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Estes Park Thanksgiving – Amazing & Delicious!

You are most welcome to cook up a feast in one of our beautiful Suites or enjoy a delicious and abundant Thanksgiving Buffet and have more time to get out and play!


Aspen Lodge Resort & Spa features organic, vegan, and gluten-free options along with wonderful,  traditional Thanksgiving fare.  Guests enjoy one complementary draft beer or house wine with each dinner. After brunch, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the beautiful property.  Relax with homemade spiced cider and cookies in the lobby next to the cozy fire and monumental decorated Christmas tree. Check out the menu: or make your reservation at 970-586-8133


The lavish, bountiful Thanksgiving Buffet at the Stanley Hotel is held in the MacGregor Ballroom from 11am to 4pm.  Website:  Reservations required: 970-577-5000


Everyone will enjoy the traditional, family friendly Thanksgiving buffet feast offered by YMCA of the Rockies featuring turkey, ham, prime rib, lamb, chicken, traditional sides, and stations for soup, seafood, kids and dessert. First seating is at 11a and the last seating is at 2:30p. Bring the whole family. Reservations required. Please call 970-586-3341 Ext. 1378 or visit:


Visit The Other Side for an original take on traditional holiday fare from 11a to 7p with classic oven roasted turkey, hand carved Roast Baron of beef, baked ham, smoked pork loin with braised apples, cod parmesan, shrimp & scallop scampi, and maple pecan glazed wild salmon.   Veggies include all the classics plus butternut squash bisque, sweet corn pudding (a flavor sensation) and a large selection of fresh salads, breads, and desserts.  Make a reservation:  970-586-2171. See the full menu:


Nicky’s Steakhouse features a Champagne Buffet from 12n to 4p featuring prime rib, traditional turkey, roasted duck, honey ham, baked Alaskan Salmon, Veggies, soups, salads, breads, all the trimmings and delicious desserts.  Reservations: 970-586-5376


Whatever you choose, you are sure to enjoy a delicious, kitchen-free feast.


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Nov. 4, 2014 – The official end of summer

“High winds and freezing temperatures with blowing and drifting snow at high altitude make snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous.”


Trail Ridge Road is now in “winter trail status” which means:


  • Through travel on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is officially over for the 2104 season;


  • Alpine Visitor Center is closed until spring;


  • Weather permitting, Trail Ridge Road is open to Many Parks Curve on the east side of the park which grants access to Hidden Valley for sledding, boarding, and tubing; and


  • Hiking and wildlife watching are still awesome along Bear Lake Road, in Moraine Park and in Horseshoe Park and in the Alluvial Fan area ( Endovalley Road).


Remember: For your safety and that of your pets and wildlife, neither bicycles nor pets are permitted beyond the closed gates.


For current road conditions and other park information, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.      For the daily recorded Trail Ridge Road status update please call (970) 586-1222.

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Tinsel Tavern Tour … light up your holidays

Dress in your holiday best and jump on the Elkhorn Express for the Tinsel Tavern Tour! Starting at the kick-off party, enjoy live entertainment, appetizers and merriment before stepping onto the Elkhorn Express Free Trolley and visit a line-up of favorite Estes Park Taverns.


Tickets include…

•  The official kick-off party including hoer d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and costume contest at the Estes Park Resort beginning at 6pm

• 5 drinks, one at each of the tavern stops. Taverns to be announced soon!

• A signature Tinsel Tavern Tour souvenir

• Free shuttle rides from tavern-to-tavern and to participating lodging properties

• Elves on Tavern Shelves photo scavenger hunt with more prizes!

Single Ticket: $30
Pair of Tickets: $50
Non-alcoholic (DD) Ticket: $15 (Includes kick-off party, sodas, souvenir, shuttle rides and scavenger hunt.) Max capacity 200.

Tickets can be purchased online at or day-of at the Kick Off Party, beginning at 6pm


Ticket buyers and attendees must be 21 or older and present valid ID at entrance. By purchasing tickets, buyer certifies that he/she is 21 or older. Refunds will not be granted if attendee cannot present valid state-issued ID at event entrance.


Tinsel Tavern Tour Lodging Stops:  Stay at an official Tinsel Tavern Tour trolley stop and be picked up at 6:45p for the kick-off party and dropped off at your lodging property at the end of the tour (11p).


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Streamside on Fall River

The Estes Park Resort
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River Rock Cottages

Mountain Shadows Resort


Work it off before the party! Stay with us on Friday evening and join the Costume Optional Dasher 5K Run begins at Bond Park and traverses downtown Estes Park on Saturday morning. Day-of registration begins at 10am in the Town Hall Building (right across from Bond Park.) Race starts promptly at 11am.  Everyone is a medal winner at the 400-yard dash fun run for kids 8 and under.


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Do you love Beer?

Check out the 2nd Annual Fall Back Beer Festival – A symphony of deliciousness for beer lovers and home brewers, featuring 100 different beers from over 30 Colorado breweries poured by their makers, and, in honor of Learn to Homebrew Day, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present pouring and demonstrating their brewing techniques and equipment.  See featured breweries here:!breweries/c1nei Colorado craft soda breweries will pouring samples for guests of all ages, while Coffee on the Rocks and Dragon Leaf Tea Company introduce their special brews.


Free seminars include Glass Selection and Pouring; a 5 Senses Class and Tasting, and a certified cicerone, will be hosting several seminars throughout the day to teach how to pair food and beer for the ultimate in culinary enjoyment!. Visit Beer for Boobs, Corvus Coffee Roasters (Yes! Beer & Coffee in one glass!) and Craft Brew Clothing and others to explore and learn about every aspect homebrewing!


