Estes Park Museums

Things to Do in Estes Park, CO

After a visit to one of our five museums, you might be surprised at how much history this small, seemingly ordinary town has. Make sure to add to your Estes Park, Colorado activities a visit to one of these museums during your vacation.

The Estes Park Museum, founded by volunteers in 1962, is an opportunity to see some true local history—one of their past exhibits featured a selection of butterfly samples from the town’s first mayor. Exhibits change throughout the year, so even if you’ve stopped by in the past, there may be something new for you to see today.

Open to the public from June through August, the MacGregor Ranch offers guided museum tours, exhibits of horse-drawn machinery, agricultural activities and nature trails that would be especially good for visiting families. The ranch is the last working cattle ranch in Estes Park and has an original historical collection and structures that have remained unchanged since 1873.

Most famous as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is also permanently tied to the history of Estes Park: to build it, F.O. Stanley also had to start the power, sewer, water, roads, clinic and bank that make up Estes Park’s infrastructure today. Details of this history can be found at the Stanley Museum while a separate center about the Historic Fall River Hydroplant, built to power the hotel, is open to the public from Memorial through Labor Day.

Estes Park Museum

Permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of the area. Free Admission.

200 4th Street
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-6256 

Moraine Park Museum

Moraine Park Museum & Visitors Center focuses on naturalist displays.

Located on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, CO
(970) 586-1206

MacGregor Ranch Museum

Preserving Colorado’s homesteading & ranching heritage

180 MacGregor Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-3749 

Historic Fall River Hydroplant

This Hydroplant was built by F.O. Stanley to power his famous Stanley Hotel in 1909

1754 Fish Hatchery Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-6256 | (970) 577-3761 | (970) 577-3762 | (970) 577-3766 

Stanley Museum

Area History pertaining to F.O. Stanley’s life in Estes Park including photography, music, steam cars, and antiques.

333 Wonderview Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-4110 | 1(800) 976-1377


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