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Things To Do In Estes Park

Best Things To Do In Estes Park

Are you staying in Estes Park and want to know the best things to do during your stay here? As an Estes Park Lodging company we know the best things to get the most out of your stay in this beautiful area.

There are countless amazing things to do in Estes Park. Below we’ve listed our top recommendations of things to do.

We created separate pages for the best hiking trails and another page for restaurants in Estes Park.

View the calendar below for the top events in Estes Park throughout the year. 


  • Estes Park Winter Festival


  • Rails in the Rockies
  • Wine & Chocolate Festival


  • Whiskey Warm Up
  • Frozen Dead Guy Days of Nederland


  • Stanley Film Festival


  • Estes Park Duck Race Festival
  • Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
  • Memorial Day Art Market
  • Mountain Music Festival
  • Opening of Trail Ridge Road (based on weather)


  • Jazz Fest and the Western Fine Art Show
  • Wool Market & Fiber Festival
  • Estes Park Marathon & Races
  • Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
  • Performance Park Summer Concert & Movie Series


  • 4th of July Weekend Celebration & Car Show
  • Rooftop Rodeo & Parade
  • Performance Park Summer Concert & Movie Series


  • Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K
  • Estes Park Wine Festival
  • Plein Air Rockies Outdoor Painting Festival
  • Performance Park Summer Concert & Movie Series


  • Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Show
  • Estes Epic
  • Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival & Parade
  • Autumn Gold Festival
  • Elk Fest
  • Performance Park Concert & Movie Series


  • Vintage Market Days
  • Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival
  • Whiskey Summit
  • Downtown Halloween Block Party


  • Fall Back Beer Festival
  • Concerts at The Stanley Hotel
  • Catch the Glow Parade & Celebration
  • Opening Weekend Eldora Ski Resort


  • Tinsel Tavern Tour
  • Santa on the Snow Eldora Ski Resort

Local Attractions

The Estes Park calendar is often filled with lively, charming events and festivals. In the summer months, enjoy the weekly farmers market and frequent craft fairs downtown. It’s to a dazzling 4th of July fireworks display, the annual Rooftop Rodeo, vintage antique markets, outdoor concerts, beer festivals, and (our favorite) the renowned Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival! Have some good old-fashioned fun with miniature golf, go-karts, a trip down the historic Big Slide, or an aerial tram ride to the top of Prospect Mountain. Knowledgeable front desk staff can provide advice on the nearby National Park and exciting outdoor activities to help you make the most of your stay.  Sample several of our local craft breweries and distilleries, take a wagon or sleigh ride through the woods and top off your evening with a live Western Stage Show or drinks at the historic Cascades Whiskey Bar.
When things get colder – well, it doesn’t slow down much. Be a part of the downtown Halloween trick-or-treating block party, catch candy from passing floats in our Holiday Glow Parade, or attend the Whiskey Warm Up. Try snowshoeing or ice climbing for the first time, and skate your way around a frozen pond. If downhill skiing is your thing, Eldora Mountain Resort makes for a perfect day trip out of The Landing. You’ll never forget an evening of stargazing in the National Park.

Want to know more? This link provides an extensive guide for Estes Park Events, Dining, Maps, and Daily Happenings. It’s a fantastic resource!

The Landing is proudly located just 2 miles from the main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Featuring majestic mountain views, crystal clear lakes, a variety of wildlife, and varied climates from wooded forests to mountain tundra, this 415 square miles of protected land is truly an American treasure. The Park is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


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  4. June 14, 2023

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article! It provided an incredible and refreshing perspective on the multitude of activities available in Estes Park. The detailed descriptions and captivating imagery truly transported me to this picturesque destination. I particularly appreciated how the article highlighted lesser-known attractions and hidden gems, offering readers a chance to explore beyond the usual tourist spots. The writer’s passion for Estes Park was evident, and their recommendations were both practical and exciting. This article has undoubtedly fueled my enthusiasm to visit Estes Park and explore all the remarkable experiences it has to offer. Thank you for sharing this delightful piece!

  5. July 26, 2023

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