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Coyote Country during Mating Season

Coyotes are a common predator in the Estes Valley and it’s currently their mating season so they are very active – prowling, howling, hunting, and mating.


Coyotes are beautiful canines with thick, wheaten fur, slender snouts, stand-up ears, long tails, long legs, and delicately featured faces. Their thick neutrally colored fur blends easily with the surrounding terrain.   From a distance or with eyes of innocence, a Coyote could be mistaken for a large dog.


Coyotes are wild, cunning and stealthy predators. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds us that Coyotes see domesticated animals, pets and small children as prey.  Like our Elk, the Coyotes favor Estes Lake and the surrounding golf course and sanctuary areas.   When walking with dogs, especially smaller dogs and small children, visitors are encouraged to exercise caution – keep kids close and dogs short-leashed and under control especially at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.


Keep Little Ones Safe by supervising when outside. Keep your dog on a shorter leash (non-retractable); pick up your dog (if possible) when Coyotes are present or suspected in the area; avoid known or potential den sites and thick vegetation (where prowlers hide in waiting); and disallow contact, play or interaction with Coyotes. As a precaution, you may choose to carry a deterrent – sticks and stones, a walking stick, pepper spray – are all effective.


Remember: Coyotes will defend their territory.  Maintain a safe distance, and discourage approach and/or contact. If you suspect Coyote activity around you, keep your pet and your kids close to you or in your arms. Teach children to come directly to you without shrieking or screaming as they can sound like wounded prey and attract rather than repel the Coyote.


Never, ever feed Coyotes! They are resourceful and completely capable of feeding and sustaining themselves in the city without human assistance.


Should you be approached by Coyote:


Do not turn your back to or run! If possible to safely move to more populated areas without an encounter, gather up pets and kids and back away slowly.

If an encounter seems eminent make yourself as large and threatening, big and loud as possible by waving your arms, clapping, throwing objects, and/or shouting in an authoritative voice to chase it off.


Keep safe, enjoy the view, and remember – we all live together here and it’s up to us, the caretakers of nature, to ensure wellness and safety for everyone.

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Be My Valentine

Sweetheart dances, dining events, and opportunities for romance, play, relaxation, fun and enjoyment begin on Thursday, February 13, with two kinds of candy.  From 3p-6p, Aspen and Evergreen Gallery celebrates beauty, love and art at “Art, Wine & Chocolate” where guests will enjoy amazing eye candy while visiting with artists and sampling delicious Artisan Chocolate by Veree Chocolate. More info:  or call 970-586-4355.


Three fine choices for live music and romantic, casual dining (maybe even a little close-up dancing?) include the historic and cozy Twin Owls Steakhouse featuring a delicious and elegant menu and the classical guitar stylings of James Davis. Dinner is served between 5p and 9p. Please visit or Call 970-586-9344 to learn more about Twin Owls, review their menu, or to make your reservation.


Mountain Town Trio plays at Mary’s Lake Lodge from 6p-10p where you’ll find a good variety of pub style foods and an excellent section of microbrews. More info:  or call 970-586-5958.


For an intimate dining experience with excellent food, brews, and lots of mountain character, visit The Rock Inn.  Dinner is served from 4pm, and the “Alternate Valentine’s Day Party”  officially starts at 9pm with live music by James and the Devil.   On Friday night, enjoy acoustics by David Potter.  For more info, a comprehensive event schedule and a look at their delightful modern menu, please visit or call 970-586-4116.


In honor of President’s Day, entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is fee free from 8am on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, through end of day, Monday, February 16.  Discover the amazing adaptations that allow animals to survive (and thrive) throughout the winter by attending “Animals In Winter” a free 20-30 minute Ranger Program at Beaver Meadows Visitor daily at 10:30am.  For more Park information please visit


After the educational program, join the Rangers for a Snowshoe Ecology Walk. Weather permitting, the family friendly, free, two-hour beginner level adventure is held every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:30p to 2:30p. No park entrance fee this weekend, but guests are required to be at least 8 years old and to supply their own equipment including poles with baskets.  Please call Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 970-586-1223 between 8a and 4p daily to make required reservations seven (7) days or less prior to the desired program.  More info:


It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some kind of chocolate or sweet treat —  How about a freshly baked Valentine’s day Cake or amazing Chocolate Covered Strawberries delivered to your suite, beautifully displayed, waiting for you when you arrive?  Please visit Estes Park Pie Shop, featuring from-scratch (really amazing and delicious pies, cakes, cookies, and food) at  or call 970-577-7437.


For a complete list of Valentine Weekend events and activities please visit Boulder Brook Event Calendar or call us – we’re happy to provide information and make dining or massage reservations. We also have an amazing florist – Roses anyone?


