19 of Best Things to Do in Estes Park, Colorado

Because of its proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, Estes Park is an easy destination to travel to, no matter where you’re coming from!

We discovered some local favorites and hidden gems. Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Estes Park, Colorado.

During this 3-hour tour you’ll get to watch an early morning sunrise, find the best places to hike, see wildlife and take epic photos.

1. Sunrise tour of Rocky Mountain National Park

It’s the perfect tour for families with older adults or small children. Plus, you don’t have to worry about heights or exerting yourself at high altitude.

2. Estes Park Lower Valley

ElkFest always falls during rutting season for the elk, which is usually late September through early October.

3. ElkFest & elk rutting season

Join a small group at a local painting studio and leave with a beautiful piece of art to commemorate your trip.

4. Acrylic painting class

The remnants of both buildings can be toured and explored by the public. You can access the Birch Ruins from MacGregor Avenue or Elkhorn Avenue, the town’s main street.

5. The Birch Ruins

The Estes Park Riverwalk cuts through downtown and follows along the Big Thompson River.

6. Estes Park Downtown & Riverwalk

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