Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
Located about 90 miles northwest of Denver and at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park in nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The town welcomes residents and visitors with spectacular scenery, a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and superior hospitality to match.
Major Industries & Employers
The primary industries in Estes Park are:
- Professional services and wellness (including alternative and integrative medicine, freelancer/telecommuter, mountain education, software/IT)
- Outdoor recreation and products (including athletic training, outdoor gear design/testing/manufacturing, winter and indoor sports)
- Craft goods (including artisan food production, breweries and distilleries, fine art and craft production)
Major employers in Estes Park include the Estes Park Medical Center, Estes Valley Recreation & Park District, the Harmony Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Park Inn.
Quality of Life
Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Outdoor activities range from hiking, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing to rock and ice climbing. Outdoor enthusiasts also take advantage of boating on Lake Estes, mountain biking and horseback trails. Additionally, the area is known for its diverse variety of watchable wildlife, including elk, deer and bighorn sheep.
With its scenic river walk alongside the Big Thompson River, Estes Park is home to more than 200 retail stores and many restaurants that feature live music. Some of the town’s cultural attractions include the Estes Park Museum and the landmark Stanley Hotel, made famous by the movie “The Shining.”
Universities & Colleges
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park both offer free shuttles that make it convenient to get around town and the national park. There are five town shuttle routes, while Rocky Mountain National Park offers three shuttle routes, which operate from late May through early October and offer hikers and day-trippers easy access to the most frequented areas of the park.