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  • Driving near Rocky Mountain National Park

    What to do if Rocky Mountain National Park is packed?

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    Summer is a peak traffic time for Rocky Mountain National Park but it's not the only place to go in the area! Check out some alternative hot spots near Estes Park for great views and fun as you wait for the lines to die down. Allenspark Head up Highway 7 for a beautifully scenic drive (including easy stops for stunning views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker) to Allenspark, a small mountain town...

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    Wineries of the Rockies

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    There's not much to whine about when you visit Colorado - especially our wine! Get to know the wineries of the Rockies, including one in Estes Park, and plan ahead for the Estes Park Wine Festival, August 12 - 13! Snowy Peaks Winery Based in Estes Park, Snowy Peaks is a great place to spend an afternoon in town. On Friday nights, you can also catch live music from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. or attend the...

  • Driving along Trail Ridge Road

    Get to know Trail Ridge Road

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    Planning on driving along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) this summer? It’s a popular scenic drive near Estes Park and an amazing way to see the park with its unrivaled elevation and status as one of the top roads of America’s Byways in Colorado. The 48-mile road was first opened to drivers in 1932 and climbs as high as 12,000 ft. with about 11 miles of the trail above...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Adventures with altitude

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    Enjoy some high-flying adventures in the Rockies with our adventures with altitude. From the aerial tramway to whitewater rafting, we've got it all! Plan an epic summer vacation exploring Estes Park and gaining some impressive elevation. Aerial tramway An easy way for everyone to gain some elevation in Estes Park is to take a ride on the Aerial Tramway! The tram takes riders to the summit of...

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    Free family-friendly summer

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    Planning an affordable family vacation to Estes Park? Check out some of our top free or low-cost activities to add to your travel itinerary without breaking your vacation budget! Rock Climbing at Performance Park Be one of the first to scale the rock wall behind Performance Park at the west end of downtown Estes Park. Just installed this spring, the cliff face is now climbable, thanks to the...

  • Lake Estes

    Estes Park summer 2017 events

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    Though it feels like winter might not want to quit around here in Colorado, we can’t help but get excited about the wonderful lineup of summer activities happening near Rocky Mountain National Park! Plan your Estes Park vacation around these fun summer events - many with free entry! June Jazz Fest Weekend, June 3 – 4 The mountains are alive with the sound of music in early June at the annual...

  • Rocky Mountain Resorts' cabin

    Alternatives to Moraine Park Campground

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    Looking for alternative lodging with the Moraine Park Campground closure? For most of May, the campground will be closed for water system repairs and since you’ll still have plenty of time in the summer for camping but have already dreamed of the perfect Rocky Mountain National Park getaway, we do have options for you! Our Triple R Cottages in Estes Park are close to the national park’s entrance...

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    Off the beaten path Estes Park

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    Planning to visit Estes Park this year and looking to get away from some of the crowds or desiring a more authentic experience? See Estes Park like a local with some of these hidden gems, shops, and restaurants that are off the beaten path! El Mex-Kal, 160 1st Street, Estes Park This family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant offers authentic (and delicious!) cuisine. Located near the...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park lake and wildlife

    Hiking safety tips

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    Rocky Mountain National Park is wonderful to explore by hiking but we want to make sure you make it back to your Estes Park cabin safely! We’ve outlined some of our top hiking safety tips and hiking etiquette reminders before you hit the trail. Check conditions Check the trail and weather conditions on the day of your hike to ensure there are no closures or impacted trails. Keep a close eye on...

  • Estes Park's Centennial Celebration

    Estes Park Centennial

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    While Estes Park is celebrating our Centennial year in 2017, the town’s history began long before it was established in 1917. The Arapaho tribe frequented the Estes Valley in the late 1700s, and in 1859, Joel Estes, a Kentucky-born adventurer who struck it rich in the California gold rush, “discovered” the Estes Valley. The town of Estes Park was platted in 1905 by Abner Sprague, and within a...

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