If you appreciate history and interesting people, this is a great place to stay. We stayed an entire week. Yes, it's rustic. Yes, the decor is old West, but that's what we enjoy. Meeting the owner, Dr. Jones, was a real treat. A retired veterinarian, he was one of the first editor's of "Horse & Rider" magazine and authored the definitive book on Sport Horse medicine (which is still available on Amazon.com). Stephanie and Joe, who operate the restaurant, do a fine job, and entertained us daily with stories about their lives, and the area. It's not a tourist trap, and it certainly is not Holiday Inn. You will find that in abundance in Estes Park. But if you love authenticity, history, people and stories, this place is a real find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NOW OPEN, NEWLY RENOVATED. The River Forks was established in 1905 and is now under new management. If you are interested in adventure travel while enjoying all the comforts of home, this is the place for you! Enjoy our wilderness inspired rooms, as well as various camping spots on the banks of the Big Thompson River. Experience local music and events while relaxing in the beautiful Big Thomson Canyon. Explore various rock climbing, hiking and fishing destinations that are only a short drive or walk away. Relax in the quiet Drake community, away from the city crowds, yet Estes Park is only a short 15 minute drive, and Loveland only 20 minutes. ... more less