The best time to visit Estes Park is ANY time. Different seasons in Estes Park provide different temperatures, different scenery, different events, and different types of animals to see.

The summer is definitely the most popular time for tourists to visit Estes Park. The temperature can reach into the nineties (Fahrenheit) during the days, but the nights are always cool and pleasant. Summer is the time of year when a variety of wildlife can be observed while hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park, or even in the parking lot of the many hotels, motels, lodges and cabins in the area.

During the fall season, the scenery is beautiful with all of the leaves and foliage changing colors. Shades of yellows, oranges and reds are abundant and the weather tends to be consistently cool. This is the time of year when the bighorn sheep can be seen frequently.  If you are an early morning person and love elk, viewing them in early October before the sun rises is the best way to hear their mating calls that sound like  bugles.  It is definitely an experience you won't soon forget.

The winters in Estes Park can be cold and snowy, but the snow provides a great opportunity to sled, hike or snowshoe outside of town. This is also a great time of year to view wildlife in its natural habitat.

Springtime usually comes with heavy, wet snow but the temperatures can range from cold to pleasantly cool. This is the time of year when baby animals can be seen hopping around as well as buds and flowers on the many trees in the area.