Best Things To Do in Estes Park, Colorado

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Located just 90 miles away from Denver, United States, Estes Park in Colorado is a major tourist destination in the Front Range region. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has plenty of attractions and outdoor activities to indulge in. Hiking, trekking, camping, shopping or just having a gala time, there are plentiful of things which you can indulge in, when in Estes Park.

You can know more about the Estes Park history by visiting the Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Museum. You can get the panoramic views of the scenic town by hopping onto the Estes Park Aerial Tramway.

Go shopping at the famous Downtown Estes Park. Other major attractions include Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, MacGregor Ranch Museum, The Studio Fine Art and Framing, Snowy Peaks Winery and Stanley Steam Car Museum.

Below we have a list of things to do in Estes Park and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Estes Park getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Estes Park with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Estes Park

Here is the list of things to do in Estes Park and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Peak View Dr

    Scenic Drive, Biking Trail

    If you’re riding all your way to the Rocky Mountain National Park, then you’ll definitely travel through the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Some stunning locales, snow clad mountains and ample of wildlife spotting opportunities. This byway is one of the most scenic roads in and near Estes Park. There are many spots here which will allow you to take some great pictures and take back a lo...Read more
  2. Estes Park Aerial Tramway

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    Estes Park Aerial Tramway

    View Point, Food And Drinks

    Hate hiking and still want to experience the panoramic views from the Prospect Mountain? Then why not just hop onto the tramway. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway is a unique experience which you’ll get in Estes Park and it shouldn’t be missed at any cost. Even though the price can be little too high, but still the experience is just incredible. Once you reach the top of the Prospect Mo...Read more
  3. Downtown Estes Park


    An out and out shopper’s paradise, the Downtown Estes Park is located right at the heart of Estes Park and is in close proximity with the Estes Park Town Centre. The small shops selling unique articles are in plenty in Downtown Estes Park. Shops of pottery, jewellery, woodwork, handmade furniture and textile art are abundant here. If you’re shopping on a shoestring budget, then ther...Read more
  4. Snowy Peaks Winery

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    Snowy Peaks Winery

    Food And Drinks, Winery, Adults

    Love wine? Want to pamper your taste buds? Want to indulge in some wine tasting? No worries! Estes Park has many places where you can taste some freshly made wine. One such popular place is the Snowy Peaks Winery. You can even bring your kids along with you as this place has a ‘No Wine-ing Zone’ which is nothing but a specially designed playroom. You can taste five wines  and a...Read more
  5. Images Of Rocky Mountain National Park Image

    Photo Gallery

    Do you have an inclination towards photography and want to spend some time observing the minute details in pictures? Then Images of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park is a place you should visit. It is one of the most important places in the city, thanks to the popularity of the Rocky Mountain National Park. You can even take back some pictures along with you as the gallery also sells s...Read more
  6. Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf


    A perfect place to visit with your family, the Estes Park’s Premiere Family Entertainment Centre is entertaining tourists and locals for 50 over years now. If you want to indulge in some thrilling activities, then you’ll get many chances to do that, once you visit here. The major attractions here are Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Casey’s Train, Extreme Bungee Trampoli...Read more
  7. Red Rose Rock Shop & Museum

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    Red Rose Rock Shop & Museum


    Another museum in the list, the Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum is the place which you should visit if you’re into geology and fossils. There is a wide variety of rocks, stones jewellery and petrified woods which is displayed here. You can observe them, know more about them and even take back some for yourself, family, friends or relatives.
  8. Mountain Blown Glass

    4.8 (250 Votes)
    Mountain Blown Glass

    Art And Culture

    Till now, you had just read about how handmade glass was made? Or you must’ve seen some video on YouTube. But in Estes Park, you can actually see in real how the glass is made. And the place that offers you this opportunity is the Mountain Blow Glass Museum. Established in 2000, this museum is known for its unique glass displays. Know what it all takes to make a handmade glass, enjoy the ...Read more
  9. Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection

