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AREA GEAR SHOPS rent equipment for cross-country skiing, alpine touring, downhill skiing and snowboarding.

STEP IT UP A NOTCH

FISHING: With the Big
Thompson River running
right through the village, Lake
Estes to the east, Fall River
to the west and several other
nearby blueways, anglers find
many places to cast a line.
Flyfishers and spin casters
often catch trout-rainbows
and browns. In Rocky

moderate

HORSEBACK RIDING:
Somehow the scenery just
seems better from the back
of a horse, so saddle up. Area
wranglers lead rides from one
hour to overnight. Some even
offer breakfast or steak dinner
rides. Others guide pack trips
to remote lakes and streams.
Or, if you brought your own
horse, you may ride trails in
Roosevelt National Forest
or follow select routes in the
national park.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING:
Head into the national park
to find pristine conditions
for cross-country skiing.
Trails near Sprague Lake are
often suitable as is the higher

AFTER AN AFTERNOON OF SLEDDING at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National
Park, warm up with some hot cocoa in town.

i am estes

ACTIVITY DIFFICULTY:
MILD

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A favorite area of
mine is Wild Basin. It
boasts quality snow,
quiet trails and frozen
waterfalls; it's snowshoeing at its best.
WILD

-Monica Meyers, snowshoer
and innkeeper, Gold Leaf Inn

section of Trail Ridge Road
that is closed to motorists in
the winter.
PICKLEBALL: Easy on joints
and good for athletes of all
abilities, pickleball is played
on a badminton-sized court
with a plastic whiffle ball
and wooden paddles. Play on
courts at Stanley Park or at
the Estes Valley Community
Center; equipment is
available from the Estes
Valley Recreation and
Park District.
YOGA: Both a physical and
spiritual exercise, yoga fits
beautifully into a mountain
setting. Find balance while
practicing on your own in a
quiet spot outdoors, or learn
something new while taking
a class with a local instructor.

Clockwise from top: Visit Estes Park/James Frank, SHutterstock, Visit Estes Park/James Frank

OUTDOOR

SNOWSHOEING: Easily
accessed trails, notably the
ones to Emerald Lake or Mills
Lake inside Rocky Mountain
National Park, make the area
a trekking paradise. Plus,
the activity is easy to do: If
you can hike, then you can
snowshoe. Didn't bring gear?
No problem. Local sports
shops rent snowshoes, poles
and boots. EASY, MODERATE,
CHALLENGING, DIFFICULT

Mountain National Park,
special fishing regulations
exist. For example, if you
snag a threatened greenback
cutthroat, you must release it.


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