Weekend Getaway: Estes Park

Estes Park is one of my favorite places in Colorado! It’s only an hour and a half from Denver (which is a gorgeous drive) and it has so many options for a weekend away. Obviously the big focus of our trip was hiking:

Hikes:

Mill’s Lake (4.9 Miles/886 ft. Elevation Gain) We did this as a guided hike with Pat
Kruger Rock (4 Miles/977 ft. Elevation Gain) – We wanted a dog friendly option so this was perfect!

My other favorites in Rocky Mountain National Park:

Gem Lake (3.4 Miles/990 ft. Elevation Gain)
Sky Pond (9.2 Miles/1,837 ft. Elevation Gain)

Where We Stayed:

We stayed at a cabin at YMCA of the Rockies which is so close to RMNP you can actually hike in! This was my first time staying at a YMCA and it had incredible views and a fun “camp” vibe. One huge point for us was that it’s super dog friendly. Dogs aren’t allowed in RMNP so sometimes it’s a struggle to find a place that welcomes the pups, but not only were they welcome there are trails onsite to include the pups! One huge benefit of staying here is that you can bypass the reservation system into the park by taking a guided hike!

Where We Ate:

Ed’s Cantina – This came HIGHLY recomended and now I know why, it was absolutely delicous, had a beautiful balcony and the service was really quick. You must order the Avocado Margarita and thank me later!

Bird & Jims – We asked a couple of locals where they recomended and this one came up by almost everyone so we decided to check it out. Every dish we ordered was incredible, the drinks were expensive but very delicous and the service was great!

Whiskey Bar – This bar in the Stanley Hotel is a must! Not just for the killer Old Fashioned, but the chance to check out the Stanley Hotel. We didn’t have a reservation but they let us bring our drinks onto the Front Patio and honestly that was even better, we took in the views while enjoying our whiskey.

Inkwell & Brew – I’m so obsessed with this coffee shop I once drove from Denver just to spend the day reading and writing here.

Rock Cut Brewing – Absolutely delicous beer named after local hikes & mountains with a patio right on the river

Other highly recomended spots: The Rock Inn, Claires, Seasoned, Snowy Peak Winery & Lumpy Ridge Brewing

For Next Time:

I can’t wait to go back and explore more, so let me know what else I should try and experience next time I’m in Estes Park!

I definitely want to try a few off roading trails and of course find a couple new hikes 🙂

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

More From Kylie

AO’s First Fundraiser

AO’s First Fundraiser

It's been almost a year since Approachable Outdoors launched last summer as a fun side project during the Pandemic and I'm still blown away every day at what it's grown into. In the very early days I would dream about using this site as a source of good, to make an...

My First Guided Hike

My First Guided Hike

I usually find my hikes on AllTrails or through recomendations from friends and had never been on a guided hike before but the  YMCA of the Rockies offers a guided hike for free when you're staying there. One of the best parts was that I didn't have to worry about...

Road Trip To Moab

Road Trip To Moab

Moab is just over five hours from Denver so it’s perfect for a weekend adventure to another world. The gorgeous red rocks of Moab, Arches National Park and the Canyonlands are a must-see and it’s also a trip you can do over and over again and see something new...

Trunk Picnic

Trunk Picnic

Whether it’s a road trip or I’m feeling antsy in my little city apartment, trunk picnics are some of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. (Also, take note – killer date idea!) On road trips, especially through National Parks I’ll make sure I pack most of my gear...

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

I’ve been to a lot of hot springs both here in Colorado, out of state and in a few other countries but I’m not sure that any have captured my heart quite like Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat! I mean... just look at this:The scenic thermal pools are only 25...

Southwest Colorado Road Trip

Southwest Colorado Road Trip

Southwestern Colorado is one of my favorite parts of the state! This summer I’d been planning a trip with a friend to go hiking & explore a few towns that we hadn’t been to. We had three nights and four days to explore as much as we could and we packed in a...

9News Weather Live From Home!

9News Weather Live From Home!

Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be working from home in news. Enter Coronavirus in March 2020. At 9News I was able to take the technology I used to do weather live in the field and got us all set up to do it from home. I took a whole minute to feel...