Visiting Estes Park With Kids

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Estes Park, Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. A visit to Estes Park is one sure way to get your kids off of the couch. The outdoor family oriented activities are endless. Our family loves the Estes Park area, as the list of things to do here goes on for miles. Here are three of our favorite things to experience while visiting Estes Park, Colorado.

Take a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Bear Lake Trailhead area is home to many trails that will work for families. One of our boys’ favorite hikes has always been to Dream Lake. Yes, this trail is extremely busy, but well worth it. Upon arriving at Dream Lake, find a rock to break out your snacks on and enjoy the scenery.

Dream Lake: Rocky Mountain National Park
Dream Lake: Rocky Mountain National Park

Keep your eyes on your back packs at all times, as there are many critters that are scurrying to find a meal or two! If you are up to it and have started your hike early in the day, head on back to Lake Haiyaha or Emerald Lake. Our boys have hiked all of these trails since the ages of 2 and 6.

Horseback riding is a great way to experience the scenery of the Estes Park area from a whole new point of view.

Horseback Riding: Rocky Mountain National Park
Horseback Riding: Rocky Mountain National Park

There are several stables throughout the Estes Park area, including Rocky Mountain National Park. Keep in mind, if you do not ride horses on a regular basis, you will not want to plan a long hike the following day you go horseback riding.

A picnic is a fantastic way to explore Estes Park and all of its surroundings. Pack a picnic basket full of sandwiches, snacks and plenty of water. With an elevation of 7,522 feet, Estes Park is an area where folks can be susceptible to altitude sickness. Water becomes a necessity, so pack accordingly. Sprague Lake offers a nice setting for picnics.With several picnic tables and fire pits/grills, this is a family friendly picnic area. Pack a frisbee, sport a comfy pair of shoes, and enjoy a picnic around a beautiful lake!

Hiking, horseback riding and picnicking are three fun things that our family loves to do while visiting Estes Park. No visit to Estes Park would not be complete without a stop at Village Pizza, located at 543 Big Thompson Avenue. A perfect meal to round out a day of fun in the great outdoors.

If you realize you have forgotten to bring your backpacks, proper footwear, never fear. Estes Park is filled with many family friendly stores that are there to meet your needs.

back pack.jpg And don’t forget to stop into one of the shops on Main Street to pick up your trail tags. As you can tell, our boys have enjoyed collecting these over the years.

Estes Park is a fantastic place to visit with kids. Plan your visit today, you will be grateful that you did!

 

 

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5 comments on “Visiting Estes Park With Kids

  1. Sara @SensiblySara on said:

    We will be traveling through Colorado this summer! I’ll see if there is time in our plan to make a stop! Thanks!

  2. SaraB on said:

    We have stayed at the KOA there too! Nice campground- lots of gravel, not much grass. A fantastic location to stay outside of the park, if you are looking for hot showers.

  3. SaraB on said:

    Yes it is! There is so much to do, even on a rainy day. Never a moment to hear the kids say they are bored.

  4. Tricia @roadtriptheworld.com on said:

    Love your pics! We love to visit Estes Park. The last time we went a few years ago, we stayed at the KOA for a couple of days while we explored Rocky Mountain National Park. We had a great time!

  5. lisagee1234 on said:

    The Stanley Hotel is a good place to visit there too.

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