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Estes/RMNP Guidebook

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Estes/RMNP Guidebook

Sightseeing/Things to Do
You SHOULD NOT MISS visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. The entire park is open in the Summer months and the East side of the park (entrance at Beaver Meadows) is open all Winter. In the Winter months there are incredible snow shoeing and cross country ski trails. In the Summer the hiking, wildlife viewing and the scenery is incredible. There are hikes for all abilities and even just a drive over Trail Ridge Road in the Summer will give you all of the views you desire in one incredible drive. Recommended areas: Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, Moraine Park, Alluvial Fan, Trail Ridge Road and old Fall River Road.
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Rocky Mountainin kansallispuisto
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You SHOULD NOT MISS visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. The entire park is open in the Summer months and the East side of the park (entrance at Beaver Meadows) is open all Winter. In the Winter months there are incredible snow shoeing and cross country ski trails. In the Summer the hiking, wildlife viewing and the scenery is incredible. There are hikes for all abilities and even just a drive over Trail Ridge Road in the Summer will give you all of the views you desire in one incredible drive. Recommended areas: Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, Moraine Park, Alluvial Fan, Trail Ridge Road and old Fall River Road.
Tour the historic hotel where they filmed one of the Shining by Steven King films, go on a ghost tour (yes, it it rumored to actually be haunted), eat in the wonderful restaurant. They also have tours that don't feature ghosts, if you are interested. https://www.stanleyhotel.com/tours.html
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Stanley Hotel
333 East Wonderview Avenue
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Tour the historic hotel where they filmed one of the Shining by Steven King films, go on a ghost tour (yes, it it rumored to actually be haunted), eat in the wonderful restaurant. They also have tours that don't feature ghosts, if you are interested. https://www.stanleyhotel.com/tours.html
Just outside the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has so much to offer for everyone. Restaurants, sweet treats, adventure parks, wildlife, museums, breweries, etc. Visit Downtown on Elkhorn Ave to stroll the main drag. Other areas with business include Moraine Ave (Main Entrance to RNNP), St Vrain Ave and the area near the Stanley Hotel.
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Estes Park
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Just outside the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has so much to offer for everyone. Restaurants, sweet treats, adventure parks, wildlife, museums, breweries, etc. Visit Downtown on Elkhorn Ave to stroll the main drag. Other areas with business include Moraine Ave (Main Entrance to RNNP), St Vrain Ave and the area near the Stanley Hotel.
One of the most beautiful (and busy) areas of RMNP. A base camp for many incredible trails for all hiking levels. Don't miss a visit to this spot in RMNP. From a super easy stroll around Bear Lake to many longer/more difficult hikes, this trail head will lead you to whatever hiking, fishing or wilderness adventure your group is looking for.
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Bear Lake Trailhead
Bear Lake Road
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One of the most beautiful (and busy) areas of RMNP. A base camp for many incredible trails for all hiking levels. Don't miss a visit to this spot in RMNP. From a super easy stroll around Bear Lake to many longer/more difficult hikes, this trail head will lead you to whatever hiking, fishing or wilderness adventure your group is looking for.
If you can only do one hike... do this one. It's a great hike in the Summer months and a beautiful snow shoe trail in the winter months. The view from Emerald Lake to Hallet Peak is one of the most iconic and famous shots in the park. Get to the Bear Lake Trail Head EARLY! In the Winter you should be there by 8am. In the Summer 7am. If not, you will not find parking and will need to take a shuttle from lower lot. If you are in RNMP in the Winter time? This is OUR favorite snow shoe trek to do when there is snow. You can rent snowshoes from a rental shop for under $10.
Emerald lake
If you can only do one hike... do this one. It's a great hike in the Summer months and a beautiful snow shoe trail in the winter months. The view from Emerald Lake to Hallet Peak is one of the most iconic and famous shots in the park. Get to the Bear Lake Trail Head EARLY! In the Winter you should be there by 8am. In the Summer 7am. If not, you will not find parking and will need to take a shuttle from lower lot. If you are in RNMP in the Winter time? This is OUR favorite snow shoe trek to do when there is snow. You can rent snowshoes from a rental shop for under $10.
https://www.estesparkguidedtours.com/ Not sure what to do or where to go? Feel more comfortable with a guide giving you the lay of the land? This company will take you to all the best spots! This is a great company to tour the national park and other areas outside of the park.
Estes Park guided tours Estes CO
1887 Eldorado Drive
https://www.estesparkguidedtours.com/ Not sure what to do or where to go? Feel more comfortable with a guide giving you the lay of the land? This company will take you to all the best spots! This is a great company to tour the national park and other areas outside of the park.
Views, Views, Views....and an easier way up the mountain. Cafe at the top. Only open in Summer/Fall months.
