Options 2 and 4 of this getaway include a welcome package—enjoy a bottle of red wine, chocolates, and a buy-one, get-one-free coupon to a wine tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery and Tasting Room.
In downtown Estes Park, you can shop at quaint boutiques and art shops on Elkorn Avenue, nibble on homemade fudge, or enjoy a full meal at a riverside café.
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 one of region’s spectacular scenic drives. 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. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are also available, and there is a hill for sledding in the park at Hidden Valley.