Top Reasons to Stay at Boulder Brook on Fall River
- This family-owned and -operated hotel is tucked away in a scenic spot just 2 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Each one-bedroom suite is outfitted with WiFi, a gas fireplace, a full or partial kitchen, a 42-inch TV, and a jetted bathtub. Each has a private riverfront deck, too.
- The resort is ideal for a romantic getaway—after a day of exploring the Rockies, you can relax under the stars in the outdoor hot tub.
- This Getaway includes a tasting for two at Snowy Peaks Winery, which produces its own wine and offers varietals from other Colorado wineries.
- In downtown Estes Park, you can shop at quaint boutiques and art shops on Elkhorn Avenue and nibble on homemade fudge.
Estes Park, Colorado: Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
At an elevation of 7,522 feet, Estes Park is a small mountain town known as the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Along Elkhorn Avenue, the main drag of downtown Estes Park, you’ll find the usual souvenir, taffy, and ice-cream shops—but also local breweries and independent restaurants. The resort town also has a popular outdoor ice rink, open on the weekends in the winter months.
Each year, more than three million people head into Rocky Mountain National Park to access 300 miles of hiking trails and admire stunning mountain vistas. The park’s most popular hike is the half-mile loop around the flat terrain of Bear Lake, but the crowd thins out somewhat if you continue onto Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes. Park trails are often covered with snow, but you can strap on a pair of snowshoes and make the trek to the alpine lake at The Loch or the summit of Deer Mountain.
Weather permitting, consider taking a spectacular scenic drive on Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, which wends past the Continental Divide, offering views of Longs Peak—the park’s highest summit, at 14,259 feet. Before you embark on any drive, be sure to check the road status report.