Estes Park History

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 … Read more