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Boulder and North Central Colorado Travel Guide

Estes Park

The vast scenery on the U.S. 36 approach to Estes Park gives little hint of the grandeur to come, but if ever there was a classic picture-postcard Rockies view, Estes Park has it. The town sits at an altitude of more than 7,500 feet, in front of a stunning backdrop of 14,255-foot Longs Peak, the majestic Stanley Hotel, and surrounding mountains. The town itself is family-oriented and very kitschy,

with lots of stores selling Western-themed trinkets, sweets, and regional toys for the kids. Many of the small businesses and hotels lining the roads are mom-and-pop outfits that have been passed down through several generations. Estes Park is also the most popular gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park (aka RMNP, home to the world-famous Trail Ridge Road), which is a few miles down the road.

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