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Estes ParkUnited States of America

This high-altitude settlement, set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, offers mountain-town charm, wonderful wildlife watching and four-season outdoor adventure.

Located at an elevation of 7,520 feet (2,290 meters) above sea level, Estes Park is frequently described as “base camp” for Rocky Mountain National Park. Outdoor adventure dominates the agenda here throughout the year. Go cycling, hiking, climbing, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding during warmer weather or skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and sledding during the snowy winters.

Estes Park’s most popular attraction is Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415-square-mile (1,075-square-kilometer) expanse of mountainous wilderness. Choose from more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) of hiking trails or drive along the stunningly scenic Trail Ridge Road, which features viewpoints overlooking magnificent alpine and subalpine surroundings. The park, home to everything from elk, beavers and bears, to moose, marmots and mountain lions, is also an excellent wildlife-watching zone. Take part in ranger-led tours or head to one of the park’s visitor centers to find out more about the environments.

For more high-energy fun, try climbing at Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak. Cycling tours are also available from operators in Estes Park. During winter, glide along cross-country ski trails, don snowshoes for trekking or sled down Hidden Valley, the only place in the park where sledding is not prohibited.

Back in town, enjoy a ride on the scenic Estes Park Aerial Tram, which transports visitors to the top of Prospect Mountain during the summer months. During warmer weather, stroll along the Riverwalk and browse the independent shops and galleries of downtown.

Wineries and breweries are dotted around the region. Sip locally made wines and decorate wine glasses at Snowy Peaks Winery, taste craft brews at Rock Cut Brewing Company and pull up a stool at the tasting room at Dancing Pines Distillery, which produces small-batch spirits including rums, whiskeys and liqueurs.

Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers’ opening hours change seasonally so check them online before you go. Estes Park is located around a 90-minute drive from Denver and a 60-minute drive from Boulder. From May through October, a free shuttle system carries visitors around town and serves major routes in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Where to stay in Estes Park

Stanley Hills, Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America

Stanley Hills

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

While visiting Stanley Hills, you might make a stop by sights like Historic Estes Park and Reel Mountain Theater.

Stanley Hills
Fall River Estates, Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America

Fall River Estates

Fall River Estates might not have many top sights, but Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Fall River Visitor Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Fall River Estates
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America

YMCA of the Rockies

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in YMCA of the Rockies and surrounding area, you can visit Beaver Meadows Entrance Station and Estes Park Aerial Tramway.

YMCA of the Rockies

Top hotels in Estes Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park®, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park®, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
101 S Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO
The price is £136 per night

This family-friendly Estes Park hotel is located in a national park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Estes Park Museum and Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Stanley Village and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (815 reviews)

"Very nice facility, great staff, pool was fantastic and check out was easy"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park®, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Estes Park Resort
The Estes Park Resort
3.5 out of 5
1700 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO
The price is £220 per night

This family-friendly Estes Park resort is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Estes Marina, Historic Estes Park and Stanley Village. Estes ...

4/5Very Good! (836 reviews)

"We had a a great time celebrating my mom’s milestone birthday. EPR has done a great job adapting to COVID guidelines while still maintaining a warm and friendly environment."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

The Estes Park Resort
Coyote Mountain Lodge
Coyote Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1340 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO
The price is £118 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Estes Marina and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Historic Estes Park and Reel ...

4.2/5Very Good! (953 reviews)

"It was a nice room, great deck space and a beautiful view!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Coyote Mountain Lodge

Popular places to visit in Estes Park

The Stanley Hotel
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The Stanley Hotel

4/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the history of The Stanley Hotel, one of the top monuments in Estes Park.

Estes Park Aerial Tramway
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Estes Park Aerial Tramway

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy a trip to Estes Park Aerial Tramway, a well-known attraction in Estes Park. Wander the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this romantic area.

Historic Estes Park
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Historic Estes Park

4.5/5(3 reviews)

During your visit to Estes Park, you can enjoy retail therapy at Historic Estes Park. Stroll along the riverfront or seek out the hiking trails.

Lily Lake
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Lily Lake

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Lily Lake, a lovely green space in Estes Park. Amble around this romantic area's lakeside or seek out the hiking trails.

Bear Lake Trailhead
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Bear Lake Trailhead

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Take the whole family along to walk this manageable hiking trail, which loops around the scenic lake edge and offers ample photo opportunities. 

Sprague Lake
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Sprague Lake

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Follow a short but scenic trail around this stunning lake and admire views of the pointed peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Top things to do in Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour
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Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour

£109
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Rocky Mountain National Park Tour from Denver
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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour from Denver

£91
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

£117
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
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Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

£588
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Grand Lake Tour
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Grand Lake Tour

£118
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Acrylic Pour Painting Class
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Acrylic Pour Painting Class

£29
Per adult

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