by Client Care
on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 4:27pm.
The fabulous City of Boulder is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and offers many great day trip opportunities for residents and visitors. A few great places to check out are the Indian Peaks Wilderness area which is the closest to Boulder and mainly a local secret, as well as Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak which are located way south of Boulder. Among the most popular day trips from Boulder is that to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park which is only a 45 minute drive to the north.
Estes Park is a great summer resort community with a population of about 6,000 people. Along the Big Thompson River this mountain town is the Gateway to the Rockies and has attracted visitors for many years. The main headquarters for the Rocky Mountain National Park is located in town as well. Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, starts in the park and continues through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the Continental Divide. Lily Lake is located along the peak to peak highway just outside of town and is a great place for family walks and picnics. It is common to see herds of elk grazing on grassy patches or wandering around the main downtown so be careful and keep your camera ready.
Beside Rocky Mountain Nation Park, Estes Park's other main attraction is The Stanley Hotel which dates back to 1909. This is where Stephen King stayed when he was inspired to write his famous novel "The Shining." The town busily moves about during the summer, but becomes much quieter in the off-season. The downtown strip is usually the best place to take a stroll on the riverfront and dine in a cafe or restaurant.
If driving isn’t your thing, don’t fret you can still get to Estes Park. Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides run a scheduled shuttle between Boulder and Estes Park daily. The shuttle leaves Boulder in the morning and returns later that afternoon making it a great convenient way to tour this mountain community.