Introduction to Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado, in Larimer county, is 23 miles W of Loveland, Colorado (center to center) and 52 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. The town, which is in the Fort Collins - Loveland area, has 5,413 residents.

Estes Park History

Estes Park, a town located in Larimer County, was established in 1859. The community was named in honor of Joel Estes, who was the founder of the town. Larimer County was named after William Larimer, Jr., who established Denver. The county was formed in 1861. The town of Estes Park, which houses the headquarters for the Rocky Mountain National Park, was also the location for the Credit Union National Association. It was a significant milestone in the history of credit unions in America. The town received great damage due to a flood in 1982.

Estes Park and nearby Attractions

  • Barbour Ponds State Park
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park
  • Discovery Center Science Museum
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park
  • Great Stupa at Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center

Things To Do In Estes Park

History buffs will find museums such as the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Great Stupa at Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Colorado Museum, which all provide insights into the history of the area. There are numerous parks such as Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park, and Barbour Ponds State Park. These offer ample recreational opportunities. Saint Bartholomew Church is also located nearby. The festivals celebrated in the town include the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in June, Jazz Fest in May, and the Heritage Festival in August.

Estes Park Transportation

The closest major international airport is Denver International Airport.

Estes Park Higher Education

Higher educational facilities include Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Schools of Mines, and Colorado State University.


Total Population 6,103
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 29.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,799
Age of the Population 57


% of people married 58.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $72,975
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 38.9%
Median Gross Rent $882
Median House Value $320,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.8%
US/American 0%
English 17.8%
Irish 14.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Estes Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles W of Loveland, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Larimer
Metro Area Fort Collins - Loveland
Standard Zip Codes 80517
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80511
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.377
Longitude -105.521

Estes Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 27 to 53 F
Jul Temp 47 to 79 F
Oct Temp 31 to 59 F
Annual Precip 13.9 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 20 to 45 F
Jul Temp 44 to 75 F
Oct Temp 27 to 54 F
Annual Precip 14.9 inches
Distance 27.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 42 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 64 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Estes Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rocky Mountain National Park (80517)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berthoud 5,497 $73,505
Grand Lake 329 $53,977
Jamestown 256 $110,500
Loveland 71,755 $70,223
Lyons 2,056 $91,208

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Estes Park Public Libraries

Estes Valley Public Library District
Estes Park, Colorado
(970) 586-8116

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Estes Park Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(970) 586-2317
Emergency Service: Yes

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Estes Park High Schools

Serves 394 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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