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Estes Park is training, running and racing paradise. With thin air and high elevation, the challenge for runners intensifies, as does the thrill. The breathtaking mountain views and alpine inspiration keep spirits high, even during the longest of races. Whether you are looking to run the trails or are going for endurance, the Estes Park Summer Race Series will challenge you, leaving you in awe of both yourself and your surroundings. Tips on Running at Altitude


Here’s a breakdown of Runs and all the info you need to jump in and Run!


Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015: Estes Park Marathon, Marathon Relay, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run

Open meadows. Forested and stream-lined residential roads. Looming, spectacular peaks stretching toward the sky. All are integral to the Estes Park Marathon course that is known for having the highest paved route in the nation. Bond Park in downtown Estes Park is the perfect spot for kid’s activities and races.

The challenging USA Track & Field (USATF)-recognized race is held on Sunday. As part of this event, there is a race for every member of the family: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and 5K combined into the same race day. Walkers are encouraged to join the fun. And everybody’s off the course in seven hours. The Kid’s Fun Run and family fun festival takes place on Saturday. Register and find additional details at


Saturday, June 13, 2015: Elkhorn Dash Fun Run

A one mile, quick dash down the main street of Estes Park, Elkhorn Ave! Perfect for those looking to clock-in their personal best for a mile or families with wee-ones in strollers who want to take it a bit slower. Starting promptly at 7:45am near the Elkhorn Lodge on West Elkhorn Ave, have fun during this quick and scenic dash!

For more information about the race, call 970-214-4128 or go to


Saturday, July 18: Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K

Celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial anniversary by joining in this scenic race that will highlight the park’s history. The route starts near the Wild Basin Trailhad and winds along trails and roadsides, taking in majestic mountain views. Register and find additiaonl details at


Saturday, August 1, 2015: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon celebrates the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Challenge yourself with this high-altitude race through the spectacular Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. Beginning at the host hotel – the historic Stanley Hotel – at 6 a.m., the race will tour parts of town and stretch along the edge of the national park. You can find additional details and registration at


Sunday, September 13, 2015: Fall Classic Marathon, Estes Park to Loveland

This scenic marathon takes runners from the starting line of the historic Stanley Hotel down the descending curves of the Big Thompson Canyon (Hwy 34) past overlooks of the rushing river and bighorn sheep perched on steep cliffs above before finishing in Loveland, CO. Visit for more information on this top Boston & New York Marathon qualifying race.


Saturday,September 26, 2015: Running of the Bulls

A special, family-friendly run/walk around the 3.75-mile Lake Estes Trail, the Running of the Bulls both celebrates the magnificent elk rut (mating rituals) and raises funds Partners Mentoring youth, a local non-profit organization. Bring the dogs, the kids and an entourage to enjoy the beautiful scenery and refreshing autumn mountain air. More details can be found at


Wednesday-Saturday, October 7 -10, 2015: Estes Park Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference & Race 

The third annual Conference continues in the trail running mecca of Estes Park, CO. The first day of the Conference is for Trail Race Directors, with days 2 & 3 focused on Trail Runners, with interactive workshops, demonstrations, opportunities to try trail products, and educational speaker panels. The weekend finishes with a trail race on Sunday and is open to the public.

The conference is organized and presented by Active at Altitude, provider of running camps and active vacations, training, wellness and spiritual connection at 8,200 feet in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Visit for more information or to register for this thrilling and inspiring conference!


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Summer Theater in Grand Lake

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens their fifth summer season on June 12 and June 13 with the stage version of the Bradford Robes novel “42nd Street” in which an aspiring chorus girl ‘saves the play.’


On June 19 and 20, get creepy and know it with the very funny “Addams Family,” adapted from the Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice book, based on characters created by Charles Addams with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.  Everyone will love this macabre, funny musical in which the “ultimate princess of darkness,” Wednesday Addams, now all grown up and in love brings her “normal” boyfriend home to meet “the folks.”


On July 3 and 4 jump out of your blue suede shoes and dance in the aisles with “All Shook Up” the hip swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy inspired by Elvis Presley,


The three shows performed in rotation throughout the summer run from now through the end of August.  For tickets and additional information and details please visit or call the theatre at 970-627-3421.





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Climb and Hike with Professional Mountain Guides

Join the Professional Mountain Guides at Colorado Mountain School for an exceptional guided outdoor experience.  No matter your age, background, or fitness level, there’s a perfect hike or climb for you!  You can experience Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Guide Training, Avalanche Education, Ski Mountaineering, or Ice Climbing!  Whether a novice or a seasoned alpinist, Colorado Mountain School guides will provide the educational and fun experience that you and your group or family are seeking.


Half Day Fun Hikes and Climbs introduce you to the beautiful trails and classic climbs in Rocky. These outings are ideal for beginners: the only requirements are a willingness to try something new and sense of adventure!  Estes Park Half Day Hikes or Climbs are offered three times each week on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8a – 12p. The fee is $90 per participant.


If you are aiming higher, you can climb Longs Peak with the experts. As the sole concessionaire for technical climbing in RMNP, the guides at Colorado Mountain School are the experts on Longs Peak.  Join them on any route, including the popular Keyhole, the historic Cables route, or even climb the awe-inspiring Diamond.


You can even hire a private guide for rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, or skiing when it works best for you.  CMS offers private guiding every day of the year!  If you would like to cover the curriculum from a certain course but can’t make the course date, or if you have your own objective in mind, CMS will customize your experience. Custom private guiding allows you to do what you want to do when you want to do it.


