Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park
April 1, 2015

Rocky Mountain National Park welcomes 3 million visitors a year and has just about everything – mountains, wildlife, hiking and climbing, camping and fishing, stunning scenery.

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Estes Park

Elk in Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Surrounded by peaks soaring to 14,000 feet, Estes Park sits in one of Colorado’s most beautiful spots. It’s also next to Rocky Mountain National Park, a “must see” spot for visitors to Colorado.

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Enos Mills Cabin

Staff writer The Enos Mills Cabin is a historic landmark honoring the “father of Rocky Mountain National Park,” which was established in 1915. Mills, born in 1870 in Kansas, was a sickly child who was sent to Colorado to improve his health. He built a small cabin, and his relatives, the Lambs, taught him about mountain lore. Later, he bought their ranch, renaming it the Longs Peak Inn, and the…

November 16, 2011
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Lula W. Dorsey Museum

Staff writer The Lula W. Dorsey Museum includes a main building, two historic cabins and a shed housing a Studebaker freight wagon from about 1900. It also serves as the corporate archives for the YMCA of the Rockies. The museum was built on the former site of the Wind River Lodge, near the YMCA stable. In 1977, Dorsey, who was long actively involved with the YMCA of the Rockies, arranged…

November 16, 2011
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YMCA of the Rockies

YMCA of the Rockies near Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The YMCA of the Rockies is a frequent site for family reunions and corporate meetings. It underwent a major renovation recently and offers accommodations for groups up to 4,000. The Estes Park Center sits on 860 acres southwest of Estes park and offers cabins and lodge rooms, plus a range of recreational activities. It is located 8,010 feet above sea level. The YMCA has been in operation at…

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Baldpate Inn

Baldpate Inn in Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Baldpate Inn, now a bed and breakfast, displays a collection of more than 20,000 keys. Founded in 1917 by the Mace family, it was named for the mystery novel “Seven Keys to Baldpate” by Earl Derr Biggers, whose story line prompted visitors to bring keys as gifts for the owners when they visited the mountain lodge. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places…

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Stanley Museum

November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Stanley Museum, located near the Stanley Hotel, displays steam-powered cars from 1905, 1909, 1910 and 1916, including a 1909 Model R Stanley Roadster, plus art and artifacts from the era. Stanley Museum Lower Stanley Village 517 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 577-1903 Website

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Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Stanley Hotel, a historic landmark visible from all over town, was built by the co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer and inspired the setting of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” King relocated the novel to the “Overlook Hotel” after he visited Estes Park while living in Boulder. Originally, the book was set in an amusement park. The hotel was built in 1909 by F. O. Stanley, who with…

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MacGregor Ranch and Museum

MacGregor Ranch near Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The MacGregor Ranch and Museum preserves a homestead ranch dating back to 1873, founded by Alexander and Clara MacGregor. It is the last remaining working cattle ranch in Estes Park, and it contains the original items and buildings the family left. When their granddaughter, Muriel Lurilla MacGregor, died in 1970, she left the ranch in trust for charitable and educational purposes. The main ranch house museum shows original…

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Historic Fall River Hydroplant

Staff writer The Historic Fall River Hydro Plant, built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley to provide electricity for his hotel, is open to visitors in the summer. Few hotels at the time the Stanley was built used electricity, but the high cost of bringing coal to the area inspired Stanley to use water power instead. The plant contains the equipment and machinery used in the plant during most of the…

November 16, 2011
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