Shopping in Estes Park
In addition to the magnificent outdoors and all the ways to play in Estes Park, the downtown shops are favorite draw for visitors year after year. In summer, warm weather draws vacationers by the thousands to stroll the shops and eateries. Squeeze some shopping time into your Estes vacation between treks in Rocky Mountain National Park, taking in the views or riding the go-carts.
Shopping for Every Season
Estes shopping is a year-round favorite, and after the summer crowds pass through, leaf peepers, holiday shoppers and winter sports visitors find just as many delights without the summer crush. T-shirt shops and curios are a staple here, but you’ll find a range of high-end offerings too, with many gift, jewelry, home décor, clothing and one-of-a-kind craft shops. Whether you’re enjoying summer’s warmth or winter’s holiday finest, Estes sets a perfect scene for you to stroll and shop in, with the Rocky Mountains as a spectacular backdrop. Find gifts for everyone on your list along with a few treats for yourself along Elkhorn Ave. or the side streets just off the main shopping drag.
- Christmas Central – Estes Park delights your inner elf all year long with holiday-themed gift and ornament shops for holiday shopping is at its best. Pick up a Colorado-themed ornament for the tree or a wild nativity scene with moose or grizzly bears playing the starring roles. Estes Park’s holiday shops keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year round, and they’re favorites this time of year. Don’t miss The Christmas Shoppe, Simply Christmas, and Spruce House for unique decorations and gifts.
- Art with Altitude – Take home a bit of Colorado’s beauty with a souvenir or gift from one of Estes’s art galleries or handicrafts collections. Scenic photography, hand-crafted jewelry, stained glass, pottery and much more all help to capture a little bit of the color and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Some galleries to see include Alpenglow, Mystic Mountain Gallery, John Lynch Woodworking, and Autumn Spear Jewelry.
- Gear for the Great Outdoors – Estes Park sits at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, and has what you or your favorite outdoor enthusiast needs for your next adventures. Estes Park Mountain Shop has great deals on outerwear, footwear, snowshoe equipment, hiking gear and more. They offer climbing and fly fishing lessons, equipment rentals, an indoor climbing gym, and be sure to check out the Bargain Basement for even more great deals. Find more outdoor treasures at Kirks Flyshop and The Hiking Hut.
- Finds and Flavors - Whether you own a cabin or just want to bring a little cabin charm to your home, favorites like pine candles, carved bears, metallic aspen leaves and painted signs will warm any space. Bring home a taste of the mountains from sweet to spicy: local jam, salsa, pickled veggies, saltwater taffy, and hand-made chocolates. Wander through Rustic Mountain Charm, Trendz at the Park, Mad Moose or the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for inspiration.
Tips for Shoppers
- Free parking is available all around Estes Park, with three-hour lots right off of Elkhorn Avenue and unlimited parking lots further away from the downtown shopping district.
- Free shuttles run all summer from the outlying lots to downtown and along Elkhorn to give weary walkers a break. Shuttles run daily from late June (the first weekend of summer) through the first week of September, plus the September weekend following the end of the summer season. Check the town’s shuttle and parking information for exact times and stops.
- Most shops are open year-round, seven days a week. Check with individual shops for hours and holiday closures.
- After the September 2013 floods in Estes Park, all highways are reopened and the town is sparkling and ready for you to visit. If you can’t make it this season, be sure to support local Estes Park businesses this holiday by shopping online for unique gifts and seasonal treats. Check out Shop Estes Park Colorado, a collaborative site featuring local businesses.