Estes Park has plenty to offer in outdoor recreation and beautiful vistas, but for visitors looking to learn more about our town’s history and heritage, there are a few local museums for history buffs to visit.
Located at 200 Fourth St., this museum houses two historical structures, one a 1908 cabin; the other the National Service Headquarters Building that was the center for all Rocky Mountain National Park business from 1915 to 1923. There are also temporary exhibits.
Admission is free for this museum that shares the history of our people, architecture, and events of Estes Park. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This historic center was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley to power The Stanley Hotel. You may visit the hydroplant from late May to early September, Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The plant is located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Rd.
The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and admission is only $5 per adult and children under the age of 18 are free. You can enter the ranch Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The MacGregor Ranch showcases the lives and times of the early settlers and homesteaders in Colorado. The ranch was founded in 1873 and still operates as a working cattle ranch.
Take a guided tour of the museum which was the main ranch house in 1896. You can see original furnishings and artifacts from the MacGregor family. Outside the museum, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the milk house, smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and root cellar.
The ranch is located at 180 MacGregor Avenue.