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4 Seasons in Focus
ESSENTIALS

Estes Park is beautiful all year long.

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WINTER

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

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WITH TOTAL ANNUAL snowfall in town averaging about
33 inches, getting around the
village is easy. Sidewalks are
kept clear, and every street in
town is well-plowed to make
driving easy. More snow falls
at the higher elevations inside
Rocky Mountain National
Park, so skiers, snowshoers
and sledders at Hidden Valley
find plenty of powder, particularly in March and April
when accumulation reaches
36 inches or more in the national park. And if you want
to golf, the town's nine-hole
course often is snow-free.

MELTING SNOW pours off stony
ledges, creating impressive
waterfalls that gush from deep
cirques and talus peaks. Wild
Basin and Glacier Gorge afford
the highest concentration of
cascades, but the national
park offers other sights as well.
Watch as bear cubs follow their
mothers through budding
trees. Lanky elk calves find
their legs. Hikers spy showy
purple-and-yellow pasque
flowers, and the landscape
turns into a postcard-perfect
scene of snowcapped
mountains edged by emerald
meadows and azure skies.

WITH SCHOOL OUT and a
rise in temperature, folks are
active. Trails are clear and
dry. The village buzzes with
festivals, live music, a Thursday Farmer's Market and a
First Friday Art Groove. Everywhere, it seems, something is
happening! Climb Trail Ridge
Road in a bike saddle or in
the driver's seat and cross the
Continental Divide. Ride a
horse into Roosevelt National
Forest. Or, simply relax next to
the babbling Fall River or the
Big Thompson River, where
you could catch a rainbow
trout to grill for dinner.

KNOWN AS COLORADO'S gold
season, autumn descends,
turning aspen leaves yellow.
When the sun catches in
them, they seem to glow,
particularly when framed
by cerulean skies. In Estes
Park, anglers know there's a
fall hatch, which makes it an
ideal time to cast a line in one
of the area rivers. Bugling elk
add to the season's adventures. Their shrill calls herald
the rut, or breeding season,
when bulls fight each other
to protect their harems, all in
plain sight of onlookers.

WHAT'S NEW
CALLING ALL
CLIMBERS!
Check out the new
outdoor climbing
wall behind the
stage at Performance Park. It's
challenging enough
to warrant climbing
lessons, which are available if you
want them. Read more about
one visitor's experience at www.
visitestespark.com/blog/post/
go-now-wintery-outdoor-familyadventures-in-estes-park-colorado.

PARKING WITH A VIEW
The new Estes Park Transit Facility
Parking Structure, located off
of U.S Highway 34 at 691 N. St.
Vrain Ave., puts guests within
easy access of both the Estes
Park Visitor Center and the
free shuttles operating during the summer and on select
days throughout the year. The
structure, intended to make
public parking accessible and
free in Estes Park, also is earning
attention for the excellent views
afforded from its top level.

PIKAS IN
THE PARK
Can you find
the pikas dotting Estes Park?
Pikas in the Park, a recently
developed scavenger hunt, encourages kids and
adults to tour downtown while keeping their eyes
open for the dozen bronze sculptures of the small,
mountain-dwelling creatures. Guests can download an activity guide from www.VisitEstesPark.com
and then begin the hunt. Learn nuggets of town
history and educational tidbits about pikas. Once
you have found all 12, stop by the Estes Park
Visitor Center to claim your Pika Finder button
and prove your pika-spying prowess.

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