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Summer Adventures in Estes Park

Summer in Estes Park is one of the best times to visit and with so many activities you’ll want to stay all summer long! Start planning your altitude adventure by reading our list, of favorite Estes Park activities.

Riverwalk Downtown

Take a summer stroll through town along the Riverwalk Downtown Estes Park. Starting at the visitor center along Ellkhorn Ave., follow the paved path alongside The Big Thompson River. Enjoy scenes of nature with shops and restaurants to stop at along the way. This is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon discovering Estes Park.

Mrs. Walsh’s Garden   

Established as part of the Estes Valley Land Trust, this lush and tranquil garden sits nestled into a mountainside on the west end of downtown. Natural pathways guide visitors along a quiet stream bed leading you through a garden of flowers, plants, and trees. The garden is protected by a large gate to keep deer and other animals out, not to discourage people from entering! This is truly Estes Park’s hidden gem.

Visit Art Galleries in Downtown Estes Park

While you can enjoy Estes Park’s local art galleries any time of the year, summer is the best time as galleries stay open later and gallery doors are left open, creating an inviting and inclusive shopping experience. Plus, summer is the best time to experience art shows, like the local favorite, Art Groove.

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

As Colorado’s oldest scenic byway, the Peak to Peak Highway stretches from Estes Park all the way through Clear Creek Canyon up to I-70. The road guides you through spooky ghost towns of Hesse and Apex, alpine lakes, and majestic mountain views.

4WD and Off-Road Tours

Discover Estes Park and its surrounding areas this summer with a 4WD or off-road tour. Take a road trip like no other and hop in a 4x4 vehicle and take the ride of your life through the Rocky Mountains! Discover places you wouldn’t otherwise venture out to on foot and cover more ground than you would hiking.

Lake-Side Excursions

Cool off this summer and take a day excursion to a beautiful mountain lake. Nearby at Rocky Mountain National Park, there are plenty of lake hikes to choose from like, Bear Lake, Lily Lake, and Gem Lake. Or stay in town and enjoy a day at Estes Park Lake, with a variety of recreational activities like paddleboarding.

Estes Park Aerial Tramway

Don’t forget to look down when you head up on the Estes Park Aerial Tramway. The tram provides riders with views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains, ending at the summit of Prospect Mountain, where you can enjoy epic views of the Rockies.

Take a Class at Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Discover the Rockies in a whole new way by signing up for a workshop or a tour with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. They offer a wide variety of classes that are field based topics around wildflowers, native animals, birds, outdoor skills, photography and so much more!

Open Air Adventure Park

Take your vacation to new heights at the Open Air Adventure Park. Best enjoyed during the spring and summer months, fly high through the trees, walk over swinging bridges, test your balance on aerial tightropes, and so much more! This is a perfect summer adventure for the entire family!

With so many things to do in Estes Park this summer, start planning your vacation now and book your stay at Brynwood on the River and enjoy your day of fun in the sun this summer!