We have found that when our guests arrive for a longer stay from a lower altitude, one of the best ways to acclimate is to take a short walk on one of the Estes Park trails. It’s amazing the number of birds you will see while strolling along Lake Estes and the Big Thompson River. You might also see Elk or Deer and on occasion a Coyote will be out looking for a tasty mouse or rabbit.
From late August through October you will be treated daily to several dozen Elk engaging in their age-old mating rituals in several locations along the Estes Park trails. One of the easiest to reach is the 9-hole Golf Course which is between The Appenzell Inn and Lake Estes. Being within a hundred feet of a bugling elk will raise the hair on your neck and give you plenty of memories to share when you get home.
If you’ve brought your bicycle or intend to rent one, the Estes Park trails are open to your riding except for a short stretch through Downtown Estes Park. You will see mile markings on the Estes Park Trails because they are used for several running races through the year.
Another Estes Park attraction is that the Estes Park Trails will take you to the Riverwalk which extends along the Big Thompson and Fall Rivers through Downtown Estes Park where you can enjoy great Estes Park Shopping and other Estes Park Events.