Why choose CMS?  Their trained guides can introduce you to the world-class, vertical environments and backcountry of the Front Range. CMS guides provide unforgettable climbing experiences, and enable you to progress to new levels of adventure. All CMS Guides are American Mountain Guide Association trained and/or certified, First Aid and CPR certified and Wilderness First Responder certified. Read more about what sets them apart and get to know their guides at or call Colorado Mountain School 800-836-4008 for more information or to book your special mountain experience.



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Spring Wildlife Advice from CPW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds us to be aware of ourselves, our behavior and our proximity to wild animals and their newborns.  We love them and they are amazing and incredibly delicate and beautiful. We quite naturally desire to connect with nature – often by getting up close, by touching with our hands or by feeding with inappropriate and sometimes deadly foods – all of which are dangerous and harmful behaviors.


Never feed wildlife! Remember, feeding wildlife is illegal and has been since 1992. Game animals – Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorns – are ungulates with complex four-chambered stomachs that digest foraged foods via fermentation. Corn and Grain are toxic to ruminants! So far, in May of this year, one bighorn Ram and three deer were found dead as the result of human feeding.  Feeding wildlife does more harm than good.  Be conscientious about your choices – enjoy nature and abundant wild life without feeding or endangering the animals.


Never Intervene with Wild Babies or Their Mothers!  Weather in feathers or in fur, it is very, very rare for a wild mom to abandon her offspring.  It is quite normal for adults animals to leave their babes in safe places while they forage or hunt.


CPW reminds us that baby mammals have no scent so predators can’t find them.   If you are fortunate enough to come upon a little one, look, don’t touch, don’t feed, and don’t get too close.  Chances are good that mom is closer than you think and will smell and see you long before you see her.  This is especially true if you are walking with your dog. Moose, Elk, Deer, and Sheep are extremely sensitive to the presence of dogs (predators!) so keep your pet leashed and quiet so as not to disturb the moms or the babes.  Remember, new moms are jumpy, nervous, easily agitated, some weigh over 600 pounds.  If you are more than noticed, if you are being watched or stared at, if a head is down or a hoof is pawed, you are way too close and probably in danger! Back away. Remember, both furred and feathered little ones are easily terrified and can be frightened to death by human or canine contact.


If you notice a wild babe alone for 24 hours, call the Rangers or Colorado Department of Wildlife, or even the local Police Department who will get in touch with the right Wildlife Responders.  They’ll know how to best handle the situation and the babe so everyone is safe and well.


We love our wildlife friends and visitors. It is always a thrill when the elk come for breakfast or the Big Horns come for snack.  As is best for them, they eat what nature provides.  What’s best for us as stewards of land and nature is to honor and respect, enjoy and protect by being conscientious observers —  aware of ourselves, responsible for our behavior, and respectful of wild life in the beautiful environment around us.

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Trail Ridge Road Open with Night Closures

As of Friday, May 29, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened. Due to heavy melting on the road during the day and freezing temperatures at night, visitors should plan for night closures occurring at 8:00pm until conditions change.  Road crews and rangers will reassess conditions each morning and reopen the road when and if conditions allow.  Alpine Visitor Center and Trail Ridge Store are expected to open soon.


Weather conditions can change rapidly.  Travelers are encouraged to call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222 for updates during and after regular office hours.  For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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Use Caution and The Zoom

Spring is birthing season and wild babies are everywhere!  From now through mid-summer visitors are likely to see young animals that may appear alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails (especially close to Lake Estes) or along the sides of roads.  Rest assured, they have not been abandoned. If you see a baby animal, move away quickly. Never get between a mom and her offspring.


If you are a parent, you understand why. An Elk cow will know you are close and both see and smell you long before you see her. The same holds true for Deer and Moose mothers, so do not approach or attempt to get the baby animal to move.  They are safe and secure right where they are and mom is probably a lot closer than you may realize.  As wonderful as calves and fawns and pups and kits are, Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDW) reminds us not to approach, touch or handle young animals as they are best cared for by their parents.


It seems strange to us that animal “infants” are left alone by their mothers but it is to their advantage and for their benefit. Young elk and deer and moose, for example, carry no scent, blend well in to their surroundings, and learn to stay still, silent and safe while their mothers forage and gain the nutrition they need to recover from birthing and produce milk for the young ones to nurse.


CDW reminds us also to keep our pets leashed and/or under control.  As much as we love them and as domesticated as they are at home, in the woods, dogs and cats are natural predators. Canines and Felines acting on their natural instincts will find young animals, birds and bird eggs, and can attack, kill, or even frighten a babe to death.


Remember – for the benefit and safety of all –  Look. Keep your distance. Use the zoom!

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Digging Out Trail Ridge Road May 2015 Update

access RMNP snow removal crews usually begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid April from both east and west sides to meet up near the middle at the Alpine Visitor Center (11,796 feet above sea level).


The annual target for opening the road is Memorial Day Weekend. However, where plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet, this spring, they have also dealt with fairly consistent freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet, lots of wet and stormy weather with many days of low to no visibility, high wind, drifting snow, and icy road conditions.


Park snowplow operators will continue to plow the road, and it will open as soon as it is safe to do so.  Due to the extended forecast for winter conditions at higher elevations, it is too soon to predict when Trail Ridge Road will be open for the season.  Remember, too, that melting and refreezing snow creates icy road conditions after sundown at higher elevations. Please plan your trip accordingly.


Park staff expect a busy Memorial Day Weekend throughout Rocky Mountain National Park.   Visitors planning to recreate in the park’s backcountry, depending on their destination, should be prepared for a variety of conditions including snow, ice, slush and mud.


For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park Information Office at (970) 586-1206, the Trail Ridge Road status recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222 or check the park’s website at

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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