National Parks Free Entrance Day

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

National Parks Free Entrance Day

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

National Parks Free Entrance Day

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)

Colorado’s National Park Gem

Attracting more than three million visitors each year, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is one of the country’s most frequently visited nationalRMNP Fall parks.  The park ranges in elevation from 8,000 feet in the wet grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the top of Longs Peak.

Established January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.  A visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Although the great peaks comprise the essence of the park, the delicate alpine flowers, clear lakes, rushing mountain waters, and impressive forests appeal to all the senses.  An array of wildlife – bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, coyote, and elk add life to the landscape.  Wildflower lovers are never disappointed in June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical color.  Autumn visitors can relax among the golden aspens or enjoy the rowdier antics of the elk run (mating season).

Activities for RMNP Visitors

The wide variety of elevations and habitats create a choice of activities for visitors.  Endless opportunities are available to hikers, backpackers and horseback riders on over 355 miles of trails.  Fly fishers, bird watchers and photographers discover the splendor that they traveled to find.  During the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers revel in the white-blanketed tranquility of meadows and forests.  Rocky Mountain National Park offers many ways to experience nature and all its beauty.

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What’s Happening Larimer County

Larimer County

In Estes Park, the calming effect of nature embraces you, and there’s always a new adventure waiting to be discovered.  This beautiful mountain town, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, is your gateway to the number one tourist destination in Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park.

Nestled in the high mountain valley at just above 7,500 feet in elevation, Estes Park is one of Colorado’s year-round natural splendors.  This delightful mountain village welcomes visitors of all ages and activity levels with various festivals, cultural experiences, playgrounds, river walks, hiking and biking trails, and much more.

Downtown’s pedestrian-friendly streets invite you to stroll, window shop, or relax along the riverwalk with some homemade ice cream.  Grassy parks, Victorian lights, and sidewalk benches add an old-fashioned feel to the array of charming shops and restaurants.  More than 300 unique shops and galleries offer a selection of handcrafted art pieces, unique giftware and fine apparel.

There are restaurants galore with everything from fast food to trendy cuisine, casual and fine dining.  Take in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and you’ll quickly see why Estes is known as a top family destination.

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or love to shop and dine, you’ll find more than enough to keep you entertained.  While here, we invite you to try fly fishing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, river rafting and the thrill of viewing mountain wildlife.  Enjoy some of our rich historical tours, terrific golf courses, intriguing museum exhibitions, and many local art galleries.  You may not be able to do it all in one trip.  But, like most visitors to Estes, you’ll likely be back for more!

The Estes Park area offers organized events and a variety of activities to choose from throughout the year.  Such offerings include the Estes Park Music Festival, Jazz Fest and Art Walk, Rocky Mountain Brew Fest, Rooftop Rodeo, Heritage Days, the world-famous Scottish Highlands Festival, and so much more.

Estes Park’s beautiful dry climate attracts thousands of visitors each summer.  This dry climate makes hot summer days (the average high in July is 85°F) seem cool to those from other areas of the country.  And our brisk evenings (which can dip below 50°F at night) are extremely comfortable.  Summertime afternoon showers usually dissipate in time for the nightly display of stars.  Winters are surprisingly mild, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.  Colorado’s 300 days of annual sunshine also softens the winter months.

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