Nestled along the Big Thompson River at the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park is the lovely little town of Estes Park, the headquarters and base camp for the popular national park. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Estes Park provides the perfect setting to rest, recreate, and reconnect with the natural world. Your adventure awaits at this adorable town near Denver, so book your trip today!
Originally inhabited by the Arapaho Indians, the Estes Park community was founded in the late 1800s and has been a popular tourist destination since the establishment of the Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915.
Tucked away in a valley at 7,522 feet, the quaint town of Estes Park is a perfectly picturesque base and gateway to the majestic Rocky Mountains. (Photo circa 1950s)
Estes Park offers plenty of shopping, dining, and special events to enjoy year round and is an especially charming summer destination.
There are a variety of trails accessible to all skill levels right in town...
...and you just never know who you're going to run into along the way...
... or napping in a favorite tree.
Estes Park is also home to the notorious Stanley Hotel, established in 1909 and made infamous by Stephen King's novel "The Shining."
There is much more to the Stanley Hotel than its haunted rooms and hallways. This extraordinary 140-room hotel will give you an unforgettable experience and is located just about five miles from the entrance to RMNP.
The nearby Rocky Mountain National Park has an adventure for everyone!
Enjoy guided activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, or rafting, or explore on your
...with a memorable drive over the Continental Divide on Trail Ridge Road.
Like I said, you never know just who you're going to see.
And I strongly suggest hiking to one of the many spectacular mountain lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can bring a book and a picnic, unplug and reconnect with the outside world.
There is so much to see and do and eat in Estes Park so don't miss out! Book your getaway today!
Until next time...