Estes Park has become a destination for people who enjoy hiking and sightseeing during the summer, but also for those who wish to slow things down and enjoy the quiet beauty of the Rocky Mountains during the winter. Whether it’s visiting a local museum, strolling through an art gallery, planning a family reunion during the winter holidays or finding that perfect snowcapped mountain to photograph, Estes Park is for you.
Year-Round Activities Near Estes Park
Some of our favorite year-round activities include:
- Exploring the art in Estes Park – From painters and glass blowers to wood carvers and photographers, the shops and galleries of Estes Park offer a prime destination for art lovers. The Art Center of Estes Park has a permanent gallery presenting rotating shows by local and regional artists. The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park hosts exhibitions by local as well as nationally renowned artists. The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies makes sure live theatre is alive and well.
- Visiting the Estes Park Museums and Historic Sites – Tracks in Time details the history of the Estes Park area from the Ice Age to today at the Estes Park Museum. Temporary exhibits are housed in the National Park Service historic headquarters building. The Lula W. Dorsey Museum documents the history of the YMCA of the Rockies and offers interpretive program. The more than a century-old Stanley Hotel is a great place to visit anytime of the year. Ghosts don’t care about the weather.
- Planning Family Reunions – Families who love the outdoors have their family reunions in Estes Park. Not only is it centrally located, but it offers sightseeing and hiking trails in the summer and sightseeing and cross country ski trails in the winter. Fall is famous for the elk rut and the golden aspen. Don’t forget the camera for family pictures and scenic shots.
- Photographing the Rockies – Around every turn is the perfect photograph. All you have to do is take it. Learn these simple techniques from a pro to make your photographs stand out. Light it. Keep it simple. Make it interesting. Keep an eye out for Estes Park wildlife!
- Renewing the Mind and the Body – While you’re on vacation, why not relax a little. Renew your body and your mind with a massage at one of the many spas in town.
- Planning a Wedding in the Mountains – Whether summer, winter, spring or fall, it is the perfect time for that destination wedding in Estes Park. Plan early and contact the Estes Park Wedding Association to check out venues and vendors. Many couples marry in Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you need more information about planning your trip to Estes Park this year, whether you’re looking for summer activities or things to do in winter, we’ve got you covered. Pick up one of our free seasonal publications in town or request a copy online.Tags: What to Do