amphitheatre   *** Throughout her life, Englishwoman Isabella Bird did something women of her time would rarely consider or be allowed to do—traveled the world by herself.  During the 1870’s, her journeys brought her to the West to find “the most beautiful place in all of the Americas” –Estes Park.  She ascended Longs Peak with the notorious Rocky Mountain Jim as her guide. Her delightful tales of travel and adventures which usually included surviving great perils made her a favorite author of travel articles and books.




100 Years, 100 Flowers: Wildflowers of RMNP  –  Leanne Benton     June 27-28     $140 per adult for both days or $80 for each day  Explore the wonder and diversity of the park’s wildflowers with a former Rocky Mountain National Park interpretive naturalist. The park’s vertical topography allows for a variety of habitats; this class will search out lush wildflower displays from montane meadows to high alpine ridges. Get up close with the mountain flora to discover their adaptations for survival and interesting stories behind their beautiful faces.  Hone identification techniques and gain confidence using a flower key. Day 1: montane and subalpine wildflowers. Day 2: alpine wildflowers.  ♦♦ CSM credit available Meets at FI




Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years —Mary Taylor Young     June 27-28     $140 per adult   Cover a billion years of park history… in a weekend! Roam the park with Mary Taylor Young, author of the park’s centennial history Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Discover traces of park history that lie beneath the surface and off the beaten path. See billion-year-old rocks, a game drive wall used by prehistoric hunters, Apache Fort, site of an early Indian battle, and the location of the 1915 Dedication Ceremony. Discover the “phantom” Big Thompson River park entrance and old entrance road. Explore early ranches, the remnant of a guest lodge, the site of the park’s ski area, and a 1930s CCC camp. Witness the changes floods in two different centuries have left on the park. ♦♦♦ CSM credit available Meets at FI




Technology of Your Ancestors: Primitive Survival Skills — Doug Hill     June 6     $70 per adult  Every person alive descended from ancestors surviving – and thriving! – in the Stone Age.  More than 99% of our time as a species was spent in the Stone Age.  Explore how the three innovations of creating fire, a sharp edge, and cordage from plant fibers changed the world forever.  Through an overview of the peopling of the Earth, we’ll learn how these innovations look in the archaeological record of Colorado.  Then we’ll create fire, stone tools, and cordage for ourselves.  ♦♦ Meets at FI


For more information or to register for a class call 970-586-3262 or go to and click on the learn with us tab.


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Estes Park is training, running and racing paradise. With thin air and high elevation, the challenge for runners intensifies, as does the thrill. The breathtaking mountain views and alpine inspiration keep spirits high, even during the longest of races. Whether you are looking to run the trails or are going for endurance, the Estes Park Summer Race Series will challenge you, leaving you in awe of both yourself and your surroundings. Tips on Running at Altitude


Here’s a breakdown of Runs and all the info you need to jump in and Run!


Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015: Estes Park Marathon, Marathon Relay, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run

Open meadows. Forested and stream-lined residential roads. Looming, spectacular peaks stretching toward the sky. All are integral to the Estes Park Marathon course that is known for having the highest paved route in the nation. Bond Park in downtown Estes Park is the perfect spot for kid’s activities and races.

The challenging USA Track & Field (USATF)-recognized race is held on Sunday. As part of this event, there is a race for every member of the family: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and 5K combined into the same race day. Walkers are encouraged to join the fun. And everybody’s off the course in seven hours. The Kid’s Fun Run and family fun festival takes place on Saturday. Register and find additional details at


Saturday, June 13, 2015: Elkhorn Dash Fun Run

A one mile, quick dash down the main street of Estes Park, Elkhorn Ave! Perfect for those looking to clock-in their personal best for a mile or families with wee-ones in strollers who want to take it a bit slower. Starting promptly at 7:45am near the Elkhorn Lodge on West Elkhorn Ave, have fun during this quick and scenic dash!

For more information about the race, call 970-214-4128 or go to


Saturday, July 18: Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K

Celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial anniversary by joining in this scenic race that will highlight the park’s history. The route starts near the Wild Basin Trailhad and winds along trails and roadsides, taking in majestic mountain views. Register and find additiaonl details at


Saturday, August 1, 2015: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon celebrates the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Challenge yourself with this high-altitude race through the spectacular Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. Beginning at the host hotel – the historic Stanley Hotel – at 6 a.m., the race will tour parts of town and stretch along the edge of the national park. You can find additional details and registration at


Sunday, September 13, 2015: Fall Classic Marathon, Estes Park to Loveland

This scenic marathon takes runners from the starting line of the historic Stanley Hotel down the descending curves of the Big Thompson Canyon (Hwy 34) past overlooks of the rushing river and bighorn sheep perched on steep cliffs above before finishing in Loveland, CO. Visit for more information on this top Boston & New York Marathon qualifying race.


Saturday,September 26, 2015: Running of the Bulls

A special, family-friendly run/walk around the 3.75-mile Lake Estes Trail, the Running of the Bulls both celebrates the magnificent elk rut (mating rituals) and raises funds Partners Mentoring youth, a local non-profit organization. Bring the dogs, the kids and an entourage to enjoy the beautiful scenery and refreshing autumn mountain air. More details can be found at


Wednesday-Saturday, October 7 -10, 2015: Estes Park Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference & Race 

The third annual Conference continues in the trail running mecca of Estes Park, CO. The first day of the Conference is for Trail Race Directors, with days 2 & 3 focused on Trail Runners, with interactive workshops, demonstrations, opportunities to try trail products, and educational speaker panels. The weekend finishes with a trail race on Sunday and is open to the public.

