Estes Park is one of our favorite locations in Colorado, and we'll be spending quite a bit of time up there this year helping our clients celebrate!
Here are some ideas, and some of our favorite things that Estes Park has to offer.
National Park | Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in America, and we have the luxury of having it right here in Colorado! This expansive National Park has views for miles and miles with those scenic mountain peaks. Rocky Mountain National Park also offers many levels of accessibility, and something for everyone. From driving Trail Ridge Road in your own vehicle, to riding ATVs or on Horseback through the trails, or just simply hiking with your best friend (furry or human); Rocky Mountain National Park is truly the gem of Colorado.
The Most Iconic Hotel | The Stanley Hotel
Our friends over at Visit Estes Park sum up the Stanley Hotel the best. “This historic hotel is one of oldest (and most grand) in the Estes Valley, plus it’s situated in a prime spot for the maximum panoramic Rocky Mountain views. The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley (known for the Stanley Steamer) as an upscale resort and wellness destination.
The Stanley also has plenty of pop-culture history. Stephen King spent one winter night there snowed in, and was inspired to write “The Shining.” The subsequent film starring Jack Nicholson wasn’t filmed here in Estes – but popular comedy Dumb and Dumber was.
As the inspiration for a spooky movie like The Shining, the Stanley has earned a bit of a paranormal reputation. You can now go on night tour at the property to explore the active phenomena and spirit folklore. If you’re more interested in the history and celebrities who have stayed over the years, they offer a daytime tour as well.
The Stanley is more than just a hotel. It’s internationally known for an expansive whiskey bar, home to Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys and single malt selections. Plus, restaurants, gift shops, and event spaces.”
OUtdoor Adventures & Activities
Whitewater Rafting - Time to get wet and make a splash! Whitewater rafting is a great adventure down the Poudre Valley River. A few rafting companies are located and travel through Estes Park. The best dates to whitewater raft the Poudre Valley River are May through Labor Day.
Horseback Riding - Not one for hiking on foot, no problem! Ride horseback through the Rocky Mountains and the scenic views. The local Estes Park stables and horseback riding tours offer many different tour options throughout the mountains as well as the length of tours (1-4 hour rides available), and even something for the little folks. Saddle Up!
Jeep or ATV Tours - If you like to take your time and really breathe that mountain air, Estes Park has companies that offer guided Jeep tours to drive you through and really take in those scenic mountains views. If you’re more adventurous and really want to get that adrenaline junkie kick, look no further than renting a 4-Wheeler/ATV, Dirt Bike, or even RZR to off-road through Estes Park.
Llama Pack Hikes - Have we ever mentioned our favorite animal is a Llamacorn (a mix of a llama and a unicorn)? So how could we pass up the opportunity to spotlight this unique opportunity to hike alongside llamas! These llama pack tours are available in day hikes or even overnight hikes and offered through Kirks Mountain Adventures,. Sign us up, yes please!
And ya know, the classic other outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and golfing are always a nice addition to any of the pre-mentioned options to fill in your days, or just for a quick day trip getaway!
Downtown Estes park | The Riverwalk & Shopping
The Riverwalk is an amazing and beautiful walk can which can be short walk or a few hour stroll. The Riverwalk is full of local restaurants and artisan shops. The Riverwalk is sure to ease the day-to-day grind with the sounds of the brooks and streams along with the soothing sounds of nature.
Shops, galleries and ice cream shops can certainly be found amongst the many amenities found in Downtown Estes. This little downtown is located amongst some of the tallest and most beautiful mountains in Colorado.
Fill your belly | Where to Eat & Drink
Whether you like something local and Colorado inspired to the tastes of Italy or a sweet treat; Estes Park has the fare to suit your taste buds and fill your belly. Small, locally owned shops offer a quick bite, or dine in options to suit your every need. Estes Park even has a collection of distilleries, wineries and breweries to really wet your whistle. Our favorite spot though is Bird & Jim. This place is a true taste of Colorado and sources local ingredients, which is always a favorite way to enjoy our amazing state!
Weddings, weddings, weddings!
And of course, our favorite! Estes Park has so many wonderful options for that unique, Colorado location. Whether you’re eloping, planning a destination wedding, or just love this little town; getting married in Estes Park is sure to take your breath away!
Travel on over to Visit Estes Park to plan your trip and see what Estes Park has to offer!
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