Estes Park, Colorado
Although Estes Park, Colorado sits outside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park, people often equate it with the park, and for good reason. You have to cut through Estes Park to get to Rocky Mountain National Park from the eastern side, and it’s worth your while to stop for a few hours or days.
Estes Park is a vibrant mountain community, boasting a riverwalk, as well as an array of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and lodging choices. One lodging option is the Stanley Hotel (made famous by Stephen King’s “The Shining”), which is a well-known, historic landmark. You can rent a room for the night or week, or choose to stay in nearby hotels, motels, inns, lodges, cabins, bed and breakfasts, or private homes (houses, condos, and townhouses).
Please note: There is no commercial lodging offered inside Rocky Mountain National Park, so the closest options are Estes Park on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park or Grand Lake on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park .