Estes Park is the perfect destination for an unforgettable summer vacation! Nestled at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, this charming mountain town offers endless adventures, exciting events, and cozy cabin accommodations. Ready to make the most of your trip? Here’s your ultimate guide to planning the best Estes Park summer vacation.

Activities to Do

Hiking and Exploring

Estes Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 350 miles of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, you can hike to your heart’s content. Trails like Emerald Lake, Bear Lake, and Alberta Falls offer breathtaking views and are perfect for all skill levels. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes!

Wildlife Watching

Summer in Estes Park is prime time for wildlife watching. Elk, deer, moose, and even bears can be spotted in and around the park. Head to Moraine Park or the Kawuneeche Valley for some of the best viewing opportunities.


For anglers, Estes Park is paradise. The area’s lakes and rivers, including Lake Estes and the Big Thompson River, are teeming with trout. Whether you’re fly fishing or baitcasting, you’re in for a rewarding experience.

Scenic Drives

Take a drive along Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. The views are absolutely breathtaking, with numerous pullouts where you can stop and soak in the scenery. Don’t miss the Alpine Visitor Center for a high-altitude treat.

Adventure Sports

For thrill-seekers, Estes Park offers rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Book a guided rock climbing tour to scale the granite cliffs or hit the trails on a mountain bike for an adrenaline rush.


Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo

Held every July, the Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo is a must-see event. With rodeo performances, parades, and live music, it’s a true Western experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Summer Concerts in the Park

Enjoy live music every Thursday night at Performance Park. Bring a picnic, relax on the lawn, and enjoy a variety of musical genres under the starry sky.

Estes Park Wine Festival

Celebrate summer with a glass of wine in hand at the Estes Park Wine Festival. Featuring local wineries, food vendors, and live entertainment, this event in August is perfect for wine lovers.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Once you find the best time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Resorts is the ideal choice for lodging in the area after enjoying the beauty of Estes Park. We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from cozy cabins and cottages to large and spacious vacation homes. In addition, guests enjoy the nightlife of downtown Estes Park and are less than a 10-minute drive from all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. You truly have the best access to must-do Estes Park activities with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts! Book with us today.