Estes Park, Colorado

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Estes Park, Colorado

Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.

The City

The Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the area's major draws. Hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, ice skating, camping, horseback riding, photography, and scenic drives are just some of the activities in which visitors to this national park can partake. Even though the city is also home to shopping, museums, restaurants, spas, and live entertainment, the wilderness can spill into the streets, with wild animals like elk regularly making their way into the urban area.

Bars and Nightlife

People come to Estes Park to relax and most would not consider it to be a "party town," but that does not mean that there are no places to enjoy the evening do not exist. From small, laid-back watering holes to more family-friendly activities like bowling and shows, the lights don't go out in Estes Park just because the sun goes down. There are several places you can go to hang out with the locals or spend time with your family.

Do & See

Outdoor activities are the primary sources of entertainment for visitors with the Rocky Mountain National Park offering an abundance of opportunities for exploration in both summer and winter. The town of Estes is also full of life and is like living history since many of the shops and restaurants have been fixtures in the community for decades. Wherever you look, you can see the beauty of the area, from the construction and building materials to the surrounding mountains.

Dining

Several restaurants in the area have dishes that feature the wild game abundant in the area, like bison and elk. American fare is the standard but not necessarily the norm. There are also Mexican, Italian, and a variety of Asian-style restaurants in the area.

Shopping

You won't find any huge shopping malls in Estes Park, but with all of the interesting local shops around, you won't care. There are several outdoor supply stores to meet your needs. Shops and galleries sell apparel, artwork, jewelry, souvenirs, and many other items, most locally-made. Grocers sell fresh, local meats and produce.