Off The Beaten Path Journey in Estes Park

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Stray away from the well-trodden paths and into the hidden wonders of Estes Park with this off the beaten path journey! This guide offers you a unique blend of adventure, tranquility, and local secrets. Read on to learn what’s in store!

Day 1 – Unveiling Hidden Gems

Get this journey started off right in Rocky Mountain National Park. Begin your day with a visit to Lily Lake. This trail is a little less than a mile loop and is perfect for a serene morning walk. The still waters and the gentle trails provide a peaceful start to your day and this journey.

Your Estes Park cabin presented by Voyago features a full gourmet kitchen, perfect for preparing delicious food and treats to take with you when you’re out and about. Enjoy your packed breakfast by the lake, and soak in the tranquility of the Rockies.

After your morning hike, check out the historical heart of Estes Park with a visit to the MacGregor Ranch. This preserved homestead is a living piece of history that offers an authentic glimpse into the life and times of the area’s early settlers! You’ll see original furnishings, farming equipment, and personal artifacts that tell a story of resilience and adaptation.

After exploring the ranch, head to Bird&Jim for lunch. This charming eatery is known for its delicious homestyle cooking using locally sourced proteins and produce. Eating here is the perfect way to replenish after a morning of exploration.

Post-lunch, embark on an adventure along the Kruger Rock Trail. This hike, less known compared to others in the area, is a hidden treasure offering equally breathtaking views. As you ascend the trail, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains.

Finish off day 1 with a meal at the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. This local tavern exudes a rustic charm, complete with a cozy ambiance and often, live music. Share stories and enjoy good food with locals and visitors alike.

Day 2 – Adventure and Solitude

As dawn breaks, make your way out for a horseback riding adventure at one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s local ranches. Experience the park’s natural beauty in a unique and special way, from atop a horse! The ride takes you through secluded trails, often unexplored by the regular tourist crowd. The gentle rhythm of the horse’s pace, combined with the soft morning light casting a golden hue over the mountains, puts you at ease as you connect with nature.

After the ride, head to Mountain Home Cafe, for a quick but satisfying breakfast. Choose from a Denver omelet or a Super Mountain Home Scramble to refuel for your day ahead.

Keep the adventure going with a guided rock-climbing session on the Lumpy Ridge Trail with Estes Park Rock Climbing. Lumpy Ridge is a favorite among local climbers because of its distinctive rock formations and exceptional views. Prepare for an exhilarating experience under the guidance of experienced instructors. Navigate the unique terrain and experience the thrill of the climb at Lumpy Ridge.

All that climbing will work up an appetite so keep it light with a fresh sandwich at Rocky Mountain Deli.
Take your sandwich with you to back to the Lumpy Ridge trailhead. This time you’ll be taking another off the beaten path stop to Gem Lake. Experience moments of quiet reflection by this small lake, nestled among the hills.

Conclude your day with a dinner at the Dunraven Inn, a lesser-known but charming restaurant. The Dunraven Inn offers an intimate dining experience with fresh Italian cuisine, steaks, and seafood.

Day 3 – Easy Going and Relaxation

Your final day in Estes Park begins with a visit to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory. Escape into the wonders of the cosmos, far from the bustling crowds. Listen as guides share insights about the stars and universe, for an interactive education experience. Gaze at the sky through telescopes and learn about celestial phenomena.

After skygazing, head to The Egg of Estes for breakfast. Indulge at this local favorite, known for its charming atmosphere and delicious, homestyle cooking. You’ll feel like you’re eating in a cozy home kitchen.
Once you’re all full, head out for a leisurely stroll through the Estes Valley Farmers Market, if it’s open during your visit. Sample and purchase an array of local produce, from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisanal cheeses and handmade crafts. It’s a vibrant and colorful experience, reflecting the spirit of Estes Park.

If the farmers market isn’t in season, go on over to Fall River Road. This off the beaten path route leads you to scenic spots like the Alluvial Fan waterfall, a beautiful and quiet place perfect for reflection and relaxation.

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