No place is more closely aligned with the Rockies region than its namesake attraction: Rocky Mountain National Park. And when contemplating a visit to park in north-central Colorado, most travelers make Estes Park the first stop.
“Estes Park is the quintessential little mountain town,” says Rachel Ward Oppermann, public relations coordinator for Visit Estes Park.
“We have a robust lineup of special events and festivals, local mom and pop shops, a thriving craft beverage scene, restaurants for every taste, and a delightful variety of things to do—all set to the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park.”
There are a number of experiences awaiting groups in the park, ranging from scenic drives and a ride on the aerial tram to hiking and biking trails. For those seeking an on-the-water option, Lake Estes is a popular spot. Long Peak and the area’s abundant wildlife can be seen from kayaks, paddle boards, pontoon boats, and canoes, all of which can be rented at the marina.
If travelers want an alternative to the well-known park, Oppermann suggests a visit to Roosevelt National Forest and Hermit Park Open Space.
“Roosevelt National Forest is to the north and south of Estes Park, and Hermit Park Open Space is to the east, and both are less crowded.” she says. “Each allows a different level of outdoor adventure, a different perspective on our stunning mountains, and a different way to get outside.”
Top photo: Hermit Park Open Space
Photo by Visit Estes Park
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