Estes Park is truly a beautiful destination with peaks that rise all around, from 8,500 feet to more than 14,000 feet, rendering gorgeous views in every direction.
Estes Park is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Estes Park to make sure that you enjoy your experience to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.
Inside Estes Park village, you can take a leisurely stroll on the Riverwalk, fish in the Fall River, or make a pit stop for some delicious ice cream. In the warmer months, head to one of many nearby restaurants to enjoy the views, plus good food and a locally-made bottle of wine. When it starts getting colder, move indoors, near a roaring fire to savor wild game, delicious ethnic dishes and hearty steaks.
The local shops and galleries have a wide variety that spins from practical to fun. Wildlife is so plentiful that the elk wandering downtown are our official welcoming committee. With our beautiful skyline, painters often set up on the sidewalks, in parks or along the river. Other artists and artisans work in galleries or studios, shaping bronze into animals or blowing glass into exquisite decorations.
Downtown offers more than 200 retailers, restaurants and attractions. Our businesses are locally-owned and chain stores won’t be found here. Guests will find unique treasures, gifts and mementos. Some of the buildings feature rustic timber framing, reminiscent of Estes Park’s homesteading era. Others have been updated and re-purposed, revealing the evolution of this unpretentious mountain village.
Many downtown activities take place outside: jazz concerts, cowboy sing-a-alongs, Riverwalk strolls and even wine tastings.
For more ideas, check out Trip Advisor’s recommendations for Downtown Estes Park.