Spend a few days (or a few weeks!) on a summer getaway to Estes Park, CO. As the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park offers boundless access to the outdoors, a charming downtown area, and water activities to keep you cool on warm summer days.
The great thing about summer weather in Estes Park is that while temperatures reach the upper 70s, warming up enough to enjoy water activities, it still remains moderate enough to enjoy hiking, climbing, and any other outdoor adventures you’ve been dreaming of. Envision yourself enjoying warm days this summer in Estes Park!
Day 1: Explore the Trails of Rocky Mountain National Park
While Rocky Mountain National Park can be accessed at least in part year-round, the Estes Park summer months bring full accessibility and excellent hiking conditions. Rocky Mountain National Park is home to over 100 trails ranging from difficult summits to easy strolls. Take your pick from the many options convenient to Estes Park, and hit the trail. Seasoned hikers may want to attempt a difficult 14er (a peak exceeding 14,000 feet, of which there are 58 in Colorado), while casual hikers will find a wide variety of attainable options.
Day 2: Cool Off on Lake Estes
Enjoy an Estes Park summer day out on Lake Estes, with the Lake Estes Marina providing all the equipment you’ll need for a day of fun in the sun. The marina store rents kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, canoes, pontoon boats, and rods and reels. Lakes Estes offers four miles of shoreline and 185 surface acres ready to be explored. Spend the day playing along the sandy shoreline, enjoying a relaxing morning fishing, or getting in a great workout while soaking up the scenery as you paddle around the lake.
Day 3: Cycle the Paved Lake Estes Path
A paved, four-mile path encircles Lake Estes, providing a great venue for jogging or biking this summer. The marina offers rental bikes and pedal carts, bringing fun for the whole family. If you’d prefer a scenic route with places to stop along the way, the Estes Park Riverwalk is a great option. This path which runs along the bubbling river winds its way through Estes Park’s downtown, with benches, restaurants, bars, and shops along the way, providing both a scenic stroll and plenty of stop-off points.