We had the most brilliant three night stay here 5 - 8 June and really wish we had booked to stay longer! Our apartment was perfect for two. We loved the large jacuzzi in the bedroom and the living area was comfortably furnished and spotlessly clean. The outside deck and garden right next to the river were perfect, shielded from the road (on the other side of the river) by mature trees and from other units by shrubs and fences. It was so relaxing to sit by the fast flowing river with a glass of wine and just take in the unforgettable view. Ken & Kathy, the managers, were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.
There was a magnificent elk and his family who seemed to be regular visitors. They came each evening and we were thrilled to see the picture pefect image of the male framed in our patio window on the night when we were packing to leave - and our camera batteries were on charge!.... so it really is the tale of the 'one that got away' but a sight we will never forget.
Estes Park is a delightful little town and has all you need for a self catering stay (don't forget to ask for a loyalty card at Safeway to obtain all the discounts!) and a wide choice of places to eat. However, we barbecued every night on our patio and couldn't have been happier.
I believe that there are lots of walks nearby without having to enter Rocky Mountain National Park, whose entrance is just down the road from Bear Paw,but we chose to visit the Park. We hiked the trail from Bear Lake up to Emerald Lake where we were surprised to be knee deep in snow and to find the lake frozen. Absolutely beautiful! We also had a close encounter with a friendy marmot! A rare sighting in the area according to the Rangers.
This break was part of a self drive tour of Colorado and we just can't fault it. On our way to Glenwood Springs we drove right through the Park on the Trail Ridge Road which afforded magnificent views, and the experience of driving along a mountain top should not be missed! The Old Fall River Road was still closed however because of snow.
We can wholeheartedly recommend Bear Paw. It is a perfect base and RMNP has so much to offer. We can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful riverfront condos, equipped with everything you need to make your trip to Estes Park memorable. Bear Paw Suites features; fully equipped kitchens, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units, in room jetted tubs or private hot tub, gas fireplaces & grills, washer/dryer, free WiFi and much more. Ideally located half-way between downtown and RMNP. Relax in luxury! ... more less
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