Estes Magazine

The sign on Highway 36 welcomes visitors to Estes Park.

A century ago the small village of Estes Park had dirt streets and board sidewalks. Livery stables lined Elkhorn Avenue. The Stanley Hotel was painted a mustard yellow and Stanley Steamer Mountain Wagons brought visitors up the narrow canyon roads. Only 117,000 people visited Rocky Mountain National Park. On April 17, 1917, the 317 year-round

Girls hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Tired of the I-70 gridlock and the masses of people at the ski slopes? Take a breath and escape with your family to Estes Park this spring break. Discover what it feels like to snowshoe across a frozen alpine lake and spot a bull elk forage in a snow-covered meadow. Or join your kids for

Romantic couple in Rocky Mountain National Park pictured

Note: the photos in this post represent small businesses who have partnered with to provide gifts for our Romance In the Rockies essay contest. Details here. There is something romantic about the mountains. The snowcapped mountains. A secluded log cabin with a fire in the fireplace. Snow-covered trails through the thick, pine forests. Waterfalls frozen

Snowshoe hiker in Rocky Mountain National Park.

After a snowfall, Estes Park resembles a Currier and Ives painting. Holiday lights illuminate freshly fallen snow on the trees along the Big Thompson River. Snow squeaks underfoot. Rocky Mountain National Park is just minutes away. Visit Estes Park and can enjoy the winter outdoors the old-fashioned way on a pair snowshoes or cross country

Northern Shrike bird in Rocky Mountain National Park

In the winter months, a very cool migrant bird visits Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area. It’s the predatory songbird known as the Butcher Bird or the Northern Shrike. The Northern Shrike eats insects, small reptiles and even small mammals. The reason for the moniker of “Butcher” is an amazing behavior of

Mule deer in Rocky Mountain National Park

Imagine a guy walks into a bar and asks all the ladies if anyone is fertile. In the hooved animal world, that is what males, such as mule deer, do during the “Rut” mating season. This Mule Deer  pictured is exposing his Jacobson’s (Vomeronasal) Organ in the roof of his mouth. This is, basically, a