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Made famous by Rocky Mountain National Park and only an hour and a half outside of Denver, Estes Park has a variety of attractions to satisfy any prospective visitor. This small town is huge on scenery, fun and summer activities. Spreading 416 square miles, Rocky Mountain National Park is perfectly placed right next to Estes Park.

With no shortage of outdoor activities here, enjoying hiking, climbing, fishing, scenic drives, biking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, ranger-led programs, backcountry camping, and horseback riding is made easy. RMNP has many ways to experience nature in all its beauty.

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Estes Park Activities

With no shortage of outdoor activities here, enjoying hiking, climbing, fishing, scenic drives, biking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, ranger-led programs, backcountry camping, and horseback riding is made easy. Rocky Mountain National Park has many ways to experience nature in all its beauty.

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What is the closest rafting to Estes Park?

The closest rafting to Estes Park is Cache La Poudre near Fort Collins about 1 hour north from Estes Park. If you are looking to travel south from Estes Park, then there is great rafting in Idaho Springs about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Estes.

What is the closest ziplining to Estes Park?

The closest ziplining adventures to Estes Park are in Idaho Springs Colorado. There are plenty of ziplining options here. Our cliffside adventures has 6 ziplines incorporated into the face of the cliff side.

What are the best hikes near Estes Park?

The best hikes near Estes Park are located inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Mt. Ida is one of the most popular with beautiful summit views, wildlife, and challenging terrain. Check out guided hikes in RMNP to find the perfect hike for your group!

When is the best time to visit Estes Park?

The best time to visit Estes Park is between May and October. If you want to avoid the summer crowds and still have nice weather, late May to early June is a great time to visit as well as late August through October.

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Estes Park Adventure Tips

Family-friendly activities near Estes Park

Hiking is a great family-friendly activity that is recommended for kids ages 7+. Additionally, there is rafting near Kremmling, CO that allows kids as young as 2 years old.

What is the best rafting near Estes Park?

There is beautiful and safe rafting on the Upper Colorado River near Kremmling, which is only 40 minutes from RMNP. This class 2 rafting is great for those wanting to take in the scenery and learn about the geological phenomenons of the area.

How long should you visit Estes Park for?

There is so much to do in Estes Park that you can spend a whole week there and enjoy a multitude of activities. We recommend spending 1 full day to 3 days in Rocky Mountain National Park and 1 - 2 days doing other day activities near Estes Park.

Packing items for Estes Park

Always bring layers because very warm days, can turn into afternoon storms and cool nights. Pack sturdy hiking boots and hiking socks to stay comfortable, and don't forget the sunscreen, water bottle, snacks, and your camera.

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Top Outdoor Activities Near Estes Park

  • HIKING NEAR ESTES PARK

    There is plenty of great hiking throughout the park. Having an experienced guide along with you is what sets these trips apart from solo adventures. They know how to ditch the crowds in the popular areas of the park and help you truly enjoy everything the backcountry has to offer. Learn more about hiking.

  • RAFTING NEAR ESTES PARK

    Idaho Springs provides rafting for all ages and physical levels just about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Estes Park. For great float trips on the Colorado River head to Kremmling about 2 hours from Estes Park which is great for families with kids as young as 2 years old. Learn more about rafting.

  • ZIPLINING NEAR ESTES PARK

    Cliffside ziplining in Idaho Springs, Colorado is a great option for a zipline adventure near Estes Park. This zipline adventure is integrated into the cliffside where you will zip above the trees, and go through mountain top obstacles. It is located 1 hour and 30 minutes from Estes Park and right on your way to Denver. Learn more about ziplining.

  • Fly Fishing Near Estes Park

    There is great fly fishing on the Upper Colorado River just 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. Choose from a 2 hour walk & wade trip or a four hour float trip. This is a great way to really disconnect from every day life and enjoy a relaxing day outside. Learn more about Fly Fishing.

  • MORE ACTIVITIES NEAR ESTES PARK

    Great activities near Estes Park include hiking, rafting, ziplining, and via ferrata. For those willing to venture a little father try SUP, kayaks, fly fishing, off-roading, horseback riding, rock climbing, hot air balloons, camping and multi day activities.

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ACTIVITY OPTIONS BASED ON LOCATION

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK ACTIVITIES

Idaho Springs, Colorado is located 1 hour and 30 minutes south of Estes Park

Activities:

  • Clear Creek Canyon Rafting
  • Cliffside Ziplining
  • Mount Evans Via Ferrata

Gerogetown, Colorado, is located 1 hour and 45 mintues southwest of Estes Park

Activities:

  • Georgetown Loops Train Ride

Kremmling, Colorado is located 2 hours west of Estes Park

Activities:

  1. Upper Colorado Rafting Trips
  2. Stand Up Padddle Boards
  3. Inflatable Kayaks
  4. Fly Fishing Trips
  5. River & Rafting Gear Rentals
  6. Off-Roading UTV Rentals
  7. Horseback riding
  8.  Guided Hiking
  9. Overnight and Multi-day Adventures

Breckenridge, Colorado is located 2 hours and 45 minutes south of Estes Park

Activities:

  1. Blue River Rafting
  2. Hot Air balloons

Buena Vista, Colorado located 3 hours and 25 minutes south of Estes Park 

Activities:

  1. Arkansas River Rafting
  2. Mountain Top Ziplining
  3. Granite Via Ferrata
  4. Rock Climbing
  5. Overnight & Multi-day Adventures
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Lodging: Cabins and Campsites
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