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Nestled 7,632 feet up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Estes Park is a beautiful town offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities along with quirky shops, boutiques and restaurants. The town is the primary gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. People staying in the park or near it often head to the town for entertainment and dining. Renting a house for your stay can provide you with all of the luxuries of home, with such features as outdoor or indoor hot tubs, grills, state-of-the-art kitchens, pools and the ability to sleep up to 10 people.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a major draw for visitors from around the world. As the park is enormous, you can explore nature in solitude year-round. The park offers excellent hiking trails and the ability to see a wide variety of wildlife. For a scenic drive through the park, Trail Ridge Road can take you through the terrain and offer you stunning views of the mountains, trees and features of Rocky Mountain National Park Horseback riding tours through the park are an available option for exploration, as are guided tours on ATVs.
The town of Estes Park is where to go for shopping, dining and night-time entertainment. There are no commercial businesses within Rocky Mountain National Park, so many people head to town for everything they need. Estes Park is a pedestrian-friendly town with broad sidewalks so you can easily explore. Along Elkhorn Avenue, you'll find numerous eclectic shops and boutiques as well as restaurants with a variety of different types of cuisine. The Big Thompson River runs through Estes Park, and the city has a beautiful riverwalk along its banks. Many people enjoy strolling along the riverwalk. If you are adventurous, you can also choose a river rafting experience down the rushing waters of the river. Other attractions inside of Estes Park include glass-blowing, a winery, museums and art galleries.
A visit to Estes Park is not complete without a ghostly tour at The Stanley Hotel. Built in 1909, this hotel stands towering over the town. It is famous for its alleged hauntings and paranormal activity. You can take a guided, paranormal tour of the hotel during the evening. The guide takes guests through the areas of the hotel that have a reputation for being the most haunted while providing a detailed history of reported ghostly activity and sightings.
Since Estes Park is nestled at a high elevation in Colorado's Front Range, average temperatures in Estes Park range from between 16 degrees and 38 degrees in January up to highs of 78 degrees in July. As the roads leading to Estes Park are occasionally closed due to snow in the winter, the best time of year to visit is the summer. A summertime visit also opens up many additional activities in Rocky Mountain National Park.
You have several different transportation options for getting to Estes Park. If you are driving your own vehicle from Denver, take I-70 until you reach I-270. Follow that to US 36, and follow that through Boulder until you arrive in Estes Park. You can also choose to fly into Denver International Airport and take a taxi from there. Alternatively, you can take the RTD bus from the airport to Boulder. From there, you can take a private shuttle up to Estes Park. Limousine service is also available through a variety of private companies.