Things to do in Estes Park
Winter backcountry adventurers need to understand and prepare for the risk of avalanches. Rocky Mountain National Park is the first national park to add an avalanche beacon training area inside the park where snow sports enthusiasts, search and rescue volunteers, park staff and others can practice locating buried beacons and brush up on their skills.
YMCA of the Rockies is hosting their 2nd Annual Family Winter Mountaineering and Backcountry Weekend.
Rocky Mountain National Park's visitation was up again in 2016 with a little over 4.5 million visitors, an increase of 40 percent since 2012! Much of this was due to the National Park Service's 100th anniversary - which brought added crowds to all the national parks, not just RMNP. All months except for December set new visitation records. So how can you visit the park when it's not as crowded?
Throughout the year beginning in January and ending in December, you can participate in several different races ... And even the kids and dogs can join in for some of them! In addition, to help you train, the Estes Park Running Club sponsors a free 5K weekly community run every Tuesday evening, starting at the Stanley Hotel. Warm up and registration is at 5:30 pm, and the run begins at 6 pm. The Estes Park Running Club is a non-profit, 501c(4) organization which provides fundraising for local youth programs.
Exciting news to start off with ... US 34 Big Thompson Canyon from Loveland to Estes Park will be opened for all motorists from 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 22nd through 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th, and from 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30th through 7 p.m. on Monday, January 2nd, 2017!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones who enjoy visiting Rocky Mountain National Park? Look no further! This is a great way to both give and receive, as the person getting the pass will be able to enjoy the beauty of the park for an entire year, and the park is able to continue to both maintain its current infrastructure and also improve with many new projects.
Rocky Mountain National Park is surrounded by several national forests - of which the two main ones are Roosevelt National Forest (to the north and east sides of the park) and Arapaho National Forest (on the west and south sides of the park).
The elk are out in force this fall for their bugling season. Below is a story of 3 bull elk and more than 30 cows (females) wandering around downtown Estes...
The largest and most imposing of the bull elk started bugling
And gathering up his harem of cows ...
During the month of September the National Park Service is bringing a series of 13 art quilts to Rocky Mountain National Park which were created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NPS.