Starting in 1920 with the National Park to Park Highway promoting road trips to western national parks, Estes Park makes the list of perfect western road trip destinations, and is a great base camp for scenic drives.
Motels sprang up along the highways 7, 34 and 36 into town to serve motorist visitors. Some of these motels still exist today, upgraded to fit modern tastes, and are often the most affordable choice available. Many have great locations, convenient to both downtown Estes Park and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you like the convenience of parking right outside your room, or having a swimming pool on-site for the kids, an Estes Park motel is a great choice for you.
During the busy summer months when all the lodges seem fully booked, motels sometimes still have rooms available. Look here if you’re having trouble finding availability in a condo or lodge.