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Estes Park Activities

Located 7,522 miles above sea level, Estes Park makes Denver feel like a beach town. With the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park enveloping the town, the breathtaking panoramas of Estes Park are truly a sight to behold.

While Estes is most known as being the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, it can stand on its own as one of Colorado’s best mountain towns. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the park, take advantage of these activities located in Estes Park.

To book lodging for your stay, look no further than the Top Rated Local® Estes Park vacation rental — Solitude Cabins.

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nearby hikes

You don’t need to go into Rocky Mountain to experience incredible alpine hikes. Estes Park is home to hundreds of hikes, some of which are dog-friendly (as opposed to the dog restriction within Rocky Mountain). Check out these featured hiking areas that you can access right from the doors of Solitude Cabins.

Lumpy Ridge Area — Gem Lake to Balanced Rock — this six-mile round-trip hike is classified as moderate, but it offers some of the best views of the area if you’re up for the exercise. Gem Lake is a stunning alpine lake that you can stop at to have a picnic. From Gem Lake, you can also choose to keep walking another two miles to Balance Rock. This incredible rock formation is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. This hike is also moderate, and it makes the hike roughly seven miles round-trip.

Wild Basin Trailhead — Take Highway 7 to the Wild Basin Trailhead — your mecca for any type of hike you’d like. Choose between easy trails all the way to sub-alpine adventures.

Wild Basin Trailhead features the following amazing hikes:

  • Calypso Cascades
  • Ouzel Falls
  • Ouzel Lake
  • Lawn Lake
  • Bluebird Lake
  • Lion Lakes
  • Thunder Lake

Longs Peak Trailhead — You don’t need to summit Rocky Mountain’s only 14,000-foot mountain, Longs Peak, to enjoy the area. Longs Peak Trailhead features other day hikes that are challenging but less strenuous than a 14’er summit. Check out Storm Pass, Estes Cone, Eugena Mine, and Chasm Lake.

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estes restaurants

The cute Estes downtown has a great selection of restaurants, from upscale date-night cafes to cozy breakfast diners. If you’re staying at our Estes Park vacation rental, we recommend:

  1. Notch Top Café — where the locals dine; breakfast and lunch served daily
  2. Smokin’ Dave’s — excellent breakfast and BBQ; rarely have to wait and get huge portions
  3. Bird and Jims — upscale, modern, and healthy; wine pairing available
  4. Twin Owls — esteakhouse; 100-year-old cabin atmosphere

If you’re visiting Estes in the summer, try to make a reservation when you can — town can get crowded during the busy season.

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adventure activities

If you’re looking for a day full of adventure, with or without the family, Estes Park has a plethora of options. We recommend the following adventure trips:

  1. Jeep and ATV Rentals (Backbone Adventures) — Whiz through the mountains in a top-less Jeep or ATV. If you want to experience as much of the Rocky Mountains as you can during your stay, these four-wheelin’ machines are the way to do it.
  2. Flyfishing (Kirk’s Flyshop) — Catch wild trout along the streams and lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Kirk’s Flyshop offers guided fly fishing trips, which we highly recommend.
  3. River Rafting (Rapid Transit Rafting) — On a sunny summer day, river rafting is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the Colorado landscape. You can opt for an exciting rapid-filled route or stick to a calmer float.
  4. Horseback Riding (Gateway Stables) — You don’t need any horseback riding experience to feel like a modern-day buckaroo. Take a guided horseback tour through the Rocky Mountains, where a guide will point out wildflowers, tell stories of the old West, and teach you how to ride safely.