The conference is organized and presented by Active at Altitude, provider of running camps and active vacations, training, wellness and spiritual connection at 8,200 feet in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Visit for more information or to register for this thrilling and inspiring conference!


Additional events can be found at Run! (

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Summer Theater in Grand Lake

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens their fifth summer season on June 12 and June 13 with the stage version of the Bradford Robes novel “42nd Street” in which an aspiring chorus girl ‘saves the play.’


On June 19 and 20, get creepy and know it with the very funny “Addams Family,” adapted from the Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice book, based on characters created by Charles Addams with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.  Everyone will love this macabre, funny musical in which the “ultimate princess of darkness,” Wednesday Addams, now all grown up and in love brings her “normal” boyfriend home to meet “the folks.”


On July 3 and 4 jump out of your blue suede shoes and dance in the aisles with “All Shook Up” the hip swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy inspired by Elvis Presley,


The three shows performed in rotation throughout the summer run from now through the end of August.  For tickets and additional information and details please visit or call the theatre at 970-627-3421.





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Climb and Hike with Professional Mountain Guides

Join the Professional Mountain Guides at Colorado Mountain School for an exceptional guided outdoor experience.  No matter your age, background, or fitness level, there’s a perfect hike or climb for you!  You can experience Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Guide Training, Avalanche Education, Ski Mountaineering, or Ice Climbing!  Whether a novice or a seasoned alpinist, Colorado Mountain School guides will provide the educational and fun experience that you and your group or family are seeking.


Half Day Fun Hikes and Climbs introduce you to the beautiful trails and classic climbs in Rocky. These outings are ideal for beginners: the only requirements are a willingness to try something new and sense of adventure!  Estes Park Half Day Hikes or Climbs are offered three times each week on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8a – 12p. The fee is $90 per participant.


If you are aiming higher, you can climb Longs Peak with the experts. As the sole concessionaire for technical climbing in RMNP, the guides at Colorado Mountain School are the experts on Longs Peak.  Join them on any route, including the popular Keyhole, the historic Cables route, or even climb the awe-inspiring Diamond.


You can even hire a private guide for rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, or skiing when it works best for you.  CMS offers private guiding every day of the year!  If you would like to cover the curriculum from a certain course but can’t make the course date, or if you have your own objective in mind, CMS will customize your experience. Custom private guiding allows you to do what you want to do when you want to do it.


Why choose CMS?  Their trained guides can introduce you to the world-class, vertical environments and backcountry of the Front Range. CMS guides provide unforgettable climbing experiences, and enable you to progress to new levels of adventure. All CMS Guides are American Mountain Guide Association trained and/or certified, First Aid and CPR certified and Wilderness First Responder certified. Read more about what sets them apart and get to know their guides at or call Colorado Mountain School 800-836-4008 for more information or to book your special mountain experience.



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Spring Wildlife Advice from CPW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds us to be aware of ourselves, our behavior and our proximity to wild animals and their newborns.  We love them and they are amazing and incredibly delicate and beautiful. We quite naturally desire to connect with nature – often by getting up close, by touching with our hands or by feeding with inappropriate and sometimes deadly foods – all of which are dangerous and harmful behaviors.


Never feed wildlife! Remember, feeding wildlife is illegal and has been since 1992. Game animals – Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorns – are ungulates with complex four-chambered stomachs that digest foraged foods via fermentation. Corn and Grain are toxic to ruminants! So far, in May of this year, one bighorn Ram and three deer were found dead as the result of human feeding.  Feeding wildlife does more harm than good.  Be conscientious about your choices – enjoy nature and abundant wild life without feeding or endangering the animals.


Never Intervene with Wild Babies or Their Mothers!  Weather in feathers or in fur, it is very, very rare for a wild mom to abandon her offspring.  It is quite normal for adults animals to leave their babes in safe places while they forage or hunt.


CPW reminds us that baby mammals have no scent so predators can’t find them.   If you are fortunate enough to come upon a little one, look, don’t touch, don’t feed, and don’t get too close.  Chances are good that mom is closer than you think and will smell and see you long before you see her.  This is especially true if you are walking with your dog. Moose, Elk, Deer, and Sheep are extremely sensitive to the presence of dogs (predators!) so keep your pet leashed and quiet so as not to disturb the moms or the babes.  Remember, new moms are jumpy, nervous, easily agitated, some weigh over 600 pounds.  If you are more than noticed, if you are being watched or stared at, if a head is down or a hoof is pawed, you are way too close and probably in danger! Back away. Remember, both furred and feathered little ones are easily terrified and can be frightened to death by human or canine contact.


If you notice a wild babe alone for 24 hours, call the Rangers or Colorado Department of Wildlife, or even the local Police Department who will get in touch with the right Wildlife Responders.  They’ll know how to best handle the situation and the babe so everyone is safe and well.


We love our wildlife friends and visitors. It is always a thrill when the elk come for breakfast or the Big Horns come for snack.  As is best for them, they eat what nature provides.  What’s best for us as stewards of land and nature is to honor and respect, enjoy and protect by being conscientious observers —  aware of ourselves, responsible for our behavior, and respectful of wild life in the beautiful environment around us.

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Trail Ridge Road Open with Night Closures

As of Friday, May 29, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened. Due to heavy melting on the road during the day and freezing temperatures at night, visitors should plan for night closures occurring at 8:00pm until conditions change.  Road crews and rangers will reassess conditions each morning and reopen the road when and if conditions allow.  Alpine Visitor Center and Trail Ridge Store are expected to open soon.


Weather conditions can change rapidly.  Travelers are encouraged to call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222 for updates during and after regular office hours.  For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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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