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Top 10 Reasons You Should Visit Estes Park in the Fall & Winter

As the seasons change, you’ll find a whole new set of things to do in Estes Park! Crowds give way to beautiful changing colors, cool days, and a warming hot tub at The Golden Leaf Inn. Start planning your getaway by looking at all the fun autumn and winter activities in the Rocky Mountains!

Rocky Mountain National Park

This beautiful, national park is less than four miles from Estes Park, is open year-round, and is exceptionally beautiful in the autumn and winter. One of the most adored national parks in the country, you’ll enjoy changing colors of the leaves, the effect of ice and snow on the landscape, and – more often than not – gorgeous, blue skies. With many hiking trails open and wild animal roaming, skip the summer crowds and plan your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park!

Fall Fly Fishing

Estes Park offers some of the best fly fishing locations in all of Colorado! In addition to the many creeks and rivers in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Big Thompson River and Fall River in Estes Park boast an ideal fly fishing location for anglers. Looking for fishing at the lake? Check out Lake Estes and Mary’s Lake! You can’t go wrong fishing surrounded by beautiful Colorado scenery.

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

Maybe you’ve been putting off that creative writing project, or you’re stuck finishing that novel? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November is the perfect program to get you back on track! Book your room at The Golden Leaf Inn for Rocky Mountain inspiration every day. Write each morning, during the day or in the evening at our historic arts and crafts style inn, on one of our patios or in your luxurious room this November and get your story underway!

Let’s Hear It for Hiking

While summer sees many, many people enjoying Colorado’s hiking trails, fall and winter offer a more exclusive, but no less enjoyable, hiking experience. Day hikes are all around Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park provides other hiking options including The Pool, Deer Mountain, and Cub Lake.

Festivals and Fun

From Halloween in downtown Estes to Holiday Markets and Parades, you’ll find it all through autumn and winter in Estes Park! This town welcomes art exhibits, concerts, and family activities throughout the year. On the doorstep of The Golden Leaf Inn, you’ll enjoy events in the fall and winter in downtown Estes Park with its many shops, galleries, and restaurants. A beautiful town to visit any time of year!

Wonderful Wildlife

Visitors to Estes Park can see wildlife throughout the year. Fall offers a unique experience with the elk mating season and the air full of elk bugling across the meadows! But keep an eye out for more wildlife like bighorn sheep and bears that are sometimes seen near town when not hibernating. Mountain lions are difficult to spot but worth looking for! And keep your eyes peeled for little critters like chipmunks, marmots, pikas, and ground squirrels!

Bountiful Brews

Like beer? You’ll love Colorado! With almost 350 breweries in the state, Colorado has the second most breweries in the country! In and around Estes Park celebrate the seasons with a brewery visit. Check out the Fall Back Beer Fest in Estes Park, visit the Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company or swing by Estes Park Brewery after a day in the mountains.

Snowshoe Time!

One thing Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park will have in winter is snow! Snowshoeing is a great activity for all ages and allows you to take in the beautiful snowy mountains and evergreens up close and personal. Wrap up warm and book a snowshoe tour (there are many available in the area) for an exciting experience this winter in Estes Park.

Ski Season

Did you know Estes Park is only about 45 miles from Eldora Ski Resort? This locals’ favorite, Eldora offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Perched more than 9,000 feet above sea level and with a top elevation almost 11,000 feet, Eldora is a terrific ski resort where you can enjoy 680 acres of skiable terrain within an hour. Let’s go!

Rejuvenate and Revive

Autumn and winter are the ideal time to head to Estes Park and spend a few days renewing yourself at The Golden Leaf Inn. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, a view of the beautiful Colorado scenery, shopping in Estes Park or you’re tackling NaNoWriMo month, you’ll find that The Golden Leaf Inn offers the ideal base, luxurious accommodation, outstanding food, and the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and revive yourself!