Rocky Mountain National Park is one of America's crowning glories, an immense natural playground teeming with wildlife that offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Situated at the park's eastern entrance is the charming mountain village of Estes Park, a scenic vacation destination with opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment and a constant backdrop of snowcapped peaks. Colorado's dry climate provides plenty of sunshine in this spectacular mountain region, providing crisp, clear days to explore the beautiful wilderness and go hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, golfing, skiing and much more.
From easy hikes to scenic drives, there's plenty to do around here. For spectacular views and ultimate bragging rights, trek over to Continental Divide along the Flat Top Mountain Trail. Hone your rock climbing skills at the Colorado Mountain School or hit the greens at Estes Park Golf Course. For a new perspective, take a fun and beautiful ride on Estes Park Aerial Tramway.
For a breathtaking drive from Boulder to Estes, breeze down the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway at about 9,000 feet altitude, which some describe as "riding the road to Heaven."
Estes Park Travel Tips
Packing Tip - Non-slip shoes make it easy to enjoy this terrain both in the summer and in the winter.
Best Attraction - Trail Ridge Road is an incredible place to experience seasons change and watch elk graze on top of the pass.
Great time to visit - The park gets crowded during summer, so the best times to visit are early and late in the season.
Donut Haus This donut shop and bakery has been serving handmade pastries in Estes Park for over 30 years. Open until noon or until everything is sold out, this cute shop features items such as cheesecake cinnamon rolls, soft pretzels, almond bars, breakfast burritos, sunflower bread and many other tasty treats.
Laura's Fine Candies Indulge in homemade fudge, toffee, old-fashioned candies and ice cream at this delicious candy store, where all the goodies are made by the batch with traditional copper kettles and wooden paddles. Sample from 26 flavors of fudge to find your favorite or just try them all!
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Situated in Lower Stanley Village, this sweet-smelling chocolate factory and shop features over 15 varieties of homemade fudge, 21 different kinds of caramel apples and a huge selection of chocolate candies. Pick up a treat for yourself or buy souvenirs that everyone will love.
Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House Enjoy tender barbecue with all the trimmings and ice-cold beers at this Estes Park establishment, which also features a full bar and live entertainment. Menu items include classic barbecue favorites such as Kobe beef ribs, Carolina pulled pork and Texas beef brisket.
Flatiron Crossing Shopping Center Located in Broomfield, this Colorado shopping mall is anchored by the department stores Macy's, Nordstrom and Dillard's, and also features a Container Store and Dick's sporting goods. You'll also find numerous options for dining along with a pleasant outdoor village area.
Pearl Street Mall A four-block pedestrian shopping destination in downtown Boulder, this outdoor area is home to numerous locally owned retailers, national chain stores and restaurants. Along with shopping, this outdoor mall features street performers, public art, flower gardens and a children's sandbox.
The Orchard Town Center A charming outdoor shopping district with tree-lined pathways plus a splash fountain and trackless train for kids, this Estes Park mall features over 65 specialty stores along with several restaurant and entertainment, including an AMC movie theater.
The Promenade Shops at Centerra Home to a popular ice skating rink, this shopping mall in Loveland offers an open-air environment, dog-friendly policies and over 60 stores and restaurants. Grab a book at Barnes and Noble, play with gadgets at Best Buy, enjoy a beer at Rock Bottom Brewery or just enjoy the upscale atmosphere.