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Winter Roamin' in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park

Winter Roamin' in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park
3 days
Avoid lift lines and I-70 traffic by exploring snow sports in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. There are no ski lifts, but there is an abundance of snowshoeing, splitboarding, backcountry skiing, fat biking and ice climbing. And the powder can't be beat!

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local: There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.
Day 1
Activity

Estes Park Mountain Shop

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Find all the gear you need for your next Rocky Mountain adventure at the Estes Park Mountain Shop. Since 1986, we have offered equipment, apparel, rentals, guided trips and instruction for all... Read More

Insider's Tip

Rent Your Snowshoes & Head for the Hills:

Tackle Lumpy Ridge Loop via snowshoe. You can stop and turn around at Gem Lake for a 3-mile trek or go all the way around for a 10.7-mile workout.

Lunch

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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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

Latitude 105 Alehouse

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Think you know burgers? Think again. There may be some folks out there who believe if you've had one hamburger, you've had them all, but we'd be willing to bet darn near anything those folks... Read More

Lodging

The Ridgeline Hotel - Estes Park

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A number of unique and enticing perks sets The Ridgeline apart from other local and area hotels. Take a dip in our heated Indoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub, with a giant 180-inch projector screen... Read More

Insider's Tip

S'mores Before Bed: The Ridgeline Hotel has fire pits just waiting for your crew to get their s'mores on. All the ingredients are included in your stay, so you just have to show up to get your hands sticky and your belly full.
Day 2
Breakfast

Claire's On the Park

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Feast on one of their legendary breakfasts (green chili huevos rancheros, anyone?) while taking in the views from their scenic patio. Claire's is set apart by their emphasis on using the... Read More

Activity

Kent Mountain Adventure Center

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32 years experience teaching rock climbing, mountaineering, splitboarding and backcountry skiing. We take more that 1,800 people each year on their first outdoor climbing/backcountry skiing/etc.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Let Kent Mountain Adventure Center Take You For a Ride: Check out KMAC's splitboarding or backcountry ski schools. These programs last about 8 hours, so be sure to pack a picnic lunch before you head out for this full day of learning and winter excitement.
Dinner

The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern

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Built in 1937 as a dance hall for the Big Band Era, The Rock Inn continues to be a lively gathering place with local flair. 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 Ridgeline Hotel - Estes Park

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A number of unique and enticing perks sets The Ridgeline apart from other local and area hotels. Take a dip in our heated Indoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub, with a giant 180-inch projector screen... Read More

Day 3
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
Activity

Estes Park Mountain Shop

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Find all the gear you need for your next Rocky Mountain adventure at the Estes Park Mountain Shop. Since 1986, we have offered equipment, apparel, rentals, guided trips and instruction for all... Read More

Insider's Tip

Get Outfitted for Fat Biking:

Let the Estes Park Mountain Shop hook you up with fat bikes (regular mountain bikes with fat tires that help you ride atop the snow). Ask the experts there for the best place to hit the trails while you're there, or try A Short Homestead Tour.

Lunch

Ed's Cantina & Grill

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Our diverse and flavorful menu provides customers with delicious Mexican and American fare. You'll find the comfortable, warm restaurant filled with a crowd as diverse as our menu. 

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Activity

Elements of Touch Wellness Spa & River Retreat

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Nestled beside tall trees along a flowing river is Elements of Touch. Celebrating their 25th year in Estes treating tourists and locals alike from a 30-minute stress-buster massage to full... Read More

Dinner

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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Activity

Walk Elkhorn Avenue

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Stroll the shops, galleries, restaurants and sweet shops along Estes Park's main street, lined with many rustic, timber-framed buildings. These independent businesses are the perfect place to find unique souvenirs of your trip.
Lodging

The Ridgeline Hotel - Estes Park

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A number of unique and enticing perks sets The Ridgeline apart from other local and area hotels. Take a dip in our heated Indoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub, with a giant 180-inch projector screen... Read More