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6 Reasons Estes Park is the Best Mountain Town

01/26/2021 | by Lyles Armour | Estes Park Local Activities

Estes Park was named Best Mountain Town in Sunset’s 2018 Travel Awards for its charming downtown and front door entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Since 2018, there have been many improvements and changes that have taken place to enhance your getaway. Discover why so many come to visit and see why Estes Park is still the best mountain town!

Endless outdoor activities

Because of Estes Park’s proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and other mountainous regions, there is a seemingly endless supply of outdoor activities to choose from. From fly fishing on the Big Thompson River and paddle boarding on Lake Estes to hiking in the backcountry of RMNP and cross-country skiing, there something for everyone, no matter the season.

For a full list of things to do in Estes Park, indoors and outdoors, visit our activities page.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park acts as the basecamp for all your adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park. The park’s east entrance at Beaver Meadows rests just west of downtown, making it easy for day trips to the park. Plus, its accessibility from town makes Estes Park a great option for exploring the park during the day and resting up at night in a cozy cabin in town.

For affordable and comfortable Estes Park cabins, cottages, condos, and vacation home rentals close to the park, be sure to visit Rocky Mountain Resorts.

Charming downtown

Downtown Estes Park offers visitors plenty of things to do. from eateries and breweries to art galleries and local retail shops, there’s much to explore. Enjoy leisurely walks along the banks of the Big Thompson River at the town’s Riverwalk. Sip on a cup of coffee from a local roaster. Soak up the sites and sounds of the fresh mountain air, all of which make Estes Park the best mountain town for your next vacation!

Estes Park Events

Since 2018, Estes Park has added a handful of new events, ranging from outdoor music festivals to holiday parades. Throughout the year, you will find events to attend every season.

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some events may be canceled, postponed, or held with restrictions in place. Be sure to visit the events page at visitestespark.com for the most up to date information.

Visit year-round

Estes Park is a year-round destination that offers plenty of things to do, no matter the season. Spend your days hiking the area’s many trails or plunge into the Colorado River for an unforgettable rafting adventure. Discover golden aspens and the famous elk rut in the fall. And don’t miss the picturesque winter wonderland waiting to be explored in the winter.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

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Cabin with a fireplace at Lazy R Cottages.

Discover why Estes Park is the best mountain town with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts. Our lodging options are located in the heart of Estes Park, making everything easily accessible and convenient. We feature cozy cabins for two, plus large vacation homes sleeping up to 18 people, and everything in between. No matter how you want to explore Estes Park, make your home base with Rocky Mountain Resorts.

As always, be sure to check our monthly specials for discounted rates and special vacation packages.

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