Estes Park is considered the Gateway to RMNP. It has lots of shopping and great restaurants. The famous Stanley Hotel sits over top of the town in all its glory. F.O. Stanley, famous for the Stanley Steamer, built this hotel in 1909. KOA IS ONLY 1.5 MILES to downtown Estes Park.
Fishing and boating are just some of the things to do. There is a marina on the lake where you can rent a fishing or a paddle boat. Also there are bike rentals and you can even rent a surrey for something different. If you like to walk or jog there is a path around the lake. Located ACROSS THE STREET from KOA.
We have a wide array of local attractions that continue to wow our visitors and keep them coming back time and again to our wonderful area. While you are here you will want to visit our world famous Stanley Hotel. Built in 1909 by F.O.Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame, to be the most modern 5 start hotel of it's day. The hotel has drawn more recent notoriety from the fact that Stephen King got his idea to write his book "The Shinging" from the time he stayed at the Stanely. You will want to be sure to include the ghost tour at the Stanley while you are here.
A 400 square mile preserve of forests, meadows, tundra and mountains. You can take a quick drive through or spend days exploring the many mountain lakes and ponds. Take along a picnic basket and sit and enjoy the serene settings. There are Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Moose and even the smaller creatures like fox, rabbits and the occasional bald eagle to watch for. Dont forget your camera! KOA is ONLY 5 MILES to an entrance of the park. For more information, visit Rocky Mountain National Park online.
Our beautiful town of Estes Park is located in a high mountain valley at 7,500 feet elevation with breath taking views of surrounding 10,000 to 14,000 ft mountains. Just to the west is our nationally renowned 400 square mile Rocky Mountain National Park.
Visitors to our area will want to drive the highest national highway in the country. As Hwy 34 winds itself over the top of our Rocky Mountain National Park just to the west, it becomes known as Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved highway in the country as it passes over the top of Rocky Mountain National Park at more than 12,000. It is typically open for traffic from Memorial Day weekend to late September each summer. Early summer travelers will experience driving by walls of snow perhaps as high as 15'. This is a must do when you are visiting us here in Estes Park.