Enjoying the seasons in Estes Park is something people from all over the world do every year. The town offers a mix of seasonal visitors, locals, and everything in between. With this in mind, if you're planning a family gathering or a private event and looking at dining in Estes Park, I've got three things for you to consider.
If you already live in Colorado or have visited here before, you know what I'm about to say; the weather changes rapidly in here. Especially at higher elevations, the weather that comes over the mountains and into Estes valley can surprise you. There's a saying you'll here in any Colorado mountain town, "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour." That pretty much sums it up.
Tip: Beyond looking at the extended forecast for your trip, prepare for cooler temperatures and some potential moisture by packing a waterproof layer and waterproof boots.
We have some major intersections in or around the downtown area. If you're planning on dining in Estes Park but you're not staying close enough to town to walk, here are some ideas. During the summer months, the Town of Estes Park offers free shuttle rides that pickup and drop off all around downtown as well as Mary's Lake and YMCA of the Rockies, and Fish Creek Road. A handicapped-accessible bus is also available by calling 970-577-9900.
Tip: Download the shuttle schedule to your smartphone so you have times and locations of pickups.
Parking in and around Estes Park can be a bit stressful at time, especially when you're coming to town for a special event or the holidays. Regardless, public parking lots are available all around downtown.
Tip: Look for the 'P' parking symbol along Elkhorn Avenue; you can also download a Parking Map here.
With a little planning and some preparation, dining in Estes Park with be a cake walk. You'll know where to park, you'll be prepared for the potential elements, and you'll have memories to hold onto for years to come.