• Jen Gibbs

Things to do in Estes Park

Updated: Jul 6, 2019

Mark and I are so blessed to live where we do. We have fairly mild weather that includes warmer temps, not a lot of snow/rain/sleet/hail, and abundant sunshine. We have more sunny days than Florida! And the best part about where we live? We are only about 45 minutes from Estes Park.

Estes Park is a popular tourist city for many reasons. It hosts some of the best views within Rocky Mountain National Park. You don't have to hop onto a tough hiking trail to see incredible views (although I will admit, they are significantly better from the top). Trails in the area range widely because of the influx of families that stay there. So I promise you, there's trail for literally anyone. Here's a complete list of trails that range from easy to hard and even include biking trails!

There are several other ways to find yourself staring at the beautiful scenery. In the summer months, you can hop on paddle boards, kayaks, rafts, paddle boats, and more to cross one of the many within (and outside) the city. While during the winter, many places offer cross country ski's or snow shoes to walk the paths less traveled by on top of freshly fallen snow. Check out everything that Estes has to offer! They even have zipling through the mountains! Their official website holds all the info you need to know :)

Not huge into nature or do your allergies have you bogged down? I've totally been there and feel your pain. Don't worry. Estes Park STILL has you covered. Just take a walk downtown (Elkhorn Ave) to find cute shops full of handmade items. From handmade shirts, to freshly cut geodes, to the perfect new piece of home decor. There's a store for everyone to cop the perfect souviener for yourself or a gift for a loved one.

If you find your stomach growling after your hike or shopping spree, stop into one of the restaurants (or bars!) to fuel up with food and drinks. With places like Lonigans-an Irish bar and grill, Wild Rose-a European style fine dining restaurant, and Nepal's Cafe- a Nepalese Eat-In spot, there are PLENTY of choices to fill your empty tummy. Personally, I haven't had a chance to try a lot quite yet but I would say that Lonigans is GREAT for just getting drinks at the bar, however the food is so-so. Also, Mark and I ate at another place after getting engaged and it was delicious (but I can't remember the name and it's not on the Google maps list of restaurants). It was close to Wild Rose and in a white (kind-of run down-but don't let that scare you!) old building. Highly recommend once I can remember/find the name of the restaurant!

Don't forget to pick up dessert as you head back to your car or hotel. There's plently of places to stop in and grab ice cream cones like the Munchin' House, homemade fudge, taffy, and other kinds of candy-just stop into The Old Fashion Candy Store.

Estes Park will always hold a special place in my heart because of Mark and I's engagement. It also holds great family vacation memories. I'm so PUMPED that I am able to live so close (but don't have to deal with all of the snow) to one of my favorite places in the world. If you're in the area, come by and say hi! Or let me know when you'll be at Estes and I might just find the time to make the trek up there and meet you.

Estes Park is beautiful and will always hold a special place in my heart BUT don't forget to venture out into the rest of Colorado! The entire state is beautiful and magnificent in so many ways. If you're looking on where to venture out to, check out the 100 Best Things to do in Colorado - I promise you won't be disappointed!

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