ESTES PARK, COLORADO
There is no better time than now to enjoy a “staycation” in our beautiful state. Year after year, Colorado has been hailed by residents and national organizations alike as an outdoor enthusiast’s dream! A wide array of outdoor activities are available right outside your door. One spot worth checking out during the summer months is Estes Park, a quaint little town located less than two hours outside of Denver.
Located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park, this charming mountain town was founded in 1859. Estes Park is located in Northern Colorado, around 30 minutes outside of Boulder. Tourists flock to this “mountain paradise” at all times of the year to tackle their favorite outdoor adventure or to relax and unwind. Here is a list of popular things to do:
1. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Estes. Kayaks and paddle boats are also available to rent. There are a few boat rental sites available on the shore ready to help you with your water adventure.
2. Catch a free shuttle to Rocky Mountain National Park. Park your car for free at the Estes Park Visitor Center and take a convenient free shuttle to the park. Rocky Mountain National Park is 415 square miles of beautiful trails, mountains, and wildlife. Plan ahead if you are planning to visit this spectacular site. Park entry fees vary, visit nps.gov/romo/ for more information.
3. Take in a round of golf at either of the two golf courses in Estes Park. An 18- hole regulation course and a nine-hole course are open to the public. (winter months included)
For more information on Estes Park, visit visitestespark.com.
Unique Amenity Info: Looking to get spooked? Drop by the Stanley Hotel and take a tour of the world famous “haunted hotel” made famous by the movie “The Shining.” Spend the night in this unique hotel and enjoy the popular Night Ghost Tour. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Too scary? Try out any of the charming hotels or camp sites located in the area.
Fish in Estes
-Enjoy some peace and quiet while fishing the rivers and lakes in and around Estes Park. Big Thompson River is a popular spot located in Rocky Mountain National Park to catch Browns, Rainbows, Brookies, and the highly sought after Greenback Cutthroat Trout.
-If you enjoy more solitude, try Mirror Lake in the Northern area of the park. This area is one of the least visited areas of the park and the perfect place to catch some brook trout.
-Before your fishing trip, remember anyone 16 and older must be licensed to fish in the state of Colorado. You can purchase a license to fish at shops in Estes Park. Make sure to have a valid US picture ID and be ready to provide your social security number when applying for a fishing license.