Exploring Colorado: Estes Park

Estes Park, one of the most beautiful mountain towns in the United States. Nestled in the mountains of Colorado, Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s the perfect destination to travel with kids, pets and your loved ones to enjoy the clean mountain air. 

Day 1: Arriving at Estes Park and enjoying downtown. 

The first stop when visiting any new destination should be going to the Visitor Center to get a local perspective on what to do and if there are any events or special programs during your stay.

After getting your bearings, start with an easy walk along the trail around Lake Estes. You may just catch a glimpse of wild elk and birds. Remember that Estes Park is over 7500 feet above sea level, so take it easy the first day and give yourself a chance to acclimate to the altitude.

Finish your day with a tour of The Stanley Hotel, the iconic hotel featured in The Shining.

Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Look for Beaver Meadows Visitor Center which is the closest entrance park. 

The Rocky Mountain National Park offers hundreds of miles of different hikes for any type of hiker from short strolls to extraneous hikes. Our favorite hikes in the park are to Alberta Falls and Emerald Lake. 

After a long day at the park, you’ll be ready for a delicious dinner at Bird & Jim’s. The restaurant focuses on seasonal and local ingredients from the Front Range. We highly recommend the juicy steak and flavorful trout.


Day 3: Hiking and Horse Riding in Estes Park

For your last day in Estes Park, spend the morning strolling through the sunny downtown village. Walk along the riverfront and try some fresh handmade saltwater taffy.

On the way out of town, make sure to stop at Hermit Park. Our favorite hike is Kruger Rock. From the top of the summit, you will be met with beautiful panoramic views of Mount Meeker and the continental divide. It is the perfect view for ending the ultimate vacation in Estes Park.