Just as the summer winds down, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park provide a bit more solitude, but that’s not to mean that the adrenaline isn’t pumping. In fact, that’s when the real junkies get their fix – avoiding high prices in the other mountain towns and taking advantage of pristine backcountry.
If you’re climbing to new heights or simply spending a peaceful day on the water, the hundreds of acres of wilderness offer endless variety of outdoor recreation and activities. In fact, Estes is home to a broad section of pro, semi-pro and skilled athletes that will share their knowledge of mountain sports with you. From beginner to advanced, the classes and guided excursions with the locals will give you the chance to hone your skills and build your confidence.
While you are there – on the trail, on the slopes or on the river – keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Estes Park is completely surrounded by the protected lands of Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest, providing plenty of habitat for some of Colorado’s largest populations of animals. In addition to quantity of animals, there is also a quantity of species. From black bears and bobcat, to elk and moose, and the ever-elusive mountain lion, you’ll want to be ready for the perfect photo op. Oh, and bring your binoculars to help you spot some of the interesting fowl that come through the Rockies this time of year.
Once you’ve got your fill of the incredible nature and scenery Estes Park has to offer, it’s time to head into the village for a sip and a bite. Gather around a table at one of the new hot spots: from downtown winery or distillery tasting rooms to one of a handful of new breweries and tap rooms, there are plenty of options in Estes’s quickly emerging craft bev scene. From tasting trays to full cocktails and pints, these local favorites are the perfect spot for reliving the day’s adventures. After après hour, join the Estes folk at one of the popular area eateries. From authentic Nepalese or Thai, to fresh Mex and buttery trout (with a side of bluegrass, anyone?), there’s surely something to charm your palette.
Whether spending the night in the backcountry or at a front-country cabin or hotel (Estes has great winter rates!), find a warm spot to kick off your boots, dry out your base layer and reenergize your crew for more adventure tomorrow. Because with all the options in and around Estes Park – hiking or climbing, snowshoeing or Nordic, backcountry or uphill, fishing or canoeing – you’ll need every ounce of that energy and more! Start planning the details of your next mountain adventure at VisitEstesPark.com.