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Estes Park Hotel

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park

Majestic Beauty


Theres nothing quite like a mountain view and a breath of crisp air to set you right again. And thats exactly what youll get when you visit Estes Park, a gateway to the natural wonders Rocky Mountain National Park. Take in dizzying peaks, explore gorgeous hiking trails, and catch a glimpse of some truly amazing wildlife, all here in the heart of this majestic national forest. Sweeping mountain vistas will greet you from all directions, whether youre sipping your morning coffee or strapping on your snowshoes. When youre ready to be refreshed and renewed, this is a little slice of heaven.

Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park

Some of the best hiking in the country lies within Rocky Mountain National Park, from easy beginner trails to mountaineering expeditions. Visitors often flock to areas like Bear Lake, Dream Lake, or the Ute Trail for soothing vistas that dont require much exertion. Some easy to moderate trails include Emerald Lake, Kruger Rock, and Nymph Lake, with many trails in the area converging on other trailheads. For more experienced hikers, the views at Ouzel Falls, Loch Lake, Chasm Lake, and Mount Ida are worth the investment. Check with the Blue Door Inn front desk for ample trail maps and books.

Alpine Visitor Center

Grab yourself some fresh coffee and take a scenic drive up to the world-famous Alpine Visitor Center, one of the most popular things to do in the Rocky Mountains. At the top of Trail Ridge Road, this destination is fun and educational for the whole family and is typically open from late May to mid-October each year. For high-altitude views (bring supplemental oxygen if needed, sea-level folks or conveniently available at the Blue Door Inn front desk), Colorado history, geology, meteorology, and more, this is the place to visit. Guided tours and talks are available, or you can wander around yourself, grab something from the snack bar, or peruse the unique items in the gift shop.

Winter Sports

During the winter months, the crowds are gone from Estes Park, but the excitement is alive and well. For adventure-loving travelers looking for things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park, some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and sledding await you in this majestic winter playground. Backcountry skiing and alpine touring options attract some of the greatest athletes and adrenaline junkies around. Even if youre not up for anything daring, there is still plenty to do in the snow. Beautiful, snow-capped views are available for your personal wonderment as you navigate snowshoeing paths, hiking trails, and sledding hills throughout the Rockies. Many stops throughout the park offer restrooms, water fountains, and even warming rooms that are open year-round, so you can stay comfy no matter how cold it is.

When you're planning to visit and are interested in things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park, be sure to book your stay with the Blue Door Inn and enjoy our comprehensive list of amenities. Stay at a place that believes in being a step beyond ordinary, whether you're resting for your next adventure or trekking the tallest peaks.