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The Scenic Route…

Make getting here as much fun as being here — take the scenic route and plan fun stops on the way.


You may choose to stop in Boulder, enjoy a meal or wander around Pearl Street then take Boulder Canyon Road (119) to SH7 through Nederland and visit The Carousel of Happiness.  For just $1 a ride, kids of all ages will enjoy the magic of this beautiful, hand-carved musical menagerie. The Carousel is located at 20 Lakeview Drive and is open every day. For more information please visit


If you choose to come through Lyons, you may enjoy a stop for refreshments and a little walk around town for oxygen and sunshine. Take SH7 through the beautiful canyon. As you approach Allen’s Park, you may choose a side trip to the Old Gallery or detour for a stroll through town. You may enjoy a hike at Wild Basin, or visit Longs Peak and/or Meeker point areas.


Just a couple of miles outside of Estes, you’ll find Lily Lake — a beautiful 3/4 mile stroller friendly trail around a fresh water lake surrounded by mountains.  Twin Sisters Trail Head is right across the street. Parking is free and can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but it’s worth it — fresh air, sunshine, and room for the kids run around before coming into town.


Whether you choose to dine, stroll, wander, sight-see, or just sit and take in the beauty of your surroundings, remember stop, breathe deeply, and smile – half the fun is getting here.

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