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Outdoor Adventure Outside of Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoor Adventure Outside of Rocky Mountain National Park
4 days
Follow the less crowded path in Estes Park. Enjoy this action-packed adventure itinerary, all outside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Put your skills to work at Rocky Mountain Conservancy. There's no better way to show your love for Rocky Mountain National Park than by investing your time and unique skills. Check out Rocky Mountain Conservancy volunteer opportunities here and lend a helping hand.

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Explore the Path Less Traveled:

Roosevelt National Forest surrounds Estes Park where Rocky Mountain National Park does not. It also affords generally less crowded, outdoor opportunities. Dogs are allowed in the national forest, along with mountain bikes and off-road vehicles. The views from national-forest land into the national park are spectacular!

Day 1

Climb a Via Ferrata

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Gain 800 vertical feet on this traditional via ferrata with Kent Mountain Adventure Center.

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Rocky Mountain Deli:

Pick up a sack lunch at Rocky Mountain Deli to eat on the mountain.

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Explore Lake Estes

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Take a cruiser bike, kayak or stand-up paddleboard around Lake Estes. This easy, 3.75-mile, paved loop affords a spectacular view of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Dinner

Antonio's Real New York Pizza

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Antonio's Pizza strives to produce the best tasting pizza possible. Our dough, sauce and mozzarella are made in-house using Antonio's recipes. When taste matters, come to Antonio's! Read More
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Elkins Distilling Co.

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We acknowledge and tip our hats to the men and women who have been making excellent whisky in the Rocky Mountains for hundreds of years. Elkins Distilling is honored to continue that tradition... Read More

Lodging

The Blue Door Inn

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This recently renovated motel is a "step beyond the ordinary" with an outdoor pool, the best wifi in town, a Keurig system in each room, and nightly live music around a campfire. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Notchtop Bakery & Cafe

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Our natural, made from scratch recipes, using organic ingredients when possible, takes a while to prepare. So enjoy the view, read a book, talk to a stranger, or just relax and contemplate life,... Read More
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Head Out on Horseback

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This is not a nose-to-tail ride. Led by the only outfitters permitted to take riders into the Roosevelt National Forest's historic homestead area, visitors will enjoy a more private experience and see homestead cabins dating back to the 1800s.

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Lunch on the Move:

Pick up a to-go sandwich or breakfast burrito at Kind Coffee to eat on the trail.

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Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.

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Our mission is simple: brew, distribute and serve delicious beer in an inspired place where guests will want to return to again and again.

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Dinner

Thai Kitchen

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We are most well known for fresh and delicious Thai cuisines. Read More
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Enjoy an Evening Riverwalk Stroll

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Walk this easy-to-traverse path that runs along a river and has great access to mom-and-pop shops to stretch your legs.
Lodging

The Blue Door Inn

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This recently renovated motel is a "step beyond the ordinary" with an outdoor pool, the best wifi in town, a Keurig system in each room, and nightly live music around a campfire. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Scratch Deli & Bakery

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Scratch Deli & Bakery is dedicated to serving fresh, scratch-made breakfast and lunch. Read More
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Learn to Rock Climb

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Estes Park Rock Climbing's new Little Swiss Alps trip takes you to the top of Prospect Mountain via the aerial tram.

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Climb, then Lunch: The lunchtime meal is provided by Estes Park Rock Climbing.
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Fly-Fishing with Kirk's Fly Shop

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Have fun with an evening hatch fly-fishing trip.
Dinner

Poppy's Pizza & Grill

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Dine next to the Big Thompson River, inside or outside. Enjoy burgers, homemade soups, salad bar, vegetarian, fun beers, wine and pizza!

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Enjoy a Night Out

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Find a live-music venue or hit a game night around town.
Lodging

The Blue Door Inn

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This recently renovated motel is a "step beyond the ordinary" with an outdoor pool, the best wifi in town, a Keurig system in each room, and nightly live music around a campfire. Read More
Day 4
Breakfast

Mountain Home Cafe

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For years, Mountain Home Cafe has been serving breakfast and lunch in Estes Park. It is family owned and operated. And a favorite for locals & visitors! Read More
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Open Air Adventure Park

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Open Air Adventure Park is an aerial adventure park located in Estes Park, CO. We offer 32 challenges at 10 and 21 feet in the air that you can climb over, zip through, and maneuver around. All... Read More

Lunch

Grubsteak

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Juicy steaks, wild game and fantastic burgers in an old west atmosphere! Largest shaded patio. Sunny pub room.

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