    Museum, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    The Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection is just not your usual hotel. In addition to the restaurant serving lip smacking delicacies, the key room is an important attraction here. The room has keys prominently from the world war era which are exhibited. Every key has a brief description along with the era it belonged to. So, if you want to kill some time and go back in historical era, then paying a...Read more
  10. Aspen And Evergreen Gallery

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    Aspen And Evergreen Gallery

    Art And Culture, Shopping Center

    If shopping is your favourite thing, then visiting Aspen and Evergreen Gallery in Estes Park will prove to be a double whammy for you. One: Because it has some incredible artefacts like pottery, jewellery, blown glass, fused glass, woodwork, handmade furniture, textile art, gourd art, leather work. Second: The new stock is updated frequently and the price is also reasonable. Located right at th...Read more
  11. Stanley Steam Car Museum


    Located just 5.8 miles away from Estes Park, Lily Mountain Trail offers some stunning panoramic views of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, the mountains along the Continental Divide and in the Mummy Rang. The moderate level trail is at an elevation of about 8780 feet. Hence if you want to add a tinge of thrill to your trip to Estes Park, do visit the Lily Mountain Trail. This is one of the busiest hiki...Read more
  12. Lily Mountain Trail

    Trail, Adults

    Located just 5.8 miles away from Estes Park, Lily Mountain Trail offers some stunning panoramic views of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, the mountains along the Continental Divide and in the Mummy Rang. The moderate level trail is at an elevation of about 8780 feet. Hence if you want to add a tinge of thrill to your trip to Estes Park, do visit the Lily Mountain Trail. This is one of the busiest hiki...Read more
  13. MacGregor Ranch Museum

    4.8 (207 Votes)
    MacGregor Ranch Museum


    MacGregor Ranch Museum is one of Colorado's unique museums. Founded by Alexander and Clara MacGregor in 1873, this is a working cattle ranch and a youth education center, today. If you want to know more about the history of Estes Park, then you should definitely visit the MacGregor Ranch Museum. The entry is nominal. Something or the other to take back by everyone. Be it the adults or just...Read more
  14. Historic Fall River Hydroplant Image
    One of those sites in Estes Park which has a historic significance attached to it. The hydro plant which once brought electricity in the whole village, Historic Fall River Hydroplant is a perfect place to go back in time. Built by F O Stanley in 1909, there is a demo session showing the generation of electricity in earlier times, organised for the visitors. There is no admission charge still th...Read more
  15. Park Theatre Estes Park

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    Park Theatre Estes Park

    Performance, Theatre

    Are you a film buff? Do you love historic film theatres? Are you into world cinema? Then Park Theatre Estes Park is one such destination that’ll treat the movie buff in you. Opened in 1913, Park Theatre Estes Park’s lobby is designed in the Pac Man Theme with vintage machines and oversize posters. If you’re visiting Estes Park, then you should definitely indulge in some unique...Read more

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  • I remember riding a tram to the top of a small mountain and feeding peanuts sold at the top to the chipmunks many years ago.. Is this still available?

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    • I am not sure if this information is available. I suggest you ask the locals around as they are the best source of information. 

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  • Hi, we have 6 nights..plan is to go from DIA then to estes - onto Glenwood...should we spend 1 or 2 nights in estes (if one i was thinking of 1 in Grand Lake) Then 3 in glenwood then somewhere halfway on way back

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    • Hi Barb, if you wish to have a full personalized itinerary then contact us on As soon as you send us the information, we will help you further. 

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  • Is this intinerary to much, 6 or 7 nights? Den to Estes 1 night, Grand Lake 1 night, Glenwood Springs 1 night, Maroon Bells, Aspen, then on to Colorado Springs for 1 or 2 nights then back to DEN.

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    • As you have not mentioned the transportation mode you are opting for, I will assume you are driving your own vehicle. If so, I think you can easily manage to visit all the places you have mentioned. As you are staying a night at almost all the towns, you will get a chance to relax. Just make sure to have some breathing period in your itinerary during a day also. 

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