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    Stanley Hotel

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 9, 2006

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    Famous from Stephin Kings novel "the shining" This beautiful hotel has great views and they have regular tours here on the history of the hotel,estes park, and Ghostly Encounters at the Stanley. We never took the tour, but the hotel is an impressive architecture feature of the town.

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    VISIT BIG RED OF THE ROCKIES IN ESTES PARK

    by Rich62 Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    I AM THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS HUSKER SHIRT.
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    This could be one of the most unusual stores in America. It is a sports store devoted to the University of Nebraska. Nothing special about that, except that it is in the middle of Colorado! However, The Huskers have such a strong following that the store has prospered in Estes Park for years.

    The owner is Jesse Kosch, former kicker for the Husker football team and proud owner of three national championship rings.

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    Horseback Riding

    by AVG2319 Written Sep 1, 2006

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    Horseback Riding at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Gorgeous scenary. and one of the few places i found that allowed you to double up an adult with a small child. Would go a warmer time of year next time though.

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  • Drive the Rocky Mountains

    by tkolik Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Take the driving trail through the Rocky Mountains to the Alpine Visitor Center. There are plenty of pull-offs to enjoy the different views. The views are absolutely breath taking! Depending on how many times you stop for views and photos, the round trip can take anywhere from 3-5 hours. Although the roads are paved, there are little to no guard rails, so drive safely. Dress in layers too, since the temparatures drop significantly up in the mountains. It cost us $20 for the park entrance fee (good for 7 days) and it was worth every penny.

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    Easier But VERY Scenic Hikes in RMNP

    by Shaken_Bake Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    Dream Lake, June 2005

    OK, I admit it, I'm not the fittest hiker to set my sneakered foot upon a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Nevertheless, I've found a wide variety of trails that are well worth getting out of the car and walking for a short time to see some the spectacular beauty that this mountain park has to offer. It won't kill you, no matter how much fudge you ate in Estes Park!

    The most bang for the buck (i.e., scenery vs. difficulty) is the trail around Sprague Lake, off Bear Lake Road. The trail is completely level and well maintained, about a mile around the lake. The lake is home to many ducks and other birds; you can even see the trout in the clear water streams that feed into the lake! As you get further around, look behind you at the magnificent vista of Hallett Peak - the reflection of the peak on the water gives some of the best photo opportunities in the park. The golden aspen color in the fall makes the scene even more beautiful.

    Another trail that take more effort, but is not impossible for the fitness-challenged, is a hike to The Loch, with a nice rest stop at Alberta Falls. The trail starts at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and is very popular with hikers. It is a moderate uphill climb for some of the trip, but the reward at the end of the 2.7 mile trails is a spectacular view of a mountain lake and snowcapped peaks around it.

    The Bear Lake area has a variety of trails of varying length and difficulty. Some of the popular destinations are Bear Lake (0.5 mile), Nymph Lake (0.5 miles), Dream Lake (1.1 miles) and Emerald Lake (1.8 miles). Our family hiked to Dream Lake in June and it was still covered in snow, which made it even more incredible to see.

    If you're coming from the "flatlands" to visit the Park, be sure to take it easy upon arrival to allow yourself time to acclimate to the altitude. Drink lots of water and rest if you get a headache. Take one of these easy hikes at first, but, by all means, get out of the car and really enjoy the beauty of one the best national parks in the world!

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    Hiking

    by malianrob Written Dec 20, 2005

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    There are quit a few trails in both the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park and they are highly recommended. There is just so much you can see from the road so its nice to venture out and explore. Some trails like the Sprague Lake Nature Trail is wheel chair accessible. If you are backpacking and plan to stay overnight you will need a permit. for more ino you can call 970-586-1242.

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    The Rocky Mountains

    by malianrob Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    From Estes Park, its just a short drive to The Rocky Mountains. In fact the town sits at the entrance to the Park. I cant remember what the entrance fee was but if you save your receipt it is good all week long. We actually went through the Rocky Mountains on Trail Ridge Road to get to the other side and go to Steamboat Springs. The drive was nice. the landscape was beautiful and if youre lucky you might get to see elk, deer, or other wildlife.
    Check out my Rocky Mountains travelogues for more pictures on this beautiful place.

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    Estes Park Museum

    by malianrob Written Dec 19, 2005

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    The museum is a nice place to find out alittle more about this cozy little town. You can get information on the different Indian tribes that are originally from this area (the Ute, Shoshone, and the Comanche). You can also see some artifacts from the 1800's and learn about life in Estes Park in those days.

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    Visit the Stanley

    by sophiebeans Written Nov 15, 2005

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    The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration behind Stephen King's novel "The Shining." The TV mini-series adaptation was actually filmed there. But much more than that, it is a beautiful and welcoming place to visit, even if you are not officially checked-in.

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    Enjoy the views

    by OlenaKyiv Written Aug 18, 2005
    WOW!!!

    Did you go through all shops? Did you just have a good lunch and have in your mind no idea what to do?

    SIT down on the bench and enjoy views!!! I think this activity must be among the most important and planed activities for which you go to Estes Park

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    Rent a horse

    by OlenaKyiv Written Aug 18, 2005
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    Estes Park is the heaven for horse riders, from beginner and to advanced. There are nice horses of different sizes, colors and, I believe, tempers. There are speciall trails for horse riding. Also some farms offers something like breakfast horse riding.

    I tell you the truth I didn't try riding because that moment I had my TREK and I was afraid it would have become jelous, so I left this idea for later.

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    Take A Horseback Ride

    by Jewelslover Written May 15, 2005

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    Me Riding Horseback

    Riding on horseback is a nice way to see some scenery. There are several stables around Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains that will take you into the park. You can take a short 1 hour ride or as long as a day or two ride.

    We went through Sombrero Stables near the KOA campground where we were staying in cabins.

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    Estes Park Brewery

    by Jehcekah Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Estes Park Brewery

    I am not a beer drinker, but my husband is. I am not often enthusiastic about visiting breweries, but my husband is. This is why I was dragged to Estes Park Brewery, only to surprisingly have a great time!

    The brewery offers free tasting of their beers if you are over 21. I believe we tasted about 7 or 8 beers all together. They included Long's Peak Raspberry Wheat, Stinger Wild Honey Wheat, Estes Park Gold, Trail Ridge Red, Estes Park Porter, Samson Stout, and their IPA. The bartender told us that their Hefeweizen was available in the beer garden bar. We gave him $1 each for a tip and went up to the beer garden for our favorites. I really enjoyed the Raspberry Wheat and my husband wanted to try to Hefeweizen. We had a couple small glasses of each.

    The brewery also offers tours of their facilities during the daytime and the inside of the brewery is visable from the stairs up to the beer garden.

    There is a full-menu restaurant and a full-bar in the beer garden area. Also, in warmer months, you can sit outside on a large patio that has a spectacular view of the mountains.

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    Smell the air

    by Packerman Written Sep 27, 2003

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    Blue, Beige, & Green

    The air is so fresh when it is not tampered by man. I really wish men and women would take care of this earth better. We really need to say no to sacrificing our land to making a profit. SMELL the wonderful clean pine filled air. Take some deep breaths! Stretch out your arms and just partake in what God has made for you!

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    Snowtop Mountains

    by Packerman Written Sep 27, 2003
    It is cold up there

    I remember when my family went out to Colorado in 1984 and I was just a kid with my younger sister. We had so much fun in the middle of summer throwing snowballs at each other. I think I had more fun because I was bigger, and still am.

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