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Adventure Awaits!

Right across the street, on the hill where the Big Horn Sheep graze and nap in the shade of the pines, is a wealth of knowledge, adventure, learning and creativity that sources a panorama of unique, educational and fun adult, kid and family classes, activities, and myriad opportunities to experience Rocky Mountain National Park in fresh and exciting ways with the support of a professional naturalist, guide, or Park educator.


Everyone gets to see and experience the wonder and beauty of the Park on Educational Adventures by Bus.  Choose a half day trip to the top of Trail Ridge Road   or take the full day to enjoy the Grand Lake Safari .  Enjoy the unique light of Sunset over Never Summer Mountains from Rock Cut on the Sunset Safari  or experience the rut like never before on an Elk Expedition


Bringing the kids?  Check out the catalog of Youth & Family Classes where awesome opportunities for children of all ages to enjoy being outdoors in nature abound.  In June, kids and parents together can take a Virtual Geocache Adventure to either Hollowell Park or Upper Beaver Meadows.  Art Adventures; Photojournaling; Fly-fishing and Stream Ecology; Trailblazing; and lots of hands on learning with topics ranging from “Who Pooped in the Woods?”  to “What’s Hiding Underwater?” are offered several times throughout June and July.  


Hike with a Naturalist in one of four new Adult Hiking and Skill-Building Classes.  The new series begins in August with a visit to Lawn Lake, and follows in September with hikes to Mount Ida, Loomis Lake, and Chasm Lake.


Artists, photographers, and writers from next door and from all over the world come to Rocky for inspiration and to practice their craft.  Creative immersion into drawing and painting; landscape and wildlife photography; and Plein-air painting are just a few of the creative experiences available.


Natural History Classes are available nearly every day.  Explore Owls, Raptors, Eagles, Toads, Bears, Elk, Mountain Lions, Insects, Moose, Pika, River Otters, Butterflies, Geology, Rocks and Minerals, Grasses, Mushrooms, Plants and Wildflowers, orchids, and secret places.


Visit for our Events Calendar or go to for a full catalog and to choose your adventure!


Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy , the non-profit official partner of RMNP is allied with the National Park Service, Colorado State Parks, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service offers an extensive year-round catalog of adventures , classes, and interactive programs.


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Downtown Estes Park History Walking Tours

In 1905, Abner Sprague was hired by Cornelius Bond and the Estes Park Town Company to plat the town. Within weeks, lots along the street named “Elkhorn” were taken up and new businesses were planted. Over the course of a decade, the basic footprint of the town we know today had put down roots.

Discover the hidden past on a guided walking tour of downtown with a docent from the Estes Park Museum. Explore historical photographs from the Museum’s collection to aid in comparing the past to the present — What used to be there? Is it still? What is it now? 

Tours run weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through September 16, 2016. Admission is $8.

Tours start downtown with check-in at 8:15am in Bond Park by the Enos Mills sculpture. Tours begin promptly at 8:30am and returns to Bond Park by around 10:00am.

For more information contact the Estes Park Museum:

Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.
200 Fourth Street
Estes Park, CO  80517

(970) 577-3766


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Go Fish!

With over 350 miles of trails covering over 265,000 acres, RMNP offers numerous fishing opportunities for the casual angler or seasoned expert.   Fish here for all wild trout including Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat including the Greenback.  There are options for Catch and Release fishing as well as Catch and Keep throughout the park


Anglers can choose to cast their lines in the Big Thompson River below Lake Estes where the first 8 miles is a Catch and Release area.  For even more of a river experience, the Big Thompson Canyon offers more than 20 miles of public water between Estes Park and Loveland with 10 miles of prime Catch and Release fishing between Olympus Dam and Waltonia Bridge where anglers will find Rainbows and Browns.


If you want to fish with bait and/or fry up your fresh catch for dinner, Lake Estes is stocked with  Rainbow Trout and is populated by Wild Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleyes, and a few, rare Tiger Muskies.


Within RMNP, Sprague Lake is beautiful, and with easy access from the parking area is also stroller, wheelchair, and family friendly.  Catch Brook or Brown Trout with bait while watching for the Moose that live in the immediate area.


Lily Lake is the most accessible greenback fishery there is with fish reaching the 20-inch mark. It’s also family, stroller, and wheelchair friendly and features abundant aquatic life and fun hiking trails that meander off the sides.


Several great resources fo information, daily reports, equipment purchase and rental, and/or guided trips are available in Estes Park. A Colorado fishing license is required for all RMNP fishing.




Fishing Estes Park

Kirks Flyshop

Estes Park Mountain Shop

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Rooftop Rodeo

We’re gonna be kickin’ up some dust in Estes Park next week! On the heels of our Independence Day celebration the Rooftop Rodeo swoops in live and in color! From July 6-11, 2016 there’s non-stop, rip-roarin’ cowboy action in store for rodeo fans at Estes Park’s annual Rooftop Rodeo. This is a PRCA sanctioned event and one that has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest, and the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real American Cowboy Magazine. Nightly professional rodeo performances combine with Mutton Bustin’ competition for the kids, a parade through downtown Estes Park and dance during the annual affair.

