Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado is a mountain town that sits on the Eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The town is filled with tourists visiting throughout the year, especially in the summer months, but the vibrant local community outshines the tourist attractions. Estes Park offers everything from a local school system, hospital, grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, art, library, festivals, and of course plenty of outdoor activities.

What Airport is near Estes Park, Colorado?

The Denver International Airport is located at 8500 Peña Blvd. Denver, CO. If you are flying in, there are several rental car companies that operate from the airport. There are also shuttles that run from the Denver airport to Estes Park. Estes Park is approximately an 1.5 hour drive from Denver, Colorado (depending on traffic).

Estes park transit

Once you are in Estes Park, there are free seasonal shuttles available both in the town of Estes Park as well as in Rocky Mountain National Park. For entrance into the national park, you will need to purchase a pass even if you are riding the shuttle.

Top Shops in Estes Park

If you enjoy shopping, downtown Estes Park has a lot of great little shops. A few of my favorites include:

  1. Trendz boutique: I look through this shop each time I come to Estes Park for home decor, fashion, jewelry, candles and gifts.
  2. Mary Jane’s boutique: We look through this shop for kids gifts, home decor, fashion, jewelry and gifts.
  3. Macdonald Bookshop: This is a historic bookstore with an expansive selection of books and helpful service.
Reading my the fireplace at Macdonald Bookshop in Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park Restaurant Reviews

Notchtop Bakery – This is located near Safeway grocery store. We enjoy their pancakes, oatmeal and other breakfast items.

Trailhead Restaurant – We typically go for hot chocolate and warm cinnamon rolls after a hike with the kids, but they have a full menu and great views!

Scratch Deli – We love ordering ahead and taking one of their amazing (enormous) sandwiches to-go for lunch.

Ed’s Cantina & Grille – Mexican food located on the Riverwalk, they have outside seating available.

Poppy’s Pizza & Grill – Great pizza and vast selection of beer can be found downtown Estes Park on the Riverwalk. They have outdoor seating which fills up pretty quickly.

Mama Rose’s – Italian food located on the Riverwalk. For a treat, my daughter likes to get a flight of different flavors of milk. Both girls also love spaghetti.

Dunraven Inn – Unique date night. It’s located outside of main downtown area (which is nice on busy weekends).

Rainbow over Poppy’s Pizza & Grill

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