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 is in the Fort Collins - Loveland area.
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.