Boulder Brook Blog

Old Fall River Road Closed for the Season

Old Fall River Road has closed for the season. It remains open to bicycles and leashed pets until November 30, 2015, reopening on April 2, 2016, except during road maintenance operations and emergency closures as posted. Cyclists and pet owners utilize the road at their own risk.

Trail Ridge Road October 23 Near Ute Trail

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park continues to be closed to due to snow accumulation from the recent storm, three foot drifting in some locations and freezing temperatures.   It is unknown when the road may reopen. 

For recorded Trail Ridge Road status please call (970) 586-1222.  For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206 or visit

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Autumn Gold

The first official day of Autumn 2015 is heralded by stunning patches of golden Aspen leaves dancing in the breeze up on the mountains bathed in sunshine beneath a clear blue  sky.   One of the most beautiful mountain seasons, Autumn in Estes is great for hiking, biking, running, riding, fishing and all kinds of play as we revel in the warm sun, the freshly scented cooler breeze, and the flow of nature all around us.


Enjoy nature in and out of town on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2015, at the 20th annual Bands Brats and Beer Festival held downtown in Bond Park in celebration of Autumn, craft beer, and live music.


Enjoy mustard-smothered Brats, cold brews, soft drinks, and great music with headliner, Wendy Woo and her Band; The Long Run (an Eagles Tribute Band); Amplified Souls (rock/pop); Chain Station (Bluegrass); and the award winning a-capella group, 17th Ave Allstars.


Vendor booths will offer corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts.  Kids will love the free family activities – face painting, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, bounce house and a classic car show!


In addition to smaller cash awards, the winner of the popular annual raffle takes a $5000 grand prize; the runner up takes $2500.  Raffle Tickets are $25 each with proceeds distributed to community non-profits and other causes.


Grab your dancing shoes, gather the kids, the lawn chairs and the picnic blanket and spend a sunny afternoon in the park with friends, family, food and music.  Autumn Gold is a free, family friendly event with something special for everyone.



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Good Elk Morning

To our delight, a happy surprise greeted us early this morning when this big Bull brought his harem over for breakfast.

To our delight, a happy surprise greeted us early this morning when this big Bull brought his harem by for breakfast.

The Cows enjoyed the clover growing in abundance on our front lawn.

The Cows enjoyed the clover growing in abundance on our front lawn.

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Guests enjoyed their company for quite some time as he watched over the group of Cows and yearlings from the shelter of our Aspen Grove …

Remember: Elk are huge, powerful, wild animals.

before herding his harem to the deeper shade of the grassy hill across the street where they enjoyed a little respite between courses.

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Rut! Fabulous Bugling Elk

As days begin to shorten and nights begin to cool, we glimpse a hint of golden Aspen leaves on the highest mountainsides and wait patiently for the first exciting sights and sounds of the annual Elk Rut — hardened, velvet free antlers and amazing, wondrous bugling.


Bull Elk are beautiful, huge, amazingly powerful wild animals with lots of bullish attitude. The rut is extremely competitive and energetically demanding, and Bull Elk are especially vigilant, irritable, jumpy, and understandably “pumped-up” as they vie for breeding rights.


Breeding season is stressful for the whole herd. Avoid potential accident, injury or death by always viewing from a safe distance.  If an animal is carefully watching you and appears “jumpy” or “twitchy” you are way too close.  Avoid eye contact and back away. Use the zoom instead.


Never, ever get between two bulls!  Situations can change instantly and you don’t want to be caught in the middle!  Be aware, this is true whether on foot or in your vehicle – two bulls focused on one another can charge at any time and antlers can, and will puncture a door panel or window if hit hard enough and Bull Elk don’t mess around – they hit hard!


Never, ever get between a Bull and his harem for the same reason.  And please, keep to a safe distance in respect to the Cows and babes as well as they can be every bit as jumpy, vigilant, and excitable as the Bulls.


Large groups of breeding Elk (a Bull and his harem) can be seen anywhere in Estes Park. They have no boundaries and wander freely through town. Slow down and be aware of your surroundings.


Never block traffic. “Elk Jams” are a danger to everyone. Blocking traffic on single lane roads creates all kinds of potentially dangerous situations.  Be sure to pull completely off the roadway, out of the way of through traffic.  Walk on the “sidewalk side” of the vehicle and remember not to surround or “corner” an animal while viewing.


Keep dogs leashed and quiet. Do not allow them to bark, lunge at or chase wildlife.


Never, ever imitate an elk call or bugle during the rut. Not only does each elk have his/her own identifiable “voice,” different bugles actually mean different things. “Saying” the wrong thing at the wrong time could endanger both you and the herd.


