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Estes Ark - Slot Car Racing and Sluicing in Estes Park

Did you ever wonder about the Estes Ark as you drove into Estes Park on Highway 34? What's inside it? It's a really fun place for the whole family - kids and adults alike!

Estes Ark

 

Not only can you find stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes, but there are several great activities for families to do together.  

 

Estes Ark Slot Cars Signs

 

You can head downstairs to the Rainbow Curve to what's known as "Colorado's Oldest Slot Car Raceway."  Up to 6 people can race on the 100 foot slot car track - you can either rent the track with equipment (1/24 or 1/32 scale slot cars) or bring your own.

 

Estes Ark Rainbow Curve Slot Track

 

Or, if slot car racing isn't your thing, you can take the kids outside for some good old-fashioned panning for gems, fossils and arrowheads in the mountains!

 

Estes Ark Panning Gold Sluice

 

So, if you're looking for something fun for the whole family, head on over the the Estes Ark!  They are located at 521 Lone Pine Drive just off Highway 34 by Lake Estes.

National Park Week 2016 - April 16 to 24

Come celebrate the amazing and beautiful national parks that America has to offer ... this week-long event allows you to visit any of our more than 400 national parks for FREE!

 

Horseshoe Sunrise in April

 

Some of the FREE events that will be happening in Rocky Mountain National Park during this week are:

April 16:  National Junior Ranger Day at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

April 16, 17, 23 & 24:  Springing to Life Activity Table at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (Every Saturday & Sunday from March 26 to April 30)

April 16-24:  100 Images for 100 Years photo exhibition located at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center showcasing pictures of RMNP taken from their Instagram

April 19-21:  Spring Bird Walk - learn about the birds of RMNP from a local expert.  Bird walk starts at 9:00 am at the Cub Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park and goes until 10:30 am.  (Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from April 19 to June 16)

 

Birds of RMNP

 

April 21:  Full Moon Walk - explore the park by the light of the moon for between an hour and an hour and a half.  Reservations are required no more than 7 seven days in advance.  Call 970-586-1223 between 8 am and 4 pm to reserve

April 23:  Earth Day Celebration!  Celebrate Earth Day with special booths, family activities, and a tour of the park greenhouse.  Located at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.