In the early years of Estes Park, the land was slated to become a private hunting preserve. Instead, the land consolidated to become a quaint town, filled with small, one-of-a-kind diverse businesses lending to a hometown feel. Located near the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park enjoys the benefits of the nearby natural refuge. With stunning scenery, rivers and waterfalls and herds of elk and bighorn sheep, the village residents have the opportunity to live and thrive amongst the great outdoors. Whether adventure is your type of fun, with challenging hiking and climbing of the Rockies, horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking or snow-shoeing, or you look forward to taking it easy with scenic drives and day trip tours, Estes Park is sure to offer something for everyone.
From summertime outdoor festivals to snow-filled jaunts, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Estes Park. From the Autumn Gold Festival Elk Fest, the Catch the Glow Holiday Parade, Farmerís Market, Jazz Fest and Art Walk, and the Rooftop Rodeo, to the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival Wool Market, Rails in the Rockies Model Train Show and the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Car Show and Parade, residents are sure to find a good time. The summer season brings events ranging from rubber duck races to free concerts, fine arts shows and classic car parades.
Perhaps the most impressive draw to Estes Park is its natural beauty. Nearby Denver is one of America's most beautiful cities, adorned with a clear view of the Rocky Mountains. Flourishing with 300 days of sunshine a year, the metropolitan area is a lively city with a great love of the outdoors. Enthusiasts can find a multitude of offerings within the local national forests and state parks. The recreational benefits for its residents include dude ranches, biking, fly fishing, golf, skiing and white water rafting. There are beautiful stretches of whitewater throughout Colorado, from mild float trips to wild Class V rapids, just minutes from Estes Park. Spectacular hot air balloon flights, incredible Jeep tours, outrageous rafting and excellent guided horseback trips round out the list of the many outdoor activities that make Estes Park and its surrounding areas a great place to call home.
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