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Estes Park Aerial Tramway
420 Riverside Drive
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Views, Views, Views....and an easier way up the mountain. Cafe at the top. Only open in Summer/Fall months.
http://www.openairadventurepark.com/ Axe throwing and a high above ground adventure. elcome to Open Air Adventure Park, the only adventure of it's kind in Estes Park, Colorado. During your 90 minute adventure we provide 32 exciting elements at 10 and 21 feet above the ground. These elements include rope bridges to cross, aerial tightropes to navigate, swinging log steps to negotiate, and moving platforms to cross. Our park is for adventure seekers ready to try out life high above the ground.
Open Air Adventure Park
490 Prospect Village Dr
http://www.openairadventurepark.com/ Axe throwing and a high above ground adventure. elcome to Open Air Adventure Park, the only adventure of it's kind in Estes Park, Colorado. During your 90 minute adventure we provide 32 exciting elements at 10 and 21 feet above the ground. These elements include rope bridges to cross, aerial tightropes to navigate, swinging log steps to negotiate, and moving platforms to cross. Our park is for adventure seekers ready to try out life high above the ground.
Summer/Fall Only - Make sure you take a drive to the top of the world! Trail Ridge Road takes you from the East side of RMNP to the West Side. The road to the top is paved and has the most incredible views. Often times there is snow at the Summit, even in the middle of the Summer. There is a visitors center at the Summit. For an added adventure, you can drive on the old Fall River Rd (One way dirt road ) to the Summit and take Trail Ridge Road (Paged - 2 lane) . We often see Moose and Elk on this road. One time we saw a Mama Moose and her baby cow.
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Trail Ridge Road Summit
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Summer/Fall Only - Make sure you take a drive to the top of the world! Trail Ridge Road takes you from the East side of RMNP to the West Side. The road to the top is paved and has the most incredible views. Often times there is snow at the Summit, even in the middle of the Summer. There is a visitors center at the Summit. For an added adventure, you can drive on the old Fall River Rd (One way dirt road ) to the Summit and take Trail Ridge Road (Paged - 2 lane) . We often see Moose and Elk on this road. One time we saw a Mama Moose and her baby cow.
Food scene
Call ahead to check restaurant hours and if they take reservations. Hours can vary greatly from Summer to Winter months. Estes is so busy in the Summer/Fall months that it's best to plan ahead and reserve a spot if you can.
Best pizza in town! You wont be disappointed! NY Style pizza. The meatballs are awesome!
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Antonio's Real New York Pizza
552 West Elkhorn Avenue
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Best pizza in town! You wont be disappointed! NY Style pizza. The meatballs are awesome!
Great burgers and gyros. Everything is homemade. Super casual, diner-type food. Yummy lunch after a morning of exploring the area.
Boss Burgers and Gyros
861 Moraine Avenue
Great burgers and gyros. Everything is homemade. Super casual, diner-type food. Yummy lunch after a morning of exploring the area.
Delicious Mountain inspired food. Perfect for a night out. Dont forget to get a reservation during the busy season. Try the Green chili poutine appetizer and the bread pudding. So yummy!
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Bird & Jim
915 Moraine Ave
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Delicious Mountain inspired food. Perfect for a night out. Dont forget to get a reservation during the busy season. Try the Green chili poutine appetizer and the bread pudding. So yummy!
Delicious Italian Food.
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Dunraven Inn
2470 Colorado 66
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Delicious Italian Food.
Mountain inspired mexican food. This is not your mammas mexican food joint. Try the fajitas and the queso is a MUST DO.
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Ed's Cantina & Grill
390 East Elkhorn Avenue
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Mountain inspired mexican food. This is not your mammas mexican food joint. Try the fajitas and the queso is a MUST DO.
Amazing BBQ! Great place for family lunch or dinner. Try the pulled pork potato skins! So yummy.
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Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House
820 Moraine Ave
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Amazing BBQ! Great place for family lunch or dinner. Try the pulled pork potato skins! So yummy.
Great breakfast, lunch or dinner joint in downtown Estes. Try the cheesecake waffle for breakfast! Yummo!
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Claire's On the Park
225 Park Lane
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Great breakfast, lunch or dinner joint in downtown Estes. Try the cheesecake waffle for breakfast! Yummo!
Great place for sandwiches. Huge portions. Perfect after a hike or snowshoe. Walking distance from the house. Good reviews on yelp.
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Scratch Deli & Bakery
911 Moraine Ave
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Great place for sandwiches. Huge portions. Perfect after a hike or snowshoe. Walking distance from the house. Good reviews on yelp.
Try the garlic stuffed bacon wrapped dates dipped in aioli. You will likely want to order more!
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The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern
1675 Colorado 66
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Try the garlic stuffed bacon wrapped dates dipped in aioli. You will likely want to order more!
Best cinnamon rolls of your life!
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Cinnamon's Bakery
920 U.S. 34 Business
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Best cinnamon rolls of your life!
