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There are no restaurants within the park. Beaver Meadows and Fall River Visitor's center have concessionaires, but, other than that, the only restaurants you'll find are in nearby Estes Park.
Rather than take the time to go to a restaurant, take advantage of the picnic areas provided, such as this one in Moraine Park. Its far better to enjoy a meal surrounded by this scenery than the tourist melee that greets you in Estes Park.
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Updated Apr 4, 2011
Rocky Mountain National Park has a fair sized gateway town in Estes Park so if you are in the eastern portion of the park, you can head over there for a meal or a drink in the evening. On my trip in 1994, I visited Estes Park Brewery and it's a no frills kind of place that serves typical pub grub and run-of-the-mill micobrews made on the premises.
On the our most recent visit in 2008, we preferred to spend the limited time we had in the park, well in the park. Moraine Park Campground was amazing that September, not overly busy except for elk bugling and wandering around. Our spot was on a little hilltop and we loved not only having meals there but also hanging out and having a few local beers right in the midst of nature.
Favorite Dish: Cheese is a great thing to keep in your cooler. It keeps well and goes with just about anything. It goes particularly well with beer, another staple in our cooler. We like to stock up on beers from small breweries while traveling around the US, especially ones we can't get back home. La Folie was a real trophy beer. This Rodenbach Grand Cru clone is very tart and refreshing and offsets a nice brie or cheddar well.
Updated Dec 22, 2009