Recent Estes Park reviews
"My husband and I really enjoyed staying in this very clean condo and especially enjoyed sitting on the deck with the rushing water flowing by. Everything we needed was provided! We would come again!"Guest: Kathy F. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 27, 2014View listing
"Fantastic getaway, celebrating my 68th & wife's 60th (same date)! Hiking in Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park.Condo very luxurious, plenty of room, fully equipped. Back deck by river relaxing w/ morning coffee & evening beverages. Recommend very highly to anyone who wants to be pampered by their quarters! Master bed was most comfortable I've been in."Guest: Gary/Deb Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014View listing
"We booked the house for a family hiking weekend. 5 adults and 2 young children (4 and 7 years old). What a gorgeous home! The property is just secluded enough to feel like you're away from everything but close enough to the main road to get into Estes Park easily. Everything was clean and well stocked. The beds were comfortable and everything worked fine. The owners live on the property in an RV. They're extremely friendly folks with lots of cool information about the area. (follow their bear advice, it'll save your car from being rummaged through). The kids had a blast feeding the horse and exploring the woods behind the house. We'll definitely be back!"Guest: Jay S. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 23, 2014View listing
"House on the Rocks is in a perfect place. The house is close to town but not right in the fray. It's close to the National Park but not on the main drag. It has a breathtaking view but there are no mountain roads to climb. It is in a neighborhood but the neighbors aren't right on top of you. The house is older in an established neighborhood just a stone's throw from Estes Park and RMNP. The rooms are large and everything was very clean when we arrived. The laundry area is very nice and the 2 women who stayed on the top floor (our sisters) were delighted to find a laundry chute so they didn't have to come downstairs to drop off their dirty clothes. We didn't use the washer and dryer much but, when we did, laundry detergent was supplied. Nice for us so that we didn't have to buy it and then leave it when we flew home. There is an iron and ironing board, too! I used them and was glad they are there. The bathrooms are older but I love the tan colored tub, sink and toilet. My husband and I were in the basement bedroom and used the downstairs bathroom. The shower in that bathroom is amazing! Plenty of lovely hot water and tremendous water pressure. The house is equipped with huge fluffy towels too! The kitchen is well equipped but we didn't use it much. We cooked a few meals but mostly ate out or packed picnic lunches to eat while we explored. We were thankful for the coffee maker and for the dishwasher. The bedrooms are quite large with lots of closet space and chest of drawers for all belongings. I had a little trouble finding a bed that was comfortable for me and my husband together. On the third night one of the sisters discovered a foam mattress cover in her closet and we put that on our bed. After that I slept like a rock. The living area is very large with a big fireplace and three sofas. We rearranged the furniture a bit (fixed it before we left) so that the 2 largest sofas faced the TV. The living room area includes the dining room table. It easily seats 6 people and has a gorgeous view. The view . . . STUPENDOUS! It changes constantly and is always stunning. There is a very large deck that we used often, especially as the sun rose and set. We were there during the elk rut and could listen to elk bugling in the distance. The stars are amazing and, on a clear night you can see the Milky Way. House on the Rocks is not fancy but it's wonderful. We would love to stay here again. It is so quiet and in such a beautiful spot."Guest: Jamie S. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 25, 2014View listing
Estes Park Travel Tips
At the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in Colorado thanks to stunning mountain vistas and a charming downtown. Situated 7,522 feet above sea level, the entire area is home to breathtaking views, incredible natural scenery and plenty of skiing and hiking adventures to be had. The town itself has the feel of a quaint mountain village yet allows for a range of phenomenal cuisine and culture in the middle of an outdoorsman's paradise. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a memorable family vacation or just isolation from the fast pace of the city for a few days, Estes Park is the perfect destination.
Estes Park Attractions
Known by many as the gate to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a veritable treasure trove of activities based around its immense natural beauty. Featuring guided tours, world class camping, great hiking and an absolutely endless supply of beautiful backdrops for family photographs, Estes Park is perfect for those who appreciate the great outdoors. The four trailheads accessible from the town offer fantastic access to the local hiking trails and phenomenal ski slopes, as well.
Within Rocky Mountain National Park alone there are over 100 separate peaks that rise above the height of 11,000 feet. As a result, Estes Park has become a prime destination for climbers and backpackers from across the globe. Strap into a harness, don't forget the crampons and scale some incredible rock faces or, if you're looking for a slightly more tame experience, take some of the winding backpacking trails to the top of these beautiful peaks. Since many of these peaks run directly along the continental divide, climbers can take in the unforgettable sight of watching snow begin its long journey either east to the Atlantic or west to the Pacific.
Estes Park Things to Do
If you're visiting Estes Park in either the spring, summer or autumn, then you'll want to take part in the fantastic trail running scene. While the city does offer a variety of trails that cater to all skill levels, some of the most beautiful scenery is found on two of the more challenging routes, Black Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop. While the former is an intermediate, 9.6-mile trail, Lumpy Ridge Loop runs for over 10 miles and features a nearly 3-mile change in elevation from start to finish. Black Lake Trail is recommended for those desiring water-centric viewpoints, as it passes by two lakes and a series of waterfalls. Lumpy Ridge, considering its changes in elevation, caters more to those looking to view the world from above as they pass through mountainous ridges and rugged terrain.
Of course, some people will prefer to experience the beauty of Estes Park from the valley below. Since its official sanctioning by the United States government nearly a century ago, Rocky Mountain National Park has served as a habitat to both domesticated and wild horses. A variety of options are available through the park for horseback riders of all levels, including day trips and backcountry horse camping sponsored by the National Parks Office. Those who would prefer to be a bit more independent can set off alone and will find over 260 miles of beautiful wilderness trails for their enjoyment. Both Thunder Lake Trail and Finch Lakes Trail are popular among vacationers and locals. These trails are accessible from the Wild Basin Trailhead, which is easily found from multiple park entrances.