Estes Park is a peerless playground of towering peaks, scenic waterfalls, crystal-clear streams and lakes, and the nation’s highest major highway. One of the nation’s most popular destinations for alpine recreation lies among hills in a park-like little basin rimmed by snow-capped peaks of the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. Completion of the Stanley Hotel in 1909 and creation of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915 established the village as an international travel destination.
Downtown has now burgeoned into an exhilarating potpourri of gift shops, homemade candy and other carryout food stores, bars, cafes, and restaurants amid flowery, tree-lined streets backed by clear streams through alpine parks. Surrounding meadows and forested hills sequester a profusion of attractions, restaurants and lodgings. The town is increasingly drawing romantic couples in addition to its original family appeal by adding upscale wine tasting, gourmet restaurants and well-designed lodgings to appropriately showcase the dramatic scenery in all directions.
Check out our links below to some of our favorite places in Estes Park: