Destination guide

Alpine splendor at Estes Park vacation rentals

The small town of Estes Park is perhaps best known as the base for exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer, wildlife lovers and outdoorsy types descend to stay at the Estes Park vacation rentals and hike the hills in search of wild elk herds and solitary bears. Nestled in a valley surrounded by forested, and often snow covered, landscape, this charming little mountain town has plenty to discover when you return from a day on the trails. So, sold on a vacation to Estes Park? Warm people, wildlife encounters and the Rockies are all waiting for you.

Things to do

Attractions near Estes Park vacation rentals

If you want a day off from the trails, there is plenty to do near your Estes Park vacation rental. Motoring aficionados shouldn't miss the Stanley Steam Car Museum, which houses a beautiful collection of century-old steam vehicles dating as far back as 1905. If you love all things equestrian, you can swing by Sombrero Ranch and be a cowboy or cowgirl for a day. Wearing the classic wide-brimmed hat is mandatory, or at least should be. You can complement it with a morning at the MacGregor Ranch Museum, a working farm dating back to the 1870s.

Activities

Activities during your stay in Estes Park vacation homes

The Rocky Mountain National Park provides a playground for outdoor adventures. Whether you're coming for a couple getaway or bringing the family on an adventure vacation, the vast national park is ready to be explored by all. If you like to hike, there are few places as inspiring as the Rockies, a landscape of ragged granite peaks carpeted by conifers and punctuated by azure mountain lakes. Alternatively, you can saddle up your horse to trot along the equestrian routes or hop in your car and drive up Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved highway in the US.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Estes Park getaway cabins

If you're looking to explore the Rockies without the below-freezing temperatures, try to nab an Estes Park vacation rental between June and September when the snowmelts have all but disappeared and the trails become accessible once again. That said, if you like the idea of visiting a winter wonderland, the colder months see far fewer vacationers and you can hit the mountains with snowshoes or cross-country skis. There might be less wildlife to spot, but the landscape is arguably at its most scenic. The toasty log fires at your Estes Park vacation rental will await you on your return.

Natural features

Estes Park wildlife

If you travel at the right time, it's unlikely that any day spent in the Rocky Mountain National Park won't result in spotting the odd critter or 2. Herds of mule deer are common, as are sightings of chipmunks. Visit at the right time and you can spot elk rutting during mating season, a wonderfully photogenic scene in the early morning mist. The eagle-eyed might spot bighorn sheep or coyotes on the mountain ridges, while hawks circle overhead in search of prey below. Those that like watching wildlife won't come away disappointed.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Estes Park

The nearest airport is in Broomfield, CO (BJC-Rocky Mountain Metropolitan), located 42.7 mi (68.8 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near vacation homes in Estes Park

If you’re traveling with family, you’ll find a range of exciting kid’s activities in Estes Park. Vacation rentals can be found near places like the Open Air Adventure Park, an outdoor adventure destination with an aerial obstacle course, and the Estes Park Museum, a history center with artifacts and exhibits of the early life of homesteaders. Kids will also like Fun City, an amusement park with bumper boats, slides, and other kid-focused activities.

Good for couples

Couple's vacation homes in Estes Park

The peaceful atmosphere of Estes Park makes it ideal for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes can be found near romantic places like Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, an art gallery with photographs of the vast parkland, and the Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, an art museum with regional works from prominent artists. You could also explore Bear Lake, a peaceful lake with scenic views of the mountain surrounds.

Can I find a vacation rental around Estes Park?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,142 vacation rentals near Estes Park. From 283 Cabins to 538 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Estes Park for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Estes Park?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Estes Park:

  • YMCA of the Rockies: 58 vacation rentals
  • Fall River Estates: 41 vacation rentals
  • Carriage Hills: 193 vacation rentals
  • Windcliff Estates: 76 vacation rentals
  • Aspen Brook: 43 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Estes Park?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Estes Park. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Estes Park Golf Course: 1,034 vacation rentals
  • Bear Lake Trailhead: 1,260 vacation rentals
  • Lake Estes Marina: 974 vacation rentals
  • Estes Park Aerial Tramway: 1,133 vacation rentals
  • Deer Mountain: 1,194 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Estes Park listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Estes Park?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 283 Cabins in Estes Park. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Estes Park include:

  • Houses: 538 rentals available
  • Cottages: 283 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 203 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Estes Park?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 266 vacation rentals with pool available in Estes Park. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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