Trick or Treat in Estes Park

Houses in the Estes valley are spread out on mountainsides and valleys so Halloween night we close the main street through town (Elkhorn Avenue) from 5-9 pm and and kids, adults and pets gather to trick or treat at the shops.

The whole community contributes candy for the shops to hand out to trick or treaters.  Safe for the kids and great fun for all!

a place frequented by a person or group

Haunted Hotel

Estes Park's Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write his famous novel, "The Shining," and is one of the top ten haunted hotels in the United States.  Check our calendar for a Murder Mystery Dinner and The Shining Ball at the Stanley.

Historic Haunts

Native Americans travelled, hunted and climbed in pre-historic time:

  • Trail Ridge, Ute Trail (9000 BCE)
  • Game Drive Walls & Camps (3500 BCE)


Read the stories of these people and places. Here are some really good books to enrich your experience and enliven your imagination:

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Virago Classic Non-fiction)
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park Then & Now (Then & Now (Westcliffe))
The Story of early Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park Pictorial History
Rocky Mountain: The Story Behind the Scenery
America's Switzerland: Estes Park And Rocky Mountain National Park, the Growth Years
A Roadside Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park
Mr. Stanley of Estes Park
The Rocky Mountain Wonderland
Those castles of wood: The story of the early lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park and pioneer days of Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park: A Quick History, Including Rocky Mountain National Park
This Blue Hollow: Estes Park, The Early Years, 1859-1915
A Concise History of The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
A Baby's Life in the Rocky Mountains
ROUGH IT WITH EASE - The Story of The McGraw Ranch (An Historic Place Near Estes Park Colorado)
Estes Park and Trail Ridge, their dramatic history
Trail Ridge Country the Romantic History of Estes Park and Grand Lake
The Story of Early Estes Park
Historical vignettes of early days in Estes Park