Road Trip Leg 13: Estes Park


This next part of your journey is a BEAUTIFUL 1 hour drive from Nederland, 8,288” to Estes Park 7,522”. 

While in Estes, be sure to take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park. This outstanding park is something you’ll have to book under a reservation by visiting this website. Take a drive through the park, picnic or stay for a while and explore. Don’t forget to pack in, pack out and keep your distance respecting the’re bound to see an Elk while in town, so remember, give it space. 



During your stay in Estes Park, the hiking is unbelievable. Consider these waterfall views to make your day. 

  1. Chasm Falls - accessible via the Crystal Lakes Long Loop, Mummy Kill Route, easier routes include the Upper Ute trail out and back and the Ute Trail. The easiest way to get here is on the Beaver Boardwalk. Choose the route that suits you!

  2. Alberta Falls is accessible via Sky Pond, Loch Vale, Best of Bear Lake Area Loop, and Longs Peak Valley Loop

  3. Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascade and Ouzel falls are all along a 5.3 mile loop with 921 feet elevation gain. 

  4. Fern Falls is a longer hike accessible via the Fern Lake Trail 

  5. Timberline Falls 8.3 mile Hike and 1852 elevation gain via the Sky Pond Trail 

  6. Ribbon Falls 9.6 miles via the mills Lake - Black Lake Trail

Take a stroll through the historic downtown and if haunted hotels get your goat visit the Stanley. Famous for an appearance in The Shining, this famously haunted hotel is quite the stop and attraction in this little mountain town. 

Food and fudge are available all around, so don’t forget to find a restaurant suitable for you and your COVID comfort. This eatery guide is a great place to “shop” for your next sit down snack. Enjoy the beauty here, as it's a favorite for many and a quick drive for a day-dream adventure.


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