I was born in a family that's been in Colorado for generations and has a deep love affair with Estes Park. Here are the best things to do if you visit!

Estes Park Visitor's Center

Open year-round and the friendly staff can answer your questions and help with recommendations for everything from guided fly fishing to dog friendly hiking trails.


The Stanley Hotel has been an important part of Estes Park since it opened in 1909 and is known for more than inspiring Steven King's The Shining. Stop in for  a cocktail on the patio, a bite to eat, a historic tour, or get tickets for a concert or event.

The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is a non-profit community resource that relies on donations and the generosity of volunteers to offer a host of educational opportunities for all ages. You’ll find events here year-round and can schedule an observatory and stargazing visit from April through September.

Lake Estes is surrounded by walking, biking, and picnic areas and offers several opportunities to get out on the water. The lake is stocked with trout for fishing and throughout the summer you can take kayaks and paddle boards out on the water.

The Riverwalk is a paved trail that runs along the banks of the Big Thompson River and is parallel to downtown Estes Park's main street. The trail is generally less crowded but still offers easy access to shops and restaurants.

Fun City

was established in 1969 and is an Estes Park landmark. You'll find mini golf, a bungee trampoline, bumper boats, bumper cars, go-carts, and a giant rainbow slide.

Open Air Adventure Park

an aerial adventure park where you can swing, climb, and maneuver through 32 aerial challenges. Continue the fun with ax throwing and a kayak tour.

Head over to Jackson Stables where you can tour Rocky Mountain National Park on horseback. You’ll find hour-long rides and full-day adventures plus pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides in the fall.