About Estes Park:
One of the most popular mountain get away places in Colorado. Travelers from around the world come to see this Historic town, beautiful valley and spectacular mountain peaks during the Spring, Summer and Fall with a decline in traffic during the winter months. 2010 census put the population at 5,858 and estimated in 2018 at 6.352.
There is plenty to do weather you’re a visitor or a resident. Two near by lakes, Estes Lake and Mary’s lake within minutes of downtown offer fishing and views. Many other breathtaking lakes near by in Rocky Mountain National Park offer camping, hiking and some fishing. These lakes include Bear Lake, Sprague Lake, Dream Lake, Bierstadt Lake, Chasm Lake, Fern Lake, Ouzel Lake, Haynach Lakes, Poudre Lake, Fifth Lake, Lake Grandby, Snowdrift Lake, La Poudre Pass Lake, Murphy Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, Azure Lake and Grand Lake.
Some take advantage of opportunities to horseback ride, go off roading with professional guides, hiking the near by 14ers or fly fish the streams.
Downtown offers no shortage of restaurants, galleries, and tourist attractions.
The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes who founded the community in 1859. Estes moved his family there in 1863.
The Town of Estes Park was platted by Abner Sprague in the spring of 1905, surveyed out from the small group of existing buildings clustered about what is now the corner of today’s Elkhorn and Moraine avenues. Lots sold quickly, and within a decade the footprint of the town we know today was largely in place. Most of the town’s early infrastructure—its electricity, its water and sewerage system—came from the generosity of steam car pioneer F. O. Stanley, who had come to the Estes Valley in June 1903 hoping to recover his health. His legacy lives on most visibly in the magnificent Stanley Hotel complex overlooking the town, built between 1907 and 1909.
Thanks to the efforts of F. O. Stanley and other early residents, and their sense of Western self-sufficiency, for more than a decade the primary needs of the new town were taken care of by citizens themselves. These included the construction of a new fish hatchery on Fall River, the reintroduction of elk into a region that had hunted them to extinction, and the building of roads and trails—all in the hope of attracting summer visitors. In the years after 1907, thanks to the organizational and inspirational talents of local naturalist and hotel owner Enos A Mills, residents rallied behind an even larger cause: the creation of a new national park.
Rocky Mountain National Park was established in January 1915. Two years later, in April 1917, came the formal incorporation of the Town of Estes Park and the beginnings of local government to guide the affairs of a fast growing community.