March 17th, 2014
Whether you are planning to stay a day or a week, Estes Park has many things to offer.read more
Aerial Tram Ride the aerial tram to the summit of Prospect Mountain for great views of Estes Park. (summer only) – (970) 586-3675 www.estestram.com
Bond Park Situated in the heart of downtown Estes Park, Bond Park is host to many festivals, concerts and shows throughout the year. – Corner of Elkhorn Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Park Avenue
Elkhorn Lodge the Elkhorn Lodge is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the state of Colorado. Stop by for a horseback ride up Old Man Mountain or wander the grounds to see the first schoolhouse and other historic buildings. – 600 West Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park (970) 586-4416
Enos Mills Cabin Museum & Gallery Best known as “The Father of Rocky Mountain National Park”, Enos Mills was also an author, photographer, nature guide, innkeeper, lecturer and adventurer. The Enos Mills Cabin is the homestead cabin he built in 1885. It is open by appointment only. – (970) 586-4706 www.enosmills.com
Estes Park Museum the museum presents exhibits and programs detailing the history of the Estes Park area.
– (970) 586-6256 www.estes.org/museum
Estes Park Visitor Center Get area information and answers to any questions you may have at the Visitor Center!
Mid-May to September 30 from 9AM to 8 PM (9AM to 6PM Sundays)
October 1 to mid-May from 9AM to 5PM (Sunday 10AM to 4PM)
500 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park – (800) 44-ESTES or (970) 577-9900
The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park The fairgrounds at Stanley Park host many events throughout the year for locals and visitors to Estes Park. These events include: The Rooftop Rodeo, the Scottish Highland Festival, the Wool Market, a weekly farmer’s market (summer only), and the Winter Festival. The parking lot at the fairgrounds provides overflow parking for downtown Estes Park with shuttles to both downtown and to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Fall River Hydro Plant Built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley to produce electricity for the Stanley Hotel and surrounding areas, the attraction is open to the public as an interpretive center from June through August from 1 PM to 4 PM (closed Mondays) – 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park – (970) 586-6256
Knoll-Willows Open Space A turn-of-the-twentieth-century cabin and structural ruins accessible year-round. It is located behind Town Hall and the Estes Valley Public Library. Parking available off Wonderview Avenue or behind Town Hall.
Lake Estes Lake Estes is a focal point in downtown Estes Park. The lake features picnic and beach sites and fishing in multiple locations. The Lake Estes Trail is a popular trail for a scenic, loop walk (or bike ride or skate) with minimal elevation change around the lake. At Lake Estes Marina, visitors can rent bikes, pedal carts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes & kayaks, and fishing rods & reels.
Lake Estes Marina, Store & Pavilion 1770 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park (closed November to February).
Long’s Peak Long’s Peak is the only mountain peak over 14,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a prominent feature of the Estes Park skyline and a popular climb for hikers and climbers.
MacGregor Ranch Founded 1873, MacGregor Ranch remains a showplace of the lifestyle of early settlers to Estes Park. Featuring a museum, educational center and working ranch, MacGregor Ranch museum features original furnishings and memorabilia from three generations of the MacGregor family. Tours are available of the original ranch house as well as historic outbuildings. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10AM to 4 PM (closed Mondays). – (970) 586-3749 www.macgregorranch.org
Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Centers Rocky Mountain National Park features 5 visitor centers in and around the park. In Estes Park, the Beaver Meadows visitor center is located on Moraine Avenue, 1 mile east of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. Also in Estes Park is the Fall River Visitor Center on Fall River Road approximately .25 miles east of the park entrance. Other visitor centers include the Moraine Park Visitor Center and the Alpine Visitor Center (open seasonally), as well as the Kawuneeche Visitor Center located at the Grand Lake Entrance Station on the west side of the park. Each visitor center offers a bookstore, printed information on the park, access to knowledgeable park staff, as well as displays on park wildlife and geology.
Stanley Hotel Built by F.O. Stanley (creator of the Stanley Steamer) in 1909, the Stanley hotel is a majestic landmark in downtown Estes Park. In addition to its hotel and restaurant, the Stanley hotel offers The Stanley Tour, ghost hunts (did you know the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining”?), a sculpture garden, and a butterfly encounter, in addition to being a beautiful historic building.