Estes Park is a bit of an insiders secret for Coloradan’s, and it’s especially lovely during the winter months with the snow topped pine tree’s, herds of statuesque elk roaming the countryside and the impressive view of the Stanley Hotel when you first approach Estes from Denver. Estes lies 90 minutes northwest of Denver and lies next to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Estes Park’s snow covered evergreens and the snow capped Rocky Mountains provide the perfect location for adventure lovers to enjoy the activities a Colorado winter has to offer from snowshoeing and cross country skiing, to ice climbing, fly fishing and more!
Winter Festival January 14-17 Estes Park, CO.
The 16th annual Winter Trails Day on Saturday January 15th.
Drawing nearly 1,000 visitors annually, participants in Winter Trails Day will have the opportunity to learn all there is know about snowshoeing. From free snowshoe demonstrations and equipment demos to Ranger-led hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park, this day is perfect for anyone interested this exciting outdoor activity. Sponsored by REI and the national Winter Trails organization, the event will run from 11 AM to 3 PM.
The 2nd Annual Winter Festival showcases everything that Estes Park offers in the winter and is perfect opportunity for visitors to take advantage of lodging, dining and retail deals! With a wide variety of activities there is something for everyone at Winter Festival. Here are some of the activities that will be available:
- Wine and beer tastings from Colorado wineries and microbreweries
- A Chili Cook-Off with local chefs and restaurants in Bond Park
- Live music from Colorado bands including FireFall at Marys Lake Lodge
- An interactive ice castle with a maze, snow cone ice luge and games for kids
- Cowboy poetry and ghost stories at Craig’s Lodge
- Stargazing at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory
- Plus, a number of great activities including horse carriage and pony rides, fly fishing tours, art gallery walks and much more.
For a complete list and schedule of events check out: www.estesparkwinterfestival.com. These two activity-filled events coupled with one of the below lodging deals, make an Estes Park weekend getaway impossible to resist!
Estes Park Condos: Mention the Winter Festival when you call in your reservation for Jan. 14 – 17 and get 10% off one night, 15% off two nights or 20% off three nights! Stay 2 or more nights and all guests ALSO receive free $5 entry into Festival on Sat. or Sunday! 970-577-0068 www.EstesCondos.com
Bear Paw & Riverstone Resort: The Winter Festival Special includes a riverfront condo with fireplace with $20 off any rate per night for a 2 night stay, and $30 off any rate per night for a 3 night stay. 1-888-234-4747 www.riverstoneresorts.com
Deer Crest Resort: The Winter Lodging Special includes 2 nights, the 2nd night is half price OR, stay 3 nights and the 3rd night is FREE. You must mention Winter Special at the time of booking. 1-800-331-2324 www.deercrestresort.com (Good thru April 30th, 2011.)