Boulder Brook Blog

Monday Artisans Market

George Hix Riverside Plaza, Downtown Estes Park, on the River

  • June 5, 2017 – August 28, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location:
  • Phone: (970) 586-6838
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Outdoor Weekly Artisans Market. Buy Local. Buy Art.


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Estes Park Wool Market & Fiber Festival 

Estes Park Events Complex

  • June 10, 2017 – June 11, 2017
  • Location: 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park Events Complex, CO
  • Phone: 970-577-9900, 800-443-7837
  • Time: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday; 9 am – 4 pm Sunday
  • Price: Free Admission, $5 on-site parking

Family events don’t get much better than this – hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad.  Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Estes Park Events Complex, is the place to be. Admission is free, but parking on-site will cost $5.

New this year! Check out the Knitting & Spinning Corner, as well as concessions and food trucks available to fight your hunger!

Wool Market

The 27th Annual Wool Market will take place at at the Estes Fairgrounds and Event Center.  See sheep, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats and other fiber animals. As usual there is the ever-popular vendor barn, the animal tents, demonstrations including sheep to shawl, a children’s tent, sheep shearing, herding dogs and more. 


28 workshops spanning various fiber arts including spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyes, twining and more will be offered at the 2017 Estes Park Wool Market and Fiber Festival. Find a full list of workshops and register here!

Show, Shop and Share

In addition to the fun activities, the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you’ve seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.

Children’s Area

Barn W will feature hands-on activities to give young ones an introduction to the world of fiber! A variety of animals will be hanging out so kids can get a look up close.


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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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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