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Celebrate Estes Park's resident elk at this family-friendly festival in Bond Park (170 MacGregor Ave). Enjoy vendors, live music, food trucks, bugling contests, performances and more at this year's Elk Fest! The festival coincides with the famous elk rut, or elk mating season. Wild elk are often easily seen in town and in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. A lot of fun and adventure happens at higher altitudes - Take Estes Park, Colorado, which sits at an elevation of 7,522 feet. It’s located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the highest national parks in the U.S., where you’ll find Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in Colorado. It’s a place where snow-capped mountains pierce impossibly blue skies, seemingly barren alpine tundra is dotted with hardy wildflowers, and mountain streams cascade down from high peaks. Altitude sickness can ruin a good day at its best and turn it deadly at its worst. Fortunately, it’s rare that anyone will get true altitude sickness in Estes Park. But it is high enough that if you’re visiting from sea level, it’s worth paying attention. The crisp, mountain air; charming shops; and dozens of outdoors activities make this a four-season destination. Inside the village, you can stroll the Riverwalk, cast a line in Fall River, or make a stop for ice cream. Peaks rise all around, from 8,500 feet to more than 14,000 feet, rendering gorgeous views in every direction. In the warmer months, head to one of many nearby patios to enjoy those panoramas, good food and a locally-made wine. When the temperatures drop, move indoors, tucking into a table near a roaring fire to savor wild game, delicious ethnic dishes or maybe a hearty steak. Shops and galleries present a variety that spins from practical to whimsical. Wildlife is still so plentiful that the elk wandering downtown seem like the official welcoming committee. Indeed, guests are as likely to run into an elk as one of the many artists who find inspiration here. Painters often set up on the sidewalks, in parks or along the river. Other artists work in galleries or studios, shaping bronze into animals or blowing glass into exquisite bowls. The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley (known for the Stanley Steamer) as an upscale resort and wellness destination. The Stanley also has plenty of pop-culture history. Stephen King spent one winter night there snowed in, and was inspired to write “The Shining.” As the inspiration for a spooky movie like The Shining, the Stanley has earned a bit of a paranormal reputation. You can now go on night tour at the property to explore the active phenomena and spirit folklore. If you’re more interested in the history and celebrities who have stayed over the years, they offer a daytime tour as well. The Stanley is more than just a hotel. It’s internationally known for an expansive whiskey bar, home to Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys and single malt selections. Plus, restaurants, gift shops, and event spaces. Gain a bird's-eye view of Estes Park without having to hike! The Estes Park Aerial Tram safely whisks you above the treetops to the summit of Prospect Mountain. Operating daily from the end of May to early September, the tram is one of the few European-style cable cars operating in the United States. Instead of using towers to support the wires, the tram, built and designed by Robert Heron, travels across a free span of wires strung between top and bottom stations. May 28, 2022 - September 5, 2022 - Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 6, 2022 - September 25, 2022 - Open Saturday and Sunday only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $16; Seniors (60+) tickets are $14; Kids(6-11) tickets are $10; Tickets for kids 5 & under are FREE
Celebrate Estes Park's resident elk at this family-friendly festival in Bond Park (170 MacGregor Ave). Enjoy vendors, live music, food trucks, bugling contests, performances and more at this year's Elk Fest! The festival coincides with the famous elk rut, or elk mating season. Wild elk are often eas…
Rocky Mountain National Park and the hotel from the cult classic movie "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson. A beautiful drive and a wonderful day about an hour away.
Estes is the best place to see elk as they take over the town in September/October. Estes has a variety of out door activities and if you like shopping they have unique boutique stores on every corner. Of course there is the historic Stanley Hotel where you can take a fun tour and maybe see some ghosts! Estes is the entrance to RMNP!