Shake your booty to live music with the popular Colorado bluegrass band, The Railsplitters, and Denver’s own premier Rockabilly Band, The Atomic Drifters.


Extend the festivities into the evening at Dinner With The Brewers. Several local restaurants will serve delightful food professionally paired with beer flights. Everyone will have a chance to eat, drink, laugh, and learn what kinds of beer bring out the best in your food.


A FREE shuttle will run back and forth to the Estes Park Events Center & Pavilion from downtown Estes Park throughout the day!




General Admission includes entertainment, commemorative tasting mug and unlimited tastings from 1p – 5p  Advance purchase: 30.00  At the Door: $35.00

VIP includes entertainment, commemorative tasting mug, event t-shirt, complimentary pretzel necklace, and first taste entry with unlimited tastings from 12p – 5p  Advance purchase: $50.00  At the Door: $65.00

Designated Driver Age 16+ non-drinking tickets $10 online or at the gate.  Free event for children under 16.

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Beautiful Music

Each Sunday afternoon from October 2014 through April 2015, The Estes Park Winter Music Festival provides a wonderful variety of musicians and beautiful music in an informal setting. Enjoy chorale, classic chamber, bluegrass, Celtic, Latin and more!


Music Festival attendees receive a 20% discount for brunch or dinner at the Stanley’s Cascade Restaurant on the day of the concert.


All concerts begin at 2p, unless otherwise stated in advance of the performance. Tickets for upcoming concerts in October and November are already on sale.  Single tickets are $10.00 each; children and students are admitted at no charge. 


More info: Full Concert Calendar

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Corpse Bride or Zombie?

Halloween in Estes Park is true family fun at its very best. EVERYONE is encouraged to dress up, trick-or-treat, get out, and play!


From 5p-9p Downtown will be auto-free and pedestrian safe as everyone is welcomed with treats, tricks and some special surprises. Remember, it’s getting dark earlier so bring a flashlight and augment your costume with anything that glows in the dark!


Before you set out, put on your best face! Let the experts at Riverspointe Spa apply your Halloween makeup. Available from 10a-6p $1/minute 121 Wiest Drive. Ph: 970-577-6841


After trick-or-treat, enjoy one or more of several costume and/or dance parties:


Lonigans DJ Dance & Costume Bash starts at 8p (110 W. Elkhorn Ave, Downtown)


Cheezy Lee’s Monster Mash at the haunted Elkhorn Lodge (600 W Elkhorn Ave) hosts Live DJ Dance Party and Costume Contest with a Cash Bar, Food, and/or Hayride. Doors open at 7:30p. Tickets: Adults $13 HS Students $7  Advance Tickets: Macdonald Book Shop 152 E Elkhorn Ave, Downtown


Tha BooGrass Halloween Costume Party at the Rock Inn starts at 9p with live music from Chain Station. Frightful fun, great food, dancing, contest and prizes.  1675 Highway 66


Attend the ultimate adults only “Masquerade” Ball –Where you can be anyone you want; dress up or down; entertain your alter ego, and enjoy the atmosphere of a famous, haunted hotel. MacGregor Ballroom at the Stanley $199 per couple or $110 per single – including tax and tip.

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Have you ever seen Elk play?

Did you know they are great swimmers?


One sunny afternoon at Mary’s Lake I watched a small harem of about a dozen females and their dozen or so offspring run like excited kids down the side of the hill straight into the lake. The cows guided their young ones with calls and pokes of nose and were only a little more sedate than the young ones who chased, frolicked, ran and swam in the beautiful, cool water.


Behind the last cow came a sleek and massive Bull – his smooth, copper hide almost glowing in the early afternoon sunshine. Unlike the gamboling youngsters, the Bull took the trail and entry into the lake at a stately pace, cooling first his legs and belly and drinking deeply, before plunging in for cooling dip.


While the Bull enjoyed his bath and the Matriarch watched from a short distance, the “children” played. A couple of adolescents poked, chased and teased one another – “Tag! You’re it!”  One of the littlest ventured out, swam for a bit and having noticed “mom” had stepped out of the water, ran, like an excited little kid to her side (Mom! I did it! I swam!) and received an obvious kiss and lick of apparent care and affection.


One of the larger adolescents, having trotted in and out of the water several times with the group, broke off from her sisters, raced into the water and splashed about behind “big daddy” – running closer, splashing, turning, kicking up a bit of spray, running out, and turning to do it all over again. The Bull remained sedate though it appeared he noticed and may have even been amused by her antics. I certainly was.



Enjoy our wonderful Elk and golden autumn in Rocky at this year’s Elk Fest – a free, fun and educational outdoor family friendly event.  Held on October 4 and 5, Elk Fest features bugling competitions, learning opportunities, live music, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American storytelling and music, a display of raptors, a kids’ corral, a variety of vendors offering memorable souvenirs and plenty of good food. The “Wallowing Hole” beer garden serves daily from 11am – 4pm. The popular bluegrass band, Giddy Up Kitty, will be taking the stage on Saturday from 12:30pm – 2:30pm.


Rocky Mountain Conservancy will be on site for easy booking of your Elk Expedition. Thrill to spectacular displays of herding, bugling, posturing, playing, mating behaviors,  Elk Q&A and “Show-and-Tell” in the comfort of a mini-bus staffed by a professional educational guide.


Elk Expedition Tours are available each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening between September 11 and October 18 (View dates and times at: )  Fee: $40 per adult, $20 per child (12 and under).  Register: 970-586-3262 or visit


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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