Estes Park, Colorado

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.


Lily Lake – Estes Park, Colorado

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.


Near the Moriane in Rocky Mountain National Park

Here is our must do list for Winter in Estes:

  1. 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.

Elk in front of cabin in the Rocky Mountain National Park

2. Grab lunch at Scratch Deli & Bakery.


One of Seth’s favorite Scratch sandwiches – Estes Park, Colorado

3. Take a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel.


The Stanley plays up their Steven King and The Shining history – Estes Park, Colorado

4. Grab a beer at Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.


We love this small gas station turned tap room! – Estes Park, Colorado

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.


We stop to watch the artists every year – Estes Park, Colorado

*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.


Our cozy winter home – Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park is our favorite “home away from home” and a winter visit is number one on our lists of must do trips!

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Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park

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Overlook above Upper Beaver Meadows – Rocky Mountain National Park


Endovalley Road – Rocky Mountain National Park


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