Read a Guide Book

To enhance your Estes Park visit, we've compiled this list of the best books to help you plan your activities and deepen your enjoyment and appreciation of this very special place. If you have comments to add or others to recommend, please email

General Guide Books

Outdoor Family Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park icon

     An indispensable, best-selling guide with lots of tips and valuable information for families visiting the Park.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States


Day and Overnight Hikes

     First-time, novice, and seasoned hikers find original GPS-based trail maps, detailed trail descriptions, and overnight camping          recommendations.

Best Easy Day Hikes

Hiking Circuits in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park, 10th - a Falcon Guide


Rocky Mountain National Park: High Peaks: The Climber's Guide Vol 2

Best Climbs Rocky Mountain National Park: Over 100 of the Best Routes on Crags and Peaks 

Mountain Biking

Bicycling America's National Parks: The Best Road and Trail Rides from Canyonlands to Rocky Mountain National Park


A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park


 Land Above the Trees

     An in-depth view of tundra ecosystems by Bettie Willard and Ann Zwinger.

Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains

Wildflowers, Flora

Meet the Natives: The Amateur's Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Trees and Shrubs

     If you're beginning flower identification and buying only one wildflower book, make it this one. It'll be encouraging!

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Pocket Guide


Rocky Mountain Wildlife

Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains

Professional Secrets of Nature Photography: Essential Skills for Photographing the Outdoors 


Rocky Mountain National Park; A History

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

     Read Isabella Bird's account of her visit to Estes Park in 1872. Your view of this valley today will change.

Magnificent Mountain Women; Adventures in the Colorado Rockies

     A wonderful book! Sure cure for complaints about unreliable power, postal, cable and telephone services.

This Blue Hollow; Estes Park, The Early Years, 1859-1915

America's Switzerland