Experience Estes Park
Footstep of Rocky Mountain National Park
Just minutes from the Residences at The Stanley in Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park is comprised of 415 square miles of some of America’s most beautiful mountain terrain. While RMNP is known to offer a wide variety of activities, including fishing, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, snowmobiling and more, most visitors come for the sightseeing. In particular, guests enjoy the gorgeous views that can be enjoyed from Trail Ridge Road.
Known as a “scenic wonder road of the world” and nationally recognized as an “All-American Road”, Trail Ridge Road is Rocky Mountain National Park’s highway to the sky, traversing 48 miles atop the ridges and mountaintops of Northern Colorado. Immediately climbing 4,000 feet in a matter of minutes, this scenic drive twists and turns for several miles finally cresting above the tree line to a high point of 12,183 feet. From this height, visitors are able to experience spectacular views and a wide array of flora and fauna.
The Historic Mountain Charm of Estes Park
Situated about 90 miles northwest of Denver, at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Majestic views span in every direction along with the majestic scenes you expect from a Colorado mountain town-gold-medal fishing rivers, iconic peaks, fertile valleys dotted with wildlife-plus one unexpected treasure, a national park.
In the village and along its edges, merchants, restaurants and accommodations acknowledge their Colorado surroundings by selling locally made products, serving regional fare and decorating in ranch, Western or lodge styles. Affordable, accessible and open year-round, the downtown exudes a casual feel in which jeans and cowboy boots are as common as sundresses and flip-flops. That said, some restaurants also cater to travelers seeking an upscale night out. Even in the shops and galleries, variety spins from high-end, one-of-a-kind items to whimsical trinkets.
The Other Local Population
Wildlife is so plentiful that elk often wander downtown streets. Visitors spy them and other animals while walking the path around Lake Estes, driving toward the Historic Fall River Hydroplant or touring Estes Park’s last remaining working cattle ranch, MacGregor Ranch. Sometimes, it seems, the region’s furry creatures outnumber the humans!