Estes Park travel guide

Estes Park Tourism | Estes Park Guide

You're Going to Love Estes Park

With a population of 5,858, Estes Park is a must-see destination in Colorado, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 1 days in order to fully appreciate everything Estes Park has to offer.

Where to Eat in Estes Park

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Dunraven at the Estes Park Resort (1700 Big Thompson Ave.) and Georgias at the Lodge (333 E Wonder View Ave) are great picks.

Most popular restaurants in Estes Park

Wonderful (170 reviews)

When to visit Estes Park

Estes Park in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Estes Park in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Estes Park in July, when the average temperature is 60.8 °F, and the highest can go up to 77 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 28.4 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 2″. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Estes Park, with an average rainfall of 0″.

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How to Get to Estes Park


Although Estes Park doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Denver Airport (DEN), which is located 57 miles from Estes Park. Vail Eagle County is the most popular, with regular flights from American Airlines, JetBlue, Qatar Airways and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Estes Park departs from Las Vegas and takes around 1h 47m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Estes Park. The train journey from Estes Park to Lincoln takes 8h 01m and costs around $62 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Omaha, expect to pay about $67 for a 9h 10m trip.


Another option to get to Estes Park is to pick up a car rental from Denver, which is about 52 miles from Estes Park. You’ll find branches of Advantage and Kyte, among others, in Denver.


You can travel by bus to Estes Park using Greyhound or Amtrak. From Colorado Springs, the bus ride to Estes Park takes 85 miles and will cost you around $46. From Cheyenne, the ticket costs about $60 for a journey of 110 miles.

Airports near Estes Park

Airlines serving Estes Park

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Austrian Airlines
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Where to stay in Estes Park

Average rates range from around $290 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $467 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Brynwood on the River and Hotel Estes.

Where to stay in popular areas of Estes Park

Most booked hotels in Estes Park

Murphy's Resort
Excellent (8.6, 1288 reviews)
The Historic Crags Lodge
Excellent (8.6, 224 reviews)
The Estes Park Resort
Excellent (8.3, 448 reviews)
Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
Good (7.9, 722 reviews)
The Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection
Good (7.4, 448 reviews)
Rocky Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
Okay (5.7, 1820 reviews)
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Renting a car in Estes Park

Renting a car in Estes Park costs $94 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 29% more expensive than at Denver Intl.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Estes Park (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57.