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5 Day Trips from Estes Park

05/14/2019 | by Lyles Armour | Estes Park Local Area Rocky Mountain National Park

While there is plenty to explore in Estes Park, there is a whole other world outside of town waiting to be discovered – that can easily be seen in a day. So, hop in your car or rent a car and discover these day trips from Estes Park.

Lyons

An easy 30-minute drive from Estes Park, the small town of Lyons has a lot to offer visitors. The town is home to ample outdoor space, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, and the annual Folks Festival – a part of the Planet Bluegrass lineup. During the day explore nearby Hall Ranch Open Space and grab lunch and drinks in town for a fun day trip from Estes Park.

How to get there: From town take US 36 east directly to Lyons.

Boulder

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Flatirons in Boulder, CO

Continue from Lyons or make a stop in Boulder on a single day trip. This eco-conscious mountain town rests in the shadows of the dominating Flatirons, the town’s most notable landmark – offering ample outdoor opportunity for hiking and biking. Spend the day exploring Chautauqua Park and its many trails, then head into town and stroll the streets with shopping and dining on South Pearl Street Mall. Boulder is also home to several breweries like Avery Brewery and Upslope Brewing Company.

How to get there: From town take US 36 E, pass through Lyons and continue south – following signs for Boulder.

Fort Collins

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Northeast of Estes Park, Fort Collins makes a great day trip from Estes Park. This vibrant town is chalked full of eateries, boutiques, pubs, breweries, and miles of open space waiting to be explored. Located near the Horsetooth Reservoir and Lovy State Park, the outdoor recreational opportunities in Fort Collins are endless. Fort Collins is also home to the famous New Belgium Brewery. Sip on some tasty suds after a brewery tour.

How to get there: Take US 34 east out of town and turn left onto Taft Hill Rd. heading north.

Grand Lake

Travel to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and visit the town of Grand Lake. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks the town is home to Grand Lake, the crown jewel of the town. The even larger Lake Granby is nearby offering plenty of recreational opportunities. As the headwaters to the Colorado River, the town is home to the highest registered yacht club, nation’s highest altitude golf course, and is a well-known spot for snowmobiling.

How to get there: From US 36 in town, take Trail Ridge Road, a popular scenic drive near Estes Park, for 40 miles – leading you directly into town.

Rocky Mountain National Park

While getting to Rocky Mountain National Park only takes a few minutes from Rocky Mountain Resorts in Estes Park, one day can easily be spent exploring the different areas of the park. From hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and wildlife viewing there are endless possibilities when exploring RMNP.

Read here for more about things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park lodging near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Resorts is a great lodging option for your day trips from Estes Park. Ideally located in the heart of Estes Park, our cabins, condos, and vacation homes offer ease and comfort with cozy mountain furnishings. So, start exploring all that Estes Park and surrounding areas have to offer with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts.

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