Please respect private property.  Elk know no boundaries. We love that about them — especially when we can watch a big, beautiful bull bugling and herding his cows through the middle of town or through the neighborhood or if you are here at Boulder Brook, up from the river and across our front lawn.


Remember – Elk are wild animals. Be aware and be respectful. View quietly from a safe distance. Never attempt to touch or feed wildlife. Keep dogs leashed and quiet.  Use the zoom. And if you see someone who is being careless or unsafe or making it unsafe for others, make the call.

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Three Nights of Fright – Fun for Everyone!

You know you want to wear that gory, gooey fake blood and those worm eaten, slightly shredded zombie coffin clothes more than once this year…why not do it here?


Halloween in Estes Park is always a great celebration of fun, fantasy, horror and hauntings and this year, promising to be bigger than ever, the Stanley Hotel welcomes costumed party goers to both the haunted MacGregor Ballroom and the famous paranormally active Concert Hall.


Start your Halloween hoopla at the annual Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, October 23rd.  The event features a top theater act and an elegant four-course meal in the notoriously haunted MacGregor Ballroom.  If you were to dress in a vintage ball gown, replete in beaded chiffon, baubles and bling, you’d fit right in to the old-and-other-worldly charm of this beautiful Ballroom.


Add some fake blood, fangs, claws, scales, brains, bones and shredded robes to your elegant chiffon on October 24th when The Concert Hall, famous for being the fourth most haunted building in the US, opens its doors to guests both in and out of body for the annual Shining Ball. For a bit of inspiration or a peak into costumes of the time, check out Stephen Kings “The Shining” Mini-series.


If you want your tricks and your treats too, don your gory and ghoulish garb and add a mask for the annual Halloween Masquerade Party. Costumes and reservations are required for this freshly re-designed annual adult only event.


For more information and to purchase tickets to one or all Three Nights of Fright, please visit


Oh, and if you plan to sleep at any time during the festivities, make your reservations here at Boulder Brook – comfy beds, cozy suites, lovely river, no ghosts (that we know of).


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Only You Can Prevent RMNP Fires

This year Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas have enjoyed a relatively quiet wildfire season, however, the extra grasses and thick vegetation from the abundant spring and summer rains are drying out and autumn fire danger is rising.  Combined with the seasonal increase in mountain wind, we  have the potential for fast moving, large fire events.


The Park has always maintained and enforced precise fire restrictions. Campfires are only allowed within designated campfire rings at select locations in the park, including picnic areas and campgrounds with good reason.   In the fall of 2012, an illegal campfire caused the Fern Lake Fire which burned over 3,000 acres, caused an evacuation of a portion of Estes Park and cost more than 6 million dollars to suppress.


During the last two weeks of August, Fire Managers and Park Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park responded to four illegal, escaped campfires.  While all four were suppressed at less than 1/4 acre, each one had the potential to spread and threaten lives and property.


The National Park Service, Park Rangers and Fire Managers remind us to be aware of our behaviors and our surroundings: NEVER, EVER start illegal fires in the park! Use only designated campfire rings in designated areas and be diligent about both campfire management (Keep it  small and contained in designated areas only!) and campfire dousing – Drown the fire, the embers, the ash and the ring before you step away or leave the area and then, just to be sure, drown it again.


One can never be too safe or too careful about any open fire in the park.  Be diligent. Be safe. Help preserve and protect our National Treasure.  Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.

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Estes Park Film Festival @ Historic Park Theatre

The oldest operating theatre in the US proudly presents their Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial celebration at this year’s Estes Park Film Festival by focusing on local filmmakers and themes.


From September 4 – 17, visitors will enjoy special pricing and very special films.

The Living Dream 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park a dazzling documentary with amazing cinematography shows at 7p September 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 10, 11, 12 and 15 with 2pm shows every day except September 13.


Birds without Borders shows at 4p September 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16


Rivers of the Rockies shows at 5:30p September 4, 5, 7, 9, 11,12, 14, 16


Ghosts of the West – The End of the Bonanza Trail plays at 4p September 6, 8, 10, 14, 17


Making its debut this year, Solar Car, The Secrets of RA7, plays at 9p on Friday and Saturday, September 4, 5, 11, 12


For a touch of historic nostalgia, Tower of Love & PT Family Album shows at 5:30p September 6, 8, 10 and 15 and features the history of the Theatre and the people who made it all possible.


Special Film Festival Rates:

Single Show: Adults $9; Seniors $7.50, Children $6

Silver Pass: 3 Shows during the festival: Adults: $22; Seniors $18.50; Children $15

Gold Pass: 7 Shows during the festival Adults $30; Seniors $25; Children $20

more info: or phone 970-586-8904

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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