We’ve been visiting Estes Park, Colorado every January for the last 5 years. The small tourist city, at the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park has become our home away from home.
Winter is the best time to visit Estes Park. (Summer is the peak season, the crowds and traffic are unbearable and the prices skyrocket.) This Minnesotan loves the frozen and snow covered views. It’s often much warmer in Colorado than Minnesota in January. We have encountered everything from blizzard conditions to high 40’s and sunshine.
Here is our must do list for Winter in Estes:
- Rocky Mountain National Park – while some of the roads are closed off in the winter season, there is still a lot of park to explore and tons of wildlife to see.
2. Grab lunch at Scratch Deli & Bakery.
3. Take a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel.
4. Grab a beer at Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.
5. Stroll downtown Estes while snacking on salt water taffy. Be sure to stop in and watch a glass blowing demonstration at Mountain Blown Glass.
*Insider tip – stay at one of the condo type inns along Fall River. They have the cozy charm of a cabin and are frequently half the price of the hotels. We like to stay at Woodlands on Fall River in both the one bedroom condos and the full house. The full kitchens are super handy, we are able to make many of our meals on our own and the fireplace is perfect for a snowy night in.
Estes Park is our favorite “home away from home” and a winter visit is number one on our lists of must do trips!