However you choose to play, when you return to your beautiful Suite at Boulder Brook, you’ll find the river rolling, singing sweetly as the first tangy scent of spring brightens the clean, crisp mountain air and welcomes you to your home away from home.


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Winter Festival – A Fresh Take on a Cool Season

Visit Downtown for fun food, specials and family activities AND Check out the new Events Complex – 1209 Manford Ave – spacious, gracious, warm and welcoming with something for everyone and a very special place just for kids.


Opening night, Friday, January 16, from 7p-10p, features live Celtic music with The Commoners, Dance performances by McTaggart Irish Stepdancers and bagpipe performances by Daniel Lowell. Admission is $15 at the door.


On  Saturday, January 17, enjoy Beer & Wine tasting, Chili Cook-off sampling (red, green and white!), Live music with James and the Devil (12n-2p) and White Water Rample (3p-5p), giveaways and shopping while gleaning expert tips for choosing and using the right equipment for every and indoor and outdoor adventure.  Check in at Bear Lake Park & Ride for the 10am start of the Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Festival for snowshoe demos and expert advice.


On Sunday, January 18, the Burroughs play from 12p-2p and Pandas and People perform from 3p-5p.


On  Saturday and Sunday, the Kids’ Pavilion is filled with fun, free activities including snowman-human bowling, “snowballing” and a “snow-pool”; candy can necklace building; interactive photo booth; slapstick hockey, ice picking, a science station, face paingint, s’mores, and trackless train rides. Get epic with the snowboard simulator, and interact with “Frozen” ice sculptures.


Monday, January 19, celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. day with fee free entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Try sledding or snowshoe with your new gear at Hidden Valley before returning to town for a bit of afternoon ice skating and kids’activities downtown.


Visit our Calendar for daily details.







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Not the Outdoor Back-country Type?

No worries! There’s plenty to do and see right here in town. In the winter, our Elk, Mule Deer, Big Horn Sheep and beloved wildlife own the town. You are just a likely to see a gorgeous group of Bulls grazing in front of Town Hall (or browsing here at Boulder Brook) wandering Fall River Road or napping on one of the local sunny slopes, as you are a crowd of cows and yearlings crossing Big Thompson Road. You may even get the chance to watch wildlife from your beautiful Boulder Brook Suite as Elk, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Fox and several varieties of birds are fairly frequent visitors. Remember – winter is stressful or wildlife.  Please watch quietly and photograph from a safe distance.


A casual walk through town might include a visit to one or more of the Town’s beautiful galleries. Some of our Guest favorites include the Cultural Arts Council, Earthwood Artisans, Aspen & Evergreen, Images of RMNP and the Arts Center Pick up gallery/walking tour maps at the Cultural Arts Council.  And while you’re in the neighborhood, stop in to Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery to watch expert glass blowers make their magic or perhaps order something blown especially for you!


Along with amazing photography and original arts and crafts, downtown offers both specialty boutique and mountain style shopping – you can find anything from outdoor wear to special socks to that perfect piece of wearable art or new bag you’ll never want to be without.  More than 300 shops in Estes Park offer an unsurpassed variety, and most shops in the community ship purchases to any location within the United States.


In the heart of downtown next to Bond Park, Moon Kats, the new tea shop, offers a cozy respite with delicious teas and delicacies.  Enjoy a slice of fresh baked pie or hot corned beef sammy (or both!) at the 50’s style diner in Lower Stanley Village, You Need Pie! Or stop by Coffee on the Rocks  (Moraine Ave) and sip the morning brew while they prepare a lovely carving board lunch for you to take with you on your day-trip into RMNP for wildlife watching and picture-taking from the cozy warmth of your vehicle.


Check out the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. It’s a unique building done in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, and inside is a wealth fun and information.  Become a Junior Ranger or chat with a Park Ranger. Most are happy to talk with you about anything park or wildlife related, and the stunning 23-minute park film, Spirit of the Mountains, is available upon request.  Several free short programs are available each week. RMNP Program Schedule:


If the kids need to stretch their legs, the giant playground next to the Fairgrounds is a great choice, and the paved/plowed walking path will give you all a good workout without getting too far from local conveniences.  Visit the downtown Ice Skating rink, take in a movie or go bowling!  You can skate (110 East Riverside Drive, Downtown) Friday evening through Sunday afternoon for only $4 ($2 skate rental and $2 admission).  Reel Mountain Movie Theater is open daily Chipper’s Lanes www.chipperslanes.comis open seven days a week and features video games, pool tables, music, great burgers—and of course, bowling!


At the end of your wanderings, check out a DVD or music CD at the front desk and return to your warm, comfortable suite for a relaxing afternoon by the river or a romantic evening by the fire. Every season is blissful at Boulder Brook. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Play Outside! 

