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Estes Park Duck Race — Family Fun & Silliness for a Great Cause

Hundreds of visitors have learned how simple the Duck Race is. You “adopt” little rubber duckies and select one of nearly 70 different Estes Valley charities to benefit from your adoptions. These charities receive 95% of the money collected from adoptions.


In addition to yummy, homemade treats, book and souvenir sales and a general air of family friendly fun and celebration, Duck Race Day offers activities and entertainment for all.


Race festivities get underway at Nicky’s Resort at 11 a.m. on race day. Ducks go into the water at 1 p.m. and activities continue in Riverside Plaza until the last duck swims past the finish line.


Duck Race Day Schedule


11am – Nicky’s Resort/Steakhouse (1350 Fall River Road) Duck Sales, Duck Adoption Forms, Duck-themed souvenirs

11am-12:45pm Music: Riverside Ramblers

12n – 1p Music: Estes Park Singers

12n – 4p Face-painting for everyone

12:30p – 3p Music: The Jug Band

1p – 2:30p Caricatures by The Local Herd

1p – 2p – Bruiser the Big Dog

1p – 4p – Balloon Art by Bongo

2p – 4p – Music: Dick Orleans


As a bonus for the Duck Race weekend, merchants in downtown Estes Park set up tables outside their businesses for the annual spring sidewalk sale.

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All that Jazz and an Art Walk too!

It is so wonderful to see the fresh, green grass; tiny leaf buds on the trees and flowering shrubs, migrating birds returning, and warm wonderful sunshine coaxing the daffodils from their winter sleep.  Wildlife is waking, returning, eating their way back and forth up and down Fall River Road as we begin to bloom and prepare to welcome visitors in high mountain style to the 24th annual Estes Park Jazz Fest & Art Walk on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014.


The Estes Park Jazz fest has become one of Colorado’s premier Jazz Festivals, presenting the finest national and regional artists, representing everything from classic to modern and even futuristic Jazz.  Enjoy music from seven bands and enjoy exploring unique galleries exhibiting exceptional art. Art Walk maps are available at the Jazz Festival in Performance Park and at the Cultural Art Council Fine Art Gallery at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave.


Festival Schedule:



12:00pm – 12:45pm – Estes Park Jazz Big Band, Swingin’ Big Band Sounds

1:05pm – 2:10pm – Manuel Lopez & The Latin Jazz Trio w/ Maria Lopez. Latin and Cuban style

2:30pm – 3:40pm – The Max Wagner Quartet, Modern Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Vocals

4:00pm – 5:00pm – United States Air Force Falconaires, Modern Big Band Jazz

All Day – Art Walk, browse the Estes Park Art Galleries. Art Walk maps located at the Jazz Festival and the Cultural Arts Council, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave.

6:30pm – 9:30pm Evening Jazz Downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant. The Max Wagner Quartet, Reservations Suggested 970-586-3330



12:00pm – 1:20pm – Myra Warren & The Ellyn Rucker Quartet – Swing Style

1:45pm – 3:15pm – Festival Headliner: SAX APPEAL -New York saxophone Legends: Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison

3:40pm – 5:00pm – Scott Martin – Classics of The Great American Songbook

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Every day is Earth Day

On a perfect Spring day like today when the sky is crystalline blue, the sun is warm, the crisp mountain breeze ruffles last year’s abandoned leaves and melting snow reveals the first, fresh, green signs of returning life, it is easy to get lost in beauty and forget that our wildlife population is just returning, waking and/or recovering from a very stressful winter.


Everything is hungry! The birds empty our rather large feeder about every 36 hours. We’ll have to take it down shortly so as not to attract our waking and very hungry bears.  Our BB fox is beautiful, but quite slender. With their winter coats all shaggy and long and their antler buds looking a little like giant dog bones, our Elk seem to have “bed head” all over their bodies. The Elk, Mule Deer, and Big Horn Sheep have literally been eating their way up and down Fall River Road and hardly look up – even to have their picture taken.


As nature warms and awakens, so our visitor population increases, as does the human impact on our beautiful environment.  With just a little planning and conscientious attention to detail, we can appreciate, enjoy and live peacefully and respectfully with our world and all its inhabitants.


Gather to learn and appreciate all nature has to offer as Rocky Mountain National Park Celebrates Earth Day and National Park Week with a fun filled day of activities. Park admission is free on both Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. From 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 19, visitors to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (US Highway 36) will learn about the importance of evironmental service and becoming better, more aware stewards of our beautiful country and all of its inhabitants.


Saturday, April 19, Schedule:


10a – 1p Biodiversity Olympics (Family friendly activities to get moving)
10:30a – 11:30a Volunteer Trash Pick-Up (Remember to dress for our high altitude, mountain spring weather. Equipment will be provided.)
10:30a Bear Necessities Program
11:30a Storytime with a Ranger
2p Skins and Skulls Program
1p – 3p Nature Walks
1p – 4p Tour the Park Greenhouse
There will also be an Arts & Crafts station to create cool Earth Day artwork. You can pick up a special Earth Day Scavenger Hunt acitity sheet and/or a Junior Ranger Activity Book.


Throughout the day, Park staff, Rangers, and Scientists will be available to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the Park Information Office at 970-586-1206.

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Easter Brunch in Estes Park —

Celebrate Easter in fine dining style. With several venues to choose from, you are bound to find “just right” for you!  Reservations required or highly recommended so book now!


