Outdoor Activities near Estes Park
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are full of fun outdoor summer activities. Come for a visit and enjoy your favorite interests or try something new. There are adventures waiting for everyone!
The Estes Park area offers fantastic whitewater rafting adventures that anyone can enjoy. From beginners to advanced paddlers – you’ll find just the adrenaline rush you are seeking! You can find Class II, III, and IV rapids on the Cache la Poudre River. The river starts at the base of the snow capped peaks of RMNP near Estes Park, winds dramatically through canyons of steep rocky cliffs. You may even see eagles, deer, black bear, and big horn sheep…if you can keep your eyes open through the rapids!
What better way to enjoy summer in the Rockies than getting out for a hike. From maintained paths in the town of Estes to the miles and miles of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, the options are nearly endless. View our Hiking page for ideas long and short, to plan a hike yourself or find a guide company for a little more assistance.
Are you ready for something a bit more adventurous? Somewhere between hiking and rock climbing is Via Ferrata (“Iron Path”) – a fun outdoor adventure that makes mountain climbing accessible and safe for just about everyone. Estes Park is home to two via ferrata routes providing opportunities for beginner and advanced mountaineers. Book a tour and have the adventure of a lifetime!
What better way to enjoy a beautiful day in the Rockies than on horseback. Friendly and knowledgeable guides can provide an exciting and memorable outing for riders of all ages and experience. View our 8 Tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
Mountain & Road Biking
If riding a horse is not your thing, perhaps barreling down a mountain on full suspension or crossing Trail Ridge Road on a lightweight road bike would be more your thing. Whatever your two wheel preference, Estes Park and the surrounding areas are full of opportunities for bikers or all skill levels. See our biking page for ideas or where to go and where to rent a bike if you don’t have your own.
From running rivers to stocked lakes, the Estes area can satisfy any type of fishermen’s itch. So get out on the water for a couple of hours or book and overnight trip with a local guide company. Use our Fishing page for pointers on the different options, reminders about fishing regulations, or to find a guide and let them handle it all.