The Rooftop Rodeo Parade kicks off the event on July 6th when entries make their way from the west end of town on Elkhorn Avenue (Estes Park’s main street) to Fourth St. on their way to the Estes Park Events Complex, adjacent to Lake Estes at U.S. Highway 36 and Community Drive. The parade traditionally features hundreds of horses, marching units, hitches, cowboys and cowgirls, floats, and antique cars.

On Saturday, get out your dancing shoes and pearl-snaps for the country-western Queen’s Dance where everyone dances up a storm. This annual event is held from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am at the Estes Park Event Center. Admission to the dance is $12 and there is a cash bar. Free local shuttle service (Silver Route) runs until 10 p.m. and taxi services are available for safe rides home.

Behind the Chutes Tours offer an exclusive behind-the scenes look at all the rodeo action and are scheduled for 4:30 and 5:30 pm each night. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children three- to 11-years old, and can be purchased online (online sales coming soon!). In 2013, these tours sell out each night, so get your tickets early. Groups of 20 or more may make arrangements for special tours (call 970-577-3920).

Gates to midway fun open at 5:30 pm. Come early to snag the best seats, shop with a variety of vendors and grab a bite to eat. Spend time with face painting, Western music and more. Evening kick-off performances start at 7 pm each night and rodeo events begin at 7:30 pm at the Estes Park Events Complex. Mutton Bustin’ happens each night at 8:30 and a Cash Catch is held at 9 pm on weekend nights.

Friday Night the Rooftop Rodeo teams up with the Man Up Crusade for Purple Night. The Man Up Crusade is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Purple is the color of choice for survivors and victims of domestic violence and on Purple Night all rodeo participants, fans and support personnel are encouraged to wear purple to show their support.

Saturday is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, where everyone is encouraged to wear pink to show their support for cancer awareness. All proceeds of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise (available in the rodeo midway) will go to a local charity. New this year, the Estes Area Lodging Association is giving away free pink bandannas to all in attendance on Saturday to make sure you show your “tough enough to wear pink” support! Come early and enjoy the midway festivities.

Both general admission and box seat tickets are available for each rodeo performance. General admission seats are not reserved and prices are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12, seniors and military. Box seat tickets are $30 for all ages when purchased for one night. Reduced rates for seniors, active military and groups are available. Online Tickets available soon!

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Cool Cars and Fireworks-4th of July 2016 in Estes Park

The 18th annual Coolest Car Show takes place this July 4th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Event Center, located at Stanley Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Classic Rock Songs-And The Cars That Inspired Them”. Local Estes Park folk musicians, The Mountain Music Makers, will start off the festivities at 10:00 a.m. followed by Denver-based band Ugly Rumor beginning at 12:00 p.m. that afternoon. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2.50 for ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets will be on sale that day in front of the Event Center main entrance and also inside in the lobby. The event features more than 100 “steam to electric” vehicles! The concession center opens at 11:00 a.m. that morning and there will be a “Coolest Kids Car Corner” with games and crafts plus several additional attractions.

A free concert by the Estes Village Band begins at 7 p.m. at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown.  The concert will feature the patriotic works of John Philip Sousa and others.

The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30pm over Lake Estes-undoubtedly one of Colorado’s most glorious fireworks displays!

To make it easier for all Estes Park guests to get around on July 4th, the Estes Park FREE Shuttles have extended evening service hours so all can easily attend the evening festivities.

Such exciting festivities make celebrating Independence Day in Estes Park an unforgettable experience!

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Play Me Some Mountain Music!!!

Come on down and enjoy the 20 year anniversary of the Bond Park Cowboy Music Program. The program runs from June 12 through August 16, 2016 and features Estes Park’s own Cowboy Brad Fitch. The free programs will be held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:00 PM. The programs are family friendly and open to the public.

Watch Cowboy Brad Fitch talk about his upcoming shows:


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RMNP for Memorial Day

Rocky Mountain National Park staff invite you to two special programs this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  Commemorate one hundred years of the National Park Service and honor those who serve.


Trail Quest on Saturday May 28, at 7 p celebrates one of the most popular activities in he park: hiking.  Have you ever dreamed about hiking all of Rocky’s 350 plus miles of trails?  Dreams can come true.  Follow park ranger Don Stewart’s stories and adventures exploring the park’s backcountry wilderness areas and vast trail system.


Navy Band Northwest on Sunday May 29, at 7p  Rocky Mountain National Park is honored to showcase the Navy Band Northwest Brass Quartet and Low Brass Quartet performing a joint concert in the auditorium at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  Navy Band Northwest is under the leadership of its Director, Lieutenant Bruce Mansfield. This long standing group traces its history back to 1925 and since then provides musical support for official Navy functions and Navy Recruiting efforts, as well as community outreach performances for the communities of the Pacific Northwest in Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Western Kansas, Montana, Western Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Both evening programs are held at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park at 7 p.m.  Programs are free and open to the public.

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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