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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 inspiration of the Shining, located in the mountain town of Estes. They offer guided tours which looking into before heading up.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Vibrant, locally owned, sustainable cafe serving up traditional Mexican eats with a Colorado twist plus margaritas & beer in Estes Park. We've enjoyed meals and happy hours there. Love the skinny margaritas!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Plaza
“Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Great shopping, eateries and the Stanley Hotel.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Open in the winter and live music almost every night. Doesn't open til 4pm but great dinner and dancing/jams!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Relaxed light-filled hangout featuring organic coffee, baked goods and sandwiches Great places to work!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Modern mountain dining from an ingredient driven kitchen. Hall family input: they have options for all tastes. From good burgers to nice snack/tapas menu! Good wine and drink menu. Kids also enjoy the options on the kids menu. The views are breath taking! Get there early or make a reservation. The place gets busy! ”
  • 15 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!”
  • 11 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
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
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!”
  • 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
BBQ Joint
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“Fantastic BBQ. Be sure to go in the off time otherwise you will be waiting. Loved by locals and tourists alike. There is a second location which is not as well known at the 18 Hole Golf course (locals secret). ”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Estes Park - This place has an 80's sort of feel, but is a great spot to watch the ducks play in the pond just outside the large windows. Make sure to sit in the main dining room. Food is pretty good. ”
  • 10 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.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“The inspiration of the Shining, located in the mountain town of Estes. They offer guided tours which looking into before heading up.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Vibrant, locally owned, sustainable cafe serving up traditional Mexican eats with a Colorado twist plus margaritas & beer in Estes Park. We've enjoyed meals and happy hours there. Love the skinny margaritas!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Open in the winter and live music almost every night. Doesn't open til 4pm but great dinner and dancing/jams!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern mountain dining from an ingredient driven kitchen. Hall family input: they have options for all tastes. From good burgers to nice snack/tapas menu! Good wine and drink menu. Kids also enjoy the options on the kids menu. The views are breath taking! Get there early or make a reservation. The place gets busy! ”
  • 15 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!”
  • 12 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Fantastic BBQ. Be sure to go in the off time otherwise you will be waiting. Loved by locals and tourists alike. There is a second location which is not as well known at the 18 Hole Golf course (locals secret). ”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Estes Park - This place has an 80's sort of feel, but is a great spot to watch the ducks play in the pond just outside the large windows. Make sure to sit in the main dining room. Food is pretty good. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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