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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
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
Plaza
“A great, picturesque nearby mountain town. Lots of little shops downtown. Bring your camera!”
  • 150 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A great local coffee shop. My personal favorite is the kind shake. Casual seating inside and out. Wifi hookup. On the Riverwalk. ”
  • 21 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
Bar
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“Estes Park - Want a dive bar with a local feel? This place is perfect. Has a few pool tables and a couple of pinball games... and shuffleboard. Fun place!”
  • 9 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
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
Restaurant
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“One of the best new restaurants in Estes, and you can walk there from our Casa Larkspur! Great locally sourced fresh food and friendly atmosphere. We recommend getting a reservation!”
  • 13 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
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
Brewery
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“Micro brewery with excellent beer and rotating food truck. If you are staying in the red cabin you can walk here!”
  • 3 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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“Go early gets packed soon. Opens M-F 6am-2 SS 2:30. Gourmet Coffee & freshly squeezed OJ, and plate sized pancakes. Free meeting rooms Planning a business meeting? (minimum purchase required)”
  • 5 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

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
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
Restaurant
“One of the best new restaurants in Estes, and you can walk there from our Casa Larkspur! Great locally sourced fresh food and friendly atmosphere. We recommend getting a reservation!”
  • 13 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.”
  • 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
Breakfast Spot
“Go early gets packed soon. Opens M-F 6am-2 SS 2:30. Gourmet Coffee & freshly squeezed OJ, and plate sized pancakes. Free meeting rooms Planning a business meeting? (minimum purchase required)”
  • 5 locals recommend

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