Just go!
Estes Park Pie Shop & Diner (You Need Pie!)
509 Big Thompson Ave
Just go!
Amazing homemade candy, fudge, ice cream and caramel apples. Try ANYTHING!!! Don’t miss these tasty treats.
Laura's Fine Candies
129 East Elkhorn Avenue
Amazing homemade candy, fudge, ice cream and caramel apples. Try ANYTHING!!! Don’t miss these tasty treats.
Great reviews on yelp!
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Twin Owls Steakhouse
800 Macgregor Avenue
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Great reviews on yelp!
Great reviews on Yelp! Mountain inspired cuisine. $$$.
SEASONED - An American Bistro
205 Park Ln
Great reviews on Yelp! Mountain inspired cuisine. $$$.
Yummy traditional Mexican food. The chips and salsa are amazing.
La Cocina De Mama
361 S St Vrain Ave
Yummy traditional Mexican food. The chips and salsa are amazing.
Great reviews. Coffee!!!
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Inkwell & Brew
150 E Elkhorn Ave
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Great reviews. Coffee!!!
Try the breakfast burrito or the biscuits and gravy.
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Notchtop Bakery & Cafe
459 East Wonderview Avenue
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Try the breakfast burrito or the biscuits and gravy.
Traditional american breakfast and Mexican breakfast.
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Mountain Home Cafe
457 E Wonderview Ave
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Traditional american breakfast and Mexican breakfast.
Grocery stores
2 miles from our home
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Safeway
451 East Wonderview Avenue
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Small grocery store that is less than 1/2 mile from our home.
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The Country Market of Estes Park
900 Moraine Avenue
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Small grocery store that is less than 1/2 mile from our home.
Shopping / Gearing Up
Rental show for snowshoes, cross country skis, Alpine skis (Back country skiing) and any other gear or outdoor activity clothing needs. There's also an indoor climbing wall!
Mountain Gear
144 West Elkhorn Avenue
Rental show for snowshoes, cross country skis, Alpine skis (Back country skiing) and any other gear or outdoor activity clothing needs. There's also an indoor climbing wall!
Great shop for all your fishing gear, information and guided tours.
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Kirks Flyshop and Mountain Adventures
230 East Elkhorn Avenue
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Great shop for all your fishing gear, information and guided tours.
ATV Rentals and tours. So much fun!!!
Estes Park ATV Rentals
222 E Elkhorn Ave
ATV Rentals and tours. So much fun!!!
Indoor Activities
Feel like a family night indoors? Estes Park bowling alley
Chipper's Estes Park Lanes
555 South Saint Vrain Avenue
Feel like a family night indoors? Estes Park bowling alley
Hikes
Glacier Gorge is an incredibly beautiful area of RMNP. This trail head leads to many spectacular waterfalls and lakes. Our favorite is Sky Pond....which gives you an opportunity to climb/scramble up a waterfall to the lake in the sky! Views of Sharks Tooth ridge are amazing. Other destinations from Glacier Gorge - Mills Lake, Loch Vale, Black Lake Alberta Falls (only 1 mile from TH).
Glacier Gorge Trailhead
Glacier Gorge is an incredibly beautiful area of RMNP. This trail head leads to many spectacular waterfalls and lakes. Our favorite is Sky Pond....which gives you an opportunity to climb/scramble up a waterfall to the lake in the sky! Views of Sharks Tooth ridge are amazing. Other destinations from Glacier Gorge - Mills Lake, Loch Vale, Black Lake Alberta Falls (only 1 mile from TH).
There are soooooo many incredible hikes from this main trail head in the park. Bear Lake Loop - .8 miles around the lake - Easy/Flat Emerald Lake - 3.1 Miles features 4 lakes (Bear, Nymph, Dream and Emerald) Fern Lake from Bear Lake TH Hallet Peak
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Bear Lake Trailhead
Bear Lake Road
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There are soooooo many incredible hikes from this main trail head in the park. Bear Lake Loop - .8 miles around the lake - Easy/Flat Emerald Lake - 3.1 Miles features 4 lakes (Bear, Nymph, Dream and Emerald) Fern Lake from Bear Lake TH Hallet Peak
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries
Great local brewery (no food service, but usually a food truck on site).
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Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.
531 S St Vrain Ave
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Great local brewery (no food service, but usually a food truck on site).
Great local brewery (no food). Game nights
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Rock Cut Brewing Company
390 W Riverside Dr
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Great local brewery (no food). Game nights
Close to the river walk. Colorado wines.
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Snowy Peaks Winery
292 Moraine Avenue
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Close to the river walk. Colorado wines.
Winery, Chocolatier, Charcuterie
Vino Giú
207 Park Ln
Winery, Chocolatier, Charcuterie
Great local brewery (no food service).
Avant Garde Aleworks
920 Dunraven St
Great local brewery (no food service).