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Skiing near Estes Park

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Skiing near Estes Park

My husband will be staying in Estes Park in March 2014. We would like to go skiing on our trip. What is the closest ski area to Estes Park? Also, we love the outdoors and exploring our surroundings. From fairs, markets, any outdoor excursions and just fun stuff to do. Can you give us any suggestions for our visit? We will be there a week. Is it worth taking the drive to Boulder or Denver to check out the cities or better to stay local and enjoy the outdoors? Please give me some advice so I can plan accordingly.


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1. Re: Skiing near Estes Park

The closest ski area is Eldora just outside of Nederland - a little more than an hour drive: www.Eldora.com

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2. Re: Skiing near Estes Park

March is traditionally Colorado's snowiest month so check www.cotrip.org for road conditions, even view live webcams in some locations by clicking on the camera icons on the road conditions map.

Things to do for March for Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park--

Music, art exhibits and other events for the time of your visit will be listed at www.visitestespark.com

Be sure to download the Estes Park Happenings under the events tab at that site during the week of your visit. Also pick up a free copy of the Estes Park News from the Estes Park Visitor Center for restaurant specials and other information.

Snowshoeing and hiking--there will be snowshoeing almost for sure in the Bear Lake area. Hiking at lower elevations will depend on snowfall and weather. No special skill other than being able to walk is needed for snowshoeing. You can rent what you need from Estes Park Mountain Shop or Warming House for about $10 a day. RMNP rangers lead beginning snowshoe hikes through about the third week in March. The park newspaper which you can download closer to time for your trip will have details. Check the park newspaper and with the rangers at the RMNP Beaver Meadows Visitor Center for other ranger programs. www.nps.gov/romo

Trail Ridge Road will be open to Many Parks Curve and all other main roads in RMNP will be plowed and open. Closed side roads and the closed section of Trail Ridge Road are great places to walk. March is a excellent time to see wildlife (elk, big horn sheep, deer, moose, fox, coyote, wild turkeys, etc.) You might want to book a wiidlife safari or other guided tour in RMNP. Yellow Wood Guiding and others can take care of you.

Horseback riding is available year round from Sombrero. Jackson Stables resumes trail rides in March. www.jacksonstables.com


People enjoy the historic and ghostly Stanley Hotel tours.


Snowy Peaks Winery is a popular tour and tasting as well. The Estes Park Museum is worth a visit. www.estes.org/museum

Make a appointment to see Enos Mills Cabin and Museum.


Stop by or call ahead to Eagle Plume's near Allenspark.


Depending on the weather and snow, sledding is fun at Hidden Valley in RMNP.

Fishing, ice fishing, golfing with the elk (they love the golf course), biking, rock climbing, bowling, a night at the movies - all are options depending on the weather in Estes Park.

Day trips from Estes--

Fort Collins for brewery tours and Old Town. Old Town Fort Collins was the inspiration for Main Street USA at Disneyland. The New Belgium tour is very popular so make online reservations up to 2 months in advance. Also check out Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery and Anheuser-Busch (if the Clydesdales are in town). The Cache La Poudre Scenic Byway starts just 15 minutes from Fort Collins and is a beautiful drive. Have a full tank of gas as there are not many amenities along the byway.

Boulder especially Pearl Street Mall www.bouldercoloradousa.com/

Central City and Black Hawk have casinos if that is of interest.

Idaho Springs and Georgetown are historic mining towns and you could visit both in one day trip. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway along 103 from Bergen Park to Echo Lake and from Echo Lake to Idaho Springs will be open and is a very pretty drive. www.historicidahosprings.com www.georgetowncolorado.com

Other scenic drives--some of these you will/can take on your way for day trips

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway--can drive this route from Denver to Estes or on your way to/from Idaho Springs/Black Hawk/Central City

Dramatic Big Thompson Canyon (highway 34 between Estes and Loveland) which is on your way to Fort Collins

South St. Vrain Canyon on highway 7 between Allenspark and Lyons on your way to/from Boulder. Lyons is a cute town with some shops and restaurants. Oskar Blues is a favorite with locals.

Boulder Canyon (119 between Nederland and Boulder) and highway 36 from Boulder to Estes Park

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3. Re: Skiing near Estes Park

I've snowboarded El Dora and it's a nice scenic hour and a half drive or so. I've also snowshoed Bear Lake and that was a lot of fun so check it out.

If you and your husband want a nice relaxing massage after all that skiing and snowshoeing drop by Riverpointe Spa I highly recommend it.

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4. Re: Skiing near Estes Park

Sounds like so much fun, I want to go back and do it all again.

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5. Re: Skiing near Estes Park

Thank you for the information. We really appreciate it!

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