Things to do in Estes Park
There is alot to do here. I started this business because I believe it to be the most fun, the most unique, and the best way to see the hidden gems of the back country here. However, here some other really cool things to do. You can google any of them and they will be at the top of the page.
Cascade Creek go-carts — They have bumper boats, cool mini golf course, carts and some other things there. It’s a must if you have kids. They are just down the street from us.
Estes Park Distillery — New to Estes, this place is right next door to us. Very cool place with tastings. You gotta check it out. Very unique.
The Mountain Shop — Rock climbing wall and guide service, snowshoe rental, sled, snowboard, mountain bike, and ski rental. The shop is filled with every outdoor piece of gear and clothing you can think off. You have to stop in here.
Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour — This is an absolute MUST. Book way ahead of time and maybe ask for Lady J or Scary Mary as your guide.
Sombrero Ranch — These guys are next door to us. Their horseback rides are top notch, easy, great prices and of course, they are very cool people.
Rocky Mountain National Park — The reason most people come here. Can’t give you all the details. Just come here, get a pass at the gate and go explore. You will be amazed. If you get a chance, drive up old fall river road.
Green Jeep Tours — If you don’t feel like driving a Jeep with us, these guys will drive for you. They take you on a pretty awesome tour of the back country. Plus, they are really cool people.
Lily Lake — Take a drive up to Lily lake and hike around it. The hike is short, easy, and beautiful.
Shopping Downtown — When I was a kid, it was all Indian stuff and junk. Estes Park has gotten ALOT cooler since. Living here my whole life, my wife STILL drags me in all the stores at least once a month. Drives me nuts, but I have to admit, the shops are diverse and there is alot of cool stuff. They even have an outside bar now for us dudes not interested in shopping. It’s a cool scene.
Events — Throughout the summer there are some neat events going on. The Roof Top Rodeo is a must. So is the Scottish Highland Festival. Check the city website to see all the happenings.
Fly Fishing — There are a number of guided fly fishing shops here. The fly fishing here is awesome. You gottta try it.
Elk Fest — Late Sept and all of Oct is the best time to be here in my opinion. The elk are in rut and they are all over town. It still send chills up my spine when I am gassing up ATV’s at 5am in the dark and a huge 6 point bull pops out of nowhere and bugles just a few feet away. You’ll see what I mean if you come here.
Hiking and Longs Peak — The hiking here is the best in the world and stunningly beautiful. We also have Longs Peak, which is a 14,000+ mountain you can climb. Get with a guide service though if you don’t know what you are doing.
Marina — Across from our shop is the Lake Estes marina. There, you can rent paddle boats, canoes, fish, and even have a day in the park.
Drive the Canyons — We have some awesome canyons to drive through. Beautiful scenery and great places to stop along the way. In my opinion, we have the best Harley riding area in the world. This is why we rent Harleys.
White Water Rafting — There are a couple places you can choose in Estes. The river you will raft is about 40 miles away, but it is AWESOME!
Golf — The Estes golf course is right near downtown. You might have to fight the elk for a place to T off though.
Nightlife — Many of the restaurants have live music most nights of the week. I like the Rock Inn. Also Lonigan’s is a cool place in downtown.
Estes Park Brewery — Cool place where you can taste all the beers, eat some food and hang out. A must if you like beer.
YMCA — This isn’t your normal Y. This place is a world unto it’s own. You could spend a week there and never have to leave with all the activities they have available.
Scooter Rental — My brother-in-law Steve does scooter rentals out of our shop. You will be surprised at how fun it is.
The National Forest — Colorado has vast national forest. For those of you who don’t understand what that is; national forest is your public land. It is all open to hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, atv riding, jeeping, climbing, or whatever you are into. Check it out around the Estes area, your federal tax dollars pay for it, enjoy it. Help keep it clean though.