Summer Bus Tours in Rocky let everyone in your group experience the scenic vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park from the comfort of a 14 passenger mini-bus or a 12 passenger van. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute has created three educational adventures by bus to the most popular areas of the Park that are a great alternative to driving yourself.
- Journey to the Top takes you up Trail Ridge Road to over 12,000 feet elevation & the Alpine Visitor Center. Don’t miss getting out and taking a close look at the tiny tundra wildflowers and amazing ecosystem that survives the harsh winters of the Continental Divide – but bring a jacket as it can be considerably colder up high than in the summer valleys below. Lots of stops for views, but walking at altitude isn’t required. Every Wednesday & Thursday from 9a – 3:30p. Lunch included. Leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center.
- Grand Lake Safari runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through August 26 and takes you across the Continental Divide to the west side of the Park and historic Grand Lake. This all day tour (8a – 5p) leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center and includes lunch. It includes all the stops on the Journey to the Top plus the Kawuneeche Valley.
- Each Friday from 8am – noon through September 5, 2014 the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Field Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) will offer an Escape to Bear Lake tour which will start at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and drive the length of Bear Lake Road discussing park history, geology, wildflowers & wildlife, and more. Participants can walk or stroll around Bear Lake and Sprague Lake with their guide (mostly even, paved terrain) to learn more about the subalpine ecosystem, and practice their nature photography.
Bear Lake is one of the most popular, accessible, and beautiful destinations within Rocky Mountain National Park, and you don’t want to miss it. Entrance into the Park is included in the fee for this tour, which is new this year.
Call 970-586-3262 to sign up for any of these tours!
Jazz Fest is coming to Estes Park this weekend, Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, May 18th, and you won't want to miss it! Come up for the day, or stay all weekend. Whether you love Jazz music, art, the outdoors, fine wine and dining, or simply want a last minute getaway to the mountains, you are sure to love being in Estes Park this weekend! Here's why:
Art Walk - throughout the town of Estes Park there will be galleries and exhibits of beautiful and unique artwork. Stroll around and get inspired! Maybe you'll even find the perfect piece to take back home.
A Taste of Colorado - Snowy Peaks Winery is offering A Taste of Colorado for festival guests to sample wines from several of CO's finest wineries.
Free Parking - Don't worry about all the little charges that add up! Free parking is offerred, however space is limited.
Wonderful Live Music - Live music always puts us in a festive mood, and Jazz Fest is no exception! With seven different Jazz groups playing over 2 days you'll be swaying, tapping your feet, and boogieing down to a diverse sampling of jazz styles from the early years to the future of jazz.
Saturday, May 17
Noon – 12:45 Estes Park Jazz Big Band – Swingin’ Big Band Sounds
1:05 – 2:10 Manuel Lopez and The Latin Jazz Trio featuring Maria Lopez – Latin Jazz and Cuban Classics
2:30 – 3:40 The Max Wagner Quartet - Modern Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Vocals
4:00 – 5:00 United States Air Force Faconaires – Modern Big Band Jazz
6:30 – 9:30 The Max Wagner Quartet Downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant – The Max Wagner Quartet features Max Wagner on saxophone & Jazz vocals, Myra Warren on Jazz vocals, with Eric Gunnison at the piano, and Ken Walker on bass. Expect an exciting, entertaining and intimate evening of Live Jazz with The Max Wagner Quartet! Mama Rose’s is an official sponsor of The Estes Park Jazz Festival (reservations suggested - 970-586-3330). Mama’s is located at: 338 E. Elkhorn Ave.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Noon – 1:20 Myra Warren with the Ellyn Rucker Quartet – Swinging Jazz Vocalist with top flight Jazz Group
1:45 – 3:15 Festival Headliner: Sax Appeal – New York Saxophone Legends Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison
3:40 – 5:00 Scott Martin with Devoted to The Standard – Classics of The Great American Songbook