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
While we typically post stories in this blog about things to see and do in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, today’s post is a slight departure. We take time to recognize two heroes in the Estes-Rocky area who recently passed from this earth. These are individuals who made a huge difference in our
When I took a seat at Table, the Stanley Hotel’s exceptional dining experience, I didn’t know a soul. I introduced myself to several of them on the veranda of The Lodge prior to the main event. This building, located directly to the east of the Stanley Hotel is, essentially, a smaller copy of its neighbor.
When guests check into the upscale Rams Horn Village Resort, they find upscale cabins that offer mountain-style furnishings, blazingly fast WiFi and flat-screen TVs. After a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, guests can relax by the pool or grill in front of their cabin before heading to downtown Estes Park for shopping and an
Living in a tourist community with a seasonal economy takes a special kind of business person. One must adapt or fail. Downtown Estes Park took shape in 1905, when Loveland grocer Cornelius Bond formed the Estes Park Town Company and sold lots for $50 along newly formed Elkhorn Avenue. Fred Clatworthy bought two of those