Easter Brunch

The Other Side—9am – 3pm

Sunday, April 20th, 9am – 3pm
Traditional Champagne Easter Brunch Buffet
Adults, $29.95, Children ages 10-14, $12.95, ages 9 and under $2/year
Reservations Required, 970-586-2171


The Stanley – 11am – 4pm

333 E Wonderview Ave

Traditional Easter Brunch Buffet
Adults, $52, Children ages 5-12, $26, ages 5 and under eat free
Reservations Required, 970-577-4001


YMCA of the Rockies – 11am – 3pm
2515 Tunnel Rd

Traditional Easter Brunch Buffet
Adults, $32, Children $11, ages 5 and under eat free
Reservations Required, 970-586-3341 x1378


Waterfront Grille at Estes Park Resort – 10am – 4pm

1700 Big Thompson Ave
Traditional Easter Brunch Buffet
Adults, $40, Children ages 5 – 12, $12, ages 5 and under free
Reservations Recommended, 970-577-6416


Longz Mountain Grill at Rocky Mountain Park Inn — 7am – 2pm
101 S St Vrain Ave

Traditional Easter Brunch Buffet –

Adults, $18.95, Children $9.95
Reservations Recommended, 970-586-2332 x358


Rock Inn Mountain Tavern  – 10am
1675 Colorado 66

Easter Sunday Brunch Menu with live music by acoustic extraordinaire, Jon Pickett, 10am
Dinner will be served alongside live music by the talented, Arthur Lee Land, 7:30pm – 10:30pm


Nicky’s Steak House  – 12n – 4pm
1350 Fall River Rd

Traditional Champagne Easter Brunch Buffet
Adults, $29.00
Reservations Recommended, 970-586-5376


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Springtime in the Rockies – Bears are waking up and they’re hungry!

From the Front Range to the Western Slope, our cherished Black Bears are waking from their winter hibernation.  Left to their own devices, bears will naturally gravitate to the areas with the best food. They can smell a promising food source from miles away. It is up to us as friends of nature to ensure that the best food is not leftover pizza or pizza boxes, pet food, bird food, food wrappers, deli, grill or kitchen scraps.


Working with nature takes just a little extra effort. Remember:


  • Thoroughly clean picnic areas – leave no scent, leave no trace.
  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wildlife. It is illegal and potentially dangerous for both you and the animals.
  • When camping, be sure to hang food high in trees and/or lock down food and trash in vehicles.
  • Diligently use Bear Safe dumpsters.


We welcome and appreciate ALL of our visitors – two and four-legged alike. It is up to us to be respectful of nature and to remember we are nature’s caretakers and guardians. Love the outdoors and all life in it – Be safe. Be conscientious. Be Bear Aware.


For more information on living with wildlife, please visit


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Backyard Wildlife Watching

8:55am: Pressed into the fresh snow, the hoof-tracks lead from Fall River Road around the drive and down onto the property. 10:00am: One of our guests stops by the office to thank us for sending the Elk to keep them company for breakfast.  I put in a special order just for you! So glad you enjoyed their company!


At this time of year, Wildlife graces town and local roadways with their presence, often in the most unexpected ways.


6:45am: Eight Elk Cows are browsing the little park and riverbank on the west end of the Riverwalk.  My dog and I are spotted. One of the cows makes eye contact with me. Good Morning Girls! We’re just going to walk around you.  There seems to be an acknowledgment - I see or imagine a look of understanding and she and the others go back to their breakfast.


4:oopm:  One gorgeous Ram with a large, thick spiral of antler leads his harem from Fall River Road up the hill across the street from our office. They graze by digging up the snow and stop traffic for a couple of hours. Big horn sheep are amazing to see close up–their legs and hooves appear incredibly delicate but they are swift, agile, and very strong. The group heralds a dozen females, a couple of young bucks (who head-butt for fun and produce a unique percussive sound) and one really amazing, gawky-legged brown baby whose grace on four legs most two-legged creatures would envy.


Here at Boulder Brook we enjoy many wonderful visitors – some, like the owls, fox, and occasional small group of coyote only come at night. Some, like the Bobcat, just leave tracks. And some, like the Elk, stay for breakfast.  It is pretty awesome that viewing wildlife in their natural habitat can be as easy as looking out the window or, if the timing is right, wrapping up and admiring them from your deck.


There’s lots of snow. The roads are clear and the Park is open. Come on by and set a spell. We’ll put in a special order for you.  No promises, but we’ll do our best!



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Fresh Art

Each January, the Art Center of Estes Park begins the new year by featuring the artist members who joined the Art Center the previous year.  The first Art Center Show of 2014 opens on Friday, January 10 and runs through February 16, 2014 and features Tom Blaue (Colorado), Kate Cox (UK), Deedee Hampton (Louisiana), Anne Phillips (Colorado) and Fi Rust (UK).  These five artists demonstrate their passion and express their life experiences with brilliant color, shape, and in photography, paint, textiles, fabric, and more.


A true Rocky Mountain resource, the Art Center of Estes Park is a nonprofit organization providing a facility to support the work of local and regional artists striving to promote fine art excellence, exhibition, and education in the visual arts. Sale proceeds benefit the artists and contribute to the Art Center’s education and community outreach programs.  The Art Center is open daily from 10am to 5pm.  For more information call 970-586-5882, visit or drop in and see the wonder at 517 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517 in Middle Stanley Village.

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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