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In a year, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) typically hosts more than 4.5 million visitors. As the fourth most-visited National Park in the country, visitors come from all 50 U.S. states and many foreign countries to see the beauty of Longs Peak, to hike along Bear Lake, and to test their lung capacity at altitude.

Summer is by far the busiest season for RMNP, but for good reason. The snow has melted, revealing miles of glorious hiking trails that span acres and acres of Rocky Mountain land.

As you plan your summer trip to RMNP, keep these tips in mind so that you have an amazing experience and don’t let the crowds put a damper on your trip.

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things to do at the national stock show

If you’re attending the 2019 National Western Stock Show, you already have an entire itinerary of PBR events to watch, livestock shows to see, and tractor races to win — as do 700,000 other people.

While National Western itself is like Christmas in January, it can also be overwhelming to deal with crowds, the hustle and bustle of Denver, and the constant activity.

If you already know you can only handle big crowds for so long, we recommend bookending your trip with a few Colorado activities or escaping to solitude in the middle of National Western.

Here are some ideas for trips that are close to Denver but will transport you to a different world entirely.

1. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

You know those stunning, 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks you see in the distance? You can actually stand at the base of those (or on top of them, but we don’t recommend that for January) with a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Open all year round, Rocky Mountain National Park is the front yard of the Rocky Mountains. Go on moderate...

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experiencing estes park in winter

Estes Park might not exactly have the balmy climate of Key West, but it’s absolutely a year-round destination to enjoy.

In fact, the winter might be the best season to explore Estes and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you’re looking for a getaway this winter, put Estes Park top on your list for the following reasons.

1. IT’S NOT AS CROWDED IN THE WINTER

During the summer months, Estes Park can be bursting at the seem. Lines to get into Rocky Mountain National Park can stretch practically to Kansas, and everything in town is just a bit more chaotic. The fall also sees its fair share of visitors, as tourists flock to the Rocky Mountains to behold the changing aspen leafs and beautiful fall foliage.

In the winter, though, most Colorado tourists have their sights set on the ski slopes. As a result, Estes becomes a quieter, more peaceful town.

2. THERE’S STILL ACCESS TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Many people assume that Rocky Mountain National Park closes down in the winter, but that’s not true. The...

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about the catch the glow parade

There’s something so special about the holiday season in the Rocky Mountains. Twinkling holiday lights wrap around icicles, and stunning 14,000-foot mountains provide a background fitting for the North Pole.

In Estes Park, the holiday season is even more special — and it starts on the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of spending Black Friday shopping in crowded malls, Estes Park holds the annual “Catch the Glow” parade downtown.

The Catch the Glow parade features bands playing classic holiday tunes, dancers putting on energetic performances, decorated floats, and even Santa Claus. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to watch Elkhorn Avenue come alive. Plus, all events are free, so you can take the whole family along for the fun without worrying about the cost.

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RMNP in the fall

When visitors think of Colorado, they most often think of a winter day on the slopes. While Colorado is certainly known for winter fun, most locals would agree that fall is one of the best times to visit the Centennial state.

If you’re planning a trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park for the fall, you’ve already made a good decision! As you plan your trip, keep this information in mind to maximize your autumn adventure.

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Welcome to the Solitude Cabins blog, where we will cover all topics related to Estes Park vacation rentals, activities, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

History of Solitude Cabins

Solitude Cabins, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and just a few minutes from the world-famous Rocky Mountain National Park, sits on a property from the early 1900s.

This property was originally owned by a watercolor artist, Charles Partridge Adams, who built the property’s original structure to be his artist studio. We try to pay homage to Charles through the names of our buildings, but we have done quite a bit of updating and building since he lived on this land.

Today, Solitude Cabins is the vision of Paul and Katherine Kochevar, who have lived in Estes Park since the 1970s. As community members, the Kochevars take great pride in being able to offer a world-class Estes Park vacation rental experience to their guests.

A Perfect Blend of Nature and Luxury

Solitude Cabins is an incredible option for Estes Park vacation rentals because it gives you the...

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We Specialize In Your Getaway Experience

Our cabins are the ideal Estes Park vacation rental … your perfect destination for relaxation and comfort during your mountain getaway. We’re close to golfing, fishing, dining, shopping, and Rocky Mountain National Park. When you're done with all of that, come home to Solitude Cabins and enjoy a relaxing soak in our outdoor hot tub.

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Reservations

We are the perfect location for a quiet Family Reunion or small Corporate Retreat. The new gathering room can seat up to 40 people and provide some great catering!

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Amenities

Solitude Cabins offers fully furnished, private Estes Park vacation rentals with two bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleep up to six people.

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Our Location

Our Estes Park cabins are a four-season retreat in the Colorado Rockies. Just 5-minute walk from Lake Estes & near Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Crock Pot meals, meat and cheese trays, wine, and terry cloth robes are just some of the "My Amenities" options we offer to make your stay with us really special. It all starts with one phone call!