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ESSENTIALS

COMING UP ROSES

Estes Park earns awards for its attention to
landscaping and flowers.

Colorado's
Original
Playground
1873

Isabella Bird climbs Longs Peak and
chronicles her visit to Estes Park in
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
Her words inspire others to come visit.

1884

Enos Mills arrives in Estes Park and begins touting
the region's beauty. He lobbies for developing
national parks and is recognized as the father of
Rocky Mountain National Park.

1905

Sam'l Service General Merchandise provides all
the goods visitors need to enjoy the area.

1915

ESTES PARK takes its beauty seriously. Meticulous care is given to the
town's green spaces, to its floral displays and to its storefronts. And it
shows. Throughout spring, summer and fall, downtown bursts with
color amid carefully-and creatively-planned landscapes. A vintage
wheelbarrow planted with red geraniums and posed outside a shop
gives admirers pause. Beside a lodging property, oversized wooden
planters overflow with pink, yellow and white flowers. Even the woodwork outside a spa adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the town. All
that effort is earning nods, not just from residents and guests, but also
from America in Bloom, a nationwide program dedicated to promoting
beautification and community involvement through the use of flowers,
plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.
In its first year of participation, Estes Park earned three national
America in Bloom awards: nationwide winner among towns with a
population of 4,001-7,000 residents, outstanding achievement for
"Landscaped Areas," and a special award for "Most Effective Use of Bold
Foliage." It earned recognition again in 2014, 2015 and 2016. As a result
of the town's continued efforts, Estes Park also has landed a spot among
the organization's Circle of Champions.
Last year, Estes Park earned top honors among that group in the
mid-sized population category after America in Bloom judges visited
and evaluated the town on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped
areas and floral displays. Additionally, the town won an award for "Best
Use of Planters in the Landscape," sponsored by Crescent Garden, and
received a five-bloom rating out of a possible five blooms and special
recognition for its landscaped areas.
As America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said of the
participating towns, including Estes Park, "These are, without a doubt,
some of the best places to live in America."
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Rocky Mountain National Park is
designated a national park.

1917

ESTES PARK
IS OFFICIALLY
INCORPORATED.
1920

Hotels, including the Josephine, begin to line
Elkhorn Avenue as visitors flock to town,
especially during July 4th.

1950s

The dude ranch era comes to Estes Park as
Americans become interested in cowboy culture,
such as horseback riding and square dancing.

Ever since, Estes Park has been a hub of
hospitality, welcoming people wishing to explore
the great outdoors and admire pristine lands.


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