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PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE
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Enjoy a leisurely lunch in town at one of the
picnic sites found on the trail that rings Lake
Estes. Cherokee Draw on the south side of the
lake offers restrooms, a picnic pavilion and a
nearby parking area.

Venture into the national park and claim a spot
at one of the picnic tables at Endovalley, Sprague
Lake, Hollowell Park, Upper Beaver Meadows,
Lily Lake, Lawn Lake, Tuxedo Park, Wild Basin
or the Longs Peak Ranger Station.

SIGHTSEEING
Grab a pair of binoculars and
a camera, and start up Trail
Ridge Road. Pull over and get
out at scenic stops, such as
Hidden Valley, Many Parks
Curve and the Alpine Visitor
Center to learn more about the
land above timberline. Walk
on tundra paths and enjoy the
view from 12,000 feet.

Soak in the beauty of the
Rockies on a loop from Estes
Park to casino-centric Central
City and Blackhawk (where you
can tempt lady luck), to U.S.
Highway 6 through Clear Creek
Canyon to Golden. Take State
Highway 93 north to Boulder.
Here, pick up U.S. Highway 36
and follow it back to Estes Park.

Spend a day touring sights from
Estes Park to Denver (Union
Station, Mile High Stadium,
Coors Field, the Molly Brown
House), and then to Morrison
and Red Rocks Amphitheater
(maybe catch a concert). Loop
back to Estes Park via Nederland on state highways 72 and 7,
aka the Peak to Peak Highway.

Explore all the joys of village
shopping-from Performance
Park on W. Elkhorn Ave. east to
the Visitor Center.

Browse downtown, take time
for a leisurely lunch, and then
drive to more shops on Moraine
Avenue and U.S. Highway 34.

SHOPPING
Hit the highlights of
Elkhorn Avenue, stopping
into boutiques and sampling
a sweet treat.
SCENIC DRIVES
Enjoy an easy drive any time of day, but mornings
and evenings are spectacular on this route that
cruises past the old ranchlands of the Estes Valley,
including historic MacGregor Ranch. Don't miss
the view of Twin Owls rock formation while
driving Devils Gulch Rd, aka County Highway
43. Follow it toward Crosier Mountain and Glen
Haven. Stay on County Highway 43, following
the North Fork of the Big Thompson River to
Drake. Pick up U.S. Highway 34 and parallel the
waterway's main channel back into Estes Park.

Leave Estes Park on U.S. Highway 36 and
head toward Lyons, a funky small town bisected
by S. Saint Vrain Creek. Turn south toward
Boulder, and then turn west on Lefthand
Canyon Dr. Steer along backroads to Jamestown
and Raymond. Pick up State Highway 7 and
spin through Roosevelt National Forest toward
Allenspark and the eastern edge of Rocky
Mountain National Park. You pass Longs Peak,
Mt. Meeker and the Chapel on the Rock at St.
Malo on your way back to Estes Park.

AMUSEMENTS
Test your mental mettle as you swing across
moving logs and rope bridges slung from
heights that give you an eagle-eye view of the
surrounding landscape.

Swoosh down giant slides, race go-karts,
collide in bumper boats or bumper cars,
play miniature golf and reach for the sky on
bungee trampolines.

PHOTO SAFARI
Click away right in town to capture images of
dramatic mountains, the occasional animal and
picturesque village scenes.

Let a guide show you how to better use your
camera, plus the best spots for capturing your
best shots.

BOATING
Launch your own kayak or canoe on a lake in
the national park, or rent watercraft from the
Lake Estes Marina for a short excursion.
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Grab your fishing gear and pack a picnic and
your favorite locally crafted beverage for a halfday on a pontoon boat.

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