Winter is an enchanting time to explore RMNP. Breathe deeply of the fresh, mountain air, marvel at the sunny, crystalline sky as you snowshoe, cross-country ski, and at lower elevations, hike!  With the right gear and clothing, outdoor activities are exhilarating, fun and educational.


Snowshoe in the beautiful backcountry.  Snowshoeing is easy to learn! Beginning or first-time snow shoe adventurers can explore the natural world of the subalpine forest with a Ranger on a two-hour snowshoe ecology walk. No previous snowshoe experience is required. Participants must furnish their own equipment, including poles with baskets, and be at least 8 years old.


From January 1 through March 21 the east side (Beaver Meadows) Ranger-led Snowshoe Ecology Walk is held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m.  There is no fee for the snowshoe program. The Park entrance fee applies. Reservations are required and can be made in advance, seven days or less prior to the desired program date.  To make reservations for east side snowshoe walks, call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1223. Please call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Sled, board, tube or cross-country ski at Hidden Valley.  Hidden Valley slopes have been contoured to enhance the safety of sledding and other snow-play activities. The gentle sledding hill is especially enjoyed by younger park visitors but don’t let that stop you – everyone can slide down a hill on a sled and have fun!  Facilities at Hidden Valley include a warming hut, which is open weekends, and heated flush restrooms which are open daily. This area is also a good base location for those interested in backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the undeveloped areas in and around Hidden Valley.


If you don’t plan to pack gear, Estes Park Mountain Shop rents everything you need including snowshoes, sleds, snowboards, cross-country equipment and guides! For more information on guided tours, gear and equipment rental please visit


Wildlife Watching. Elk, coyote, deer, snowshoe hare, fox, raptors and other wildlife remain active through the winter.  Elk and Mule Deer are most active at dusk and dawn and when not cruising downtown, tend towards the meadow areas.  Bighorn Sheep can be found along the Highway 34/Fall River corridor and with fair frequency, here at Boulder Brook!  Birders will enjoy Steller’s jays, gray jays, Clark’s nutcrackers, magpies, woodpeckers,raptors and several other winged species who live here year-round.


Whether cruising by snowshoe, sled, on foot or by car, remember to be prepared and be safe!  Always be prepared for quickly changing winter weather conditions including high winds and sudden drops in temperature.  Remember the days are much shorter and navigating in winter conditions can be a challenge.  A topographic map and compass or a GPS (Global Positioning System) (or both?) are strongly recommended. Keep in mind that many park trails are not marked for winter use.  Both signs and the summer trails can be buried beneath snow and difficult to follow.  Following other people’s tracks could get you lost.  So prior planning is critical!


To help plan your RMNP adventure and wildlife watching day-trip please visit the RMNP road status website at Before going into the park, Backcountry users should always check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website at Whenever visiting Rocky Mountain National Park to snowshoe, ski or hike, stop by a park visitor center, check in with a Ranger, or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206 for current road and snow conditions.

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Christmas Dining is lavish and delicious!

Whether you enjoy traditional fare or modern flare, dining out this Christmas will be delicious, delightful, and clean-up free!


Christmas Eve at Twin Owls Steakhouse features a special menu at a special price. For $36, enjoy a four-ounce buffalo filet grilled and topped with cranberries and onions with a four-ounce quail stuffed with mandarins and pecans and topped with a mandarin cream sauce. Served with green chile and white cheddar mashed potatoes.  Reservations Highly Recommended: 970-586-9344


On Christmas day, choose a bountiful buffet:


The Christmas Feast at the Aspen Lodge features organic, locally grown produce and products as well as delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Reservations Required: 970-586-8133.  After Brunch festivities include horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides (weather and snow dependent) holiday drinks and munchies next to the cozy fire and decorated Christmas Tree.  Ride times 12n – 3pm. Reservations recommended $20/adult $10/child (11 & under).


Christmas Brunch at The Stanley Hotel MacGregor Ballroom is always a lavish affair featuring traditional and nouveau holiday fare. Adults $64 Children 6-12 $29  Children 5 and under Free.  Reservations required: 970-577-4001


The Other Side Restaurant welcomes everyone to their annual Traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet. 11am – 7pm, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 Adults: $33.50, Kids ages 10-14: $14.95, Kids ages 9 and under:$2 for each year old.  Reservations Recommended: 970-586-2171

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The Best Stop on the 2014 Tinsel Tavern Tour

is here, at Boulder Brook!  Saturday night, December 13, Dress up in your holiday best or wear your cheesiest holiday sweater and hop on board the free trolley from Boulder Brook to and from the holiday festivities.  Enjoy the kick-off party, live entertainment, appetizers and merriment before visiting several favorite Estes Park Taverns.


Tickets include:

  • attendance to the official kick-off party including hoers 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.
  • A signature Tinsel Tavern 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)


Purchase tickets 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

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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