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Popular amenities for Estes Park vacation rentals

Stay near Estes Park's top sights

The Stanley Hotel91 locals recommend
Estes Park Visitor Center19 locals recommend
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center9 locals recommend
Safeway77 locals recommend
Estes Park ATV Rentals6 locals recommend
Bond Park3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Estes Park

  • Total rentals

    1.7K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    730 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    510 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    220 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    81K reviews

Your guide to Estes Park

All About Estes Park

Estes Park is a beautiful mountain getaway, nestled in the foothills of northwestern Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can spot elk regularly wandering the streets. It’s a scenic hub for many visitors wanting to explore the park. The small town, which is just under seven square miles, is home to over 6,000 residents, and great local restaurants and breweries.

This area has cultural roots dating back to the Arapaho and Sioux tribes, the original custodians of this land. Pioneers, hunters, and inventors eventually followed, and many of the buildings they erected are still standing as historical markers to this past.

The natural landscape surrounding Estes Park is known for its lush hiking trails, crystal-clear lakes, and phenomenal stargazing. If you pass through in the wintertime, you’ll find the locals skiing, snowshoeing, or staying in a cozy Estes Park condo rental.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Estes Park

If you’re looking for water sports, the best time to visit Estes Park is from June to September. This is prime time to go whitewater rafting or take a boat out on the water as the weather is mild and dry. Other summer activities include hiking, biking, and climbing.

Winter in the Rocky Mountains is extraordinary but the rural roads are not for the faint of heart. You can still visit the Rocky Mountains during winter, but be prepared to drive on snowy, winding mountain roads that can be tricky to navigate. While average winter temperatures are below freezing, this is also the perfect climate to go snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing. Regardless of which season you visit, there’s a home rental in Estes Park, Colorado waiting for you.

Top things to do in Estes Park

Estes Park Riverwalk

This mile-long, tree-lined path runs along the Big Thompson River on the backside of Elkhorn Avenue, downtown’s main street. Start from Estes Park Visitor Center and discover mom-and-pop shops, patio bars, and local coffee shops which offer direct access from the trail. As you walk, try to spot the 12 bronze statues of pikas (cute mountain-dwelling animals) which are part of a local scavenger hunt.


Take an open-air ride through the famous Rocky Mountain National Park with experienced mountain cyclists as your guide. The tours can last anywhere from three to eight hours, depending on your experience level. Book a tour in advance with a local outfitter, who can provide the bicycle, helmet, water, and snacks.

Park Theater

Built in 1913, this theater is one of the oldest operating motion picture theaters in the country. Watch everything from blockbuster films to documentaries here while fueling up on sandwiches and beer from the snack bar. Fun fact: the theatre has an 80-foot neon sign on the front of the building which required the city’s special permission to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Estes Park?

    Estes Park has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm with highs around 70°F (21°C), while winters can be cold with temperatures often dropping below freezing and frequent snowfall. Snow activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular during the winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Estes Park?

    In Estes Park, visitors frequently enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, wildlife watching, and fishing in the area's beautiful lakes and streams. Riding the Estes Park Aerial Tramway for picturesque mountain views and exploring the historic Stanley Hotel are also popular activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Estes Park?

    The summer months from June to September are the most frequently visited in Estes Park due to the pleasant weather. During this time, several local events take place, including the Estes Park Jazz Fest and the Rooftop Rodeo. Fall is also a popular time to visit, especially to witness the elk rut, a unique wildlife spectacle.

  • What are the best places to stay in Estes Park?

    In Estes Park, you'll find a variety of appealing neighborhoods to stay, such as Downtown Estes Park, renowned for its shopping and dining options, Fall River Road, frequently suggested for its proximity to the Rocky Mountain National Park, and Stanley Heights, often recommended for its tranquil setting and mountain views. Always check availability and pricing to find the most suitable accommodation for your needs.

  • What are the best places to visit in Estes Park?

    Among the popular places in Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel stands out for its historic charm and ghost tours. The Estes Park Museum, with its local history exhibits, is often recommended. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway is a favorite for its outstanding panoramic views of the area.

  • What are some hiking trails in Estes Park?

    Estes Park has numerous hiking trails to explore. For stunning lake views, the Bear Lake and Emerald Lake trails are popular. The Flattop Mountain Trail is often recommended for advanced hikers seeking high-altitude terrain. The Gem Lake Trail and Lily Mountain Trail are other frequently suggested options.

  • What are some family activities to do in Estes Park?

    Families can explore the Moraine Park Discovery Center's interactive exhibits or enjoy a scenic picnic by Sprague Lake. A ride on the Estes Park Aerial Tramway is often enjoyed by all ages. Additionally, wildlife watching, especially during the elk rut in the fall, is a unique family experience.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Estes Park?

    Explore the Rocky Mountain National Park famed for its diverse wildlife and striking mountain vistas. Take a leisurely drive along the Trail Ridge Road, stretching for 48 miles (77 km), often recommended for its stunning high-altitude views. For a relaxing outing, consider Lily Lake, ideal for a picnic and a gentle stroll.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Estes Park?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 730 vacation rentals in Estes Park featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Estes Park?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Estes Park. Choose from more than 220 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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