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Things to do in Estes Park

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“The Shining. This is where Stephen King stayed when he dreamed the idea of The Shining. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Mountain inspired mexican food. This is not your mammas mexican food joint. Try the fajitas and the queso is a MUST DO. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Try the garlic stuffed bacon wrapped dates dipped in aioli. You will likely want to order more! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Plaza
“Quaint historic area that is a must see. Known for hiking, taffy and of course The Stanley hotel where Steven King spent the night and dreamed of the book The Shining. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Relaxed light-filled hangout featuring organic coffee, baked goods and sandwiches Great places to work!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious Mountain inspired food. Perfect for a night out. Dont forget to get a reservation during the busy season. Try the Green chili poutine appetizer and the bread pudding. So yummy! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Food
“Micro brewery with excellent beer and rotating food truck. If you are staying in the cottage or house on the hill you can walk here!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Wheel Bar is a classic. Its been around forever - its quirky, its unique and the locals all know it. Definitely should stop by for a drink and have the experience!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature
“The Estes Park Aerial Tramway was designed and built by Robert Heron. Mr. Heron became involved with tramway during World War Two. The 10th Mountain Division contracted the engineering company Mr. Heron worked for to design a portable tramway for use in Italy and Germany. The task was assigned to Mr. Heron. A book entitled “The Tramway Builders”, by Philip A. Lunday and Charles M. Hampton gives the history about these tramways and the men who built them. After the war Mr. Heron traveled to Europe to study the tramways and became more fascinated with their design and capabilities. Because of the steep terrain, many trams in Europe do not require any towers to support the wire ropes. The entire length is a free span between the bottom and the top stations. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway utilizes this design. A free span is fairly uncommon in the United States and this type of design affords a very smooth ride. Mr. Heron also became one of the pioneering chair lift builders for the United States ski industry and built the first double chair lift in this country. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway opened to the public in July, 1955. Since then it has safely carried more than 3 million people to the summit of Prospect Mountain. The tramway is still owned and operated by the Heron family. May 25th to September 2nd Open 9 am-6pm daily”
  • 9 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Be sure to visit this bakery and cafe early. This is a sit down restaurant. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
History Museum
“Cute little museum with local information. Not big or an all day activity but is worth the look.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“A little prices but well worth it. The setting is in a historic lodge and the food and service are great!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“You will find every outdoor adventure gear needed here! Plus, they have a bargain basement on top brands like The North Face, Marmot, etc....plus they have a climbing gym too”
  • 12 locals recommend
Town
“The Country Market is a few minutes via car and is a smaller grocery store, but closer than Safeway. It has a complete selection of frozen foods, dairy, meats and vegetables, though not as large as Safeway. Great quick place to stock up, but slightly more expensive than Safeway. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Amazing BBQ! Great place for family lunch or dinner. Try the pulled pork potato skins! So yummy. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Excellent Indian and Nepalese food! The Lamb Curry is one of our favs but everything is super tasty here. Go ahead - try it! Be sure to order the rice pudding or a mango lassi for a delicious treat.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“The Shining. This is where Stephen King stayed when he dreamed the idea of The Shining. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Mountain inspired mexican food. This is not your mammas mexican food joint. Try the fajitas and the queso is a MUST DO. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Try the garlic stuffed bacon wrapped dates dipped in aioli. You will likely want to order more! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Mountain inspired food. Perfect for a night out. Dont forget to get a reservation during the busy season. Try the Green chili poutine appetizer and the bread pudding. So yummy! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Be sure to visit this bakery and cafe early. This is a sit down restaurant. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“A little prices but well worth it. The setting is in a historic lodge and the food and service are great!”
  • 11 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Amazing BBQ! Great place for family lunch or dinner. Try the pulled pork potato skins! So yummy. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Excellent Indian and Nepalese food! The Lamb Curry is one of our favs but everything is super tasty here. Go ahead - try it! Be sure to order the rice pudding or a mango lassi for a delicious treat.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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