Submitted by: David H. Urmann
Estes Park is one of the most extraordinary places that offer most popular summer resorts and the Rocky Mountain National Park headquarters.This beautiful and exotic city is full of panoramic views.It is located along the banks of the River Thompson in Larimer County, Colorado.The city was named after the explorer Joel Estes.
The very first and the most organized exploration of the Rockies was done under the leadership of Major Stephen H.Long in 1820.The aim of the expedition was to find out the new and untouched wild portion of this region of the country.With the invention of gold in the area in year 1859, the people from all over the nation took their path to the Estes Valley.Most of the gold was discovered around the southern part of the area but Joel Estes explored this part of the region for gold.In 1864, the area was named as Estes Park in by William Byers who was the editor of the Rocky Mountain News in honor of his friend.
The attractions of the Estes Park are concentrated around the Rocky Mountain National Park.One has to go for hiking trails of about a mile to reach the most exotic attractions.It offers some of the outstanding landmarks such as Long Peak which is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountain National Park.With a height of around 4,300 meters, this peak invites the hikers and offers different hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty.One of the most popular hiking trails is the Keyhouse Route and most of the visitors enjoy the trails through this route.
Another must visit attraction of the park is the Old Man Mountain; it is an attraction that the guests of park will never want to miss.This mountain invites hikers towards it and offers some of the most gorgeous views.It is one of the best sites for skiing in winters and has been used by the cross country skiers.Sprague Lake and Bear Lake are the most popular areas for skiing.The best season for skiing in the area is during the months of November and December when there is an enormous amount of snow fall is recorded.The logs, rocks and debris are covered with the snow making it one of the most ideal places for skiing.
Estes Park offers some of the most sought after hotels of the area which are meant to provide convenient and comfortable stay.One can also go for a variety of accommodation options such as Bed and Breakfast, budget and mid budget or one can even rent a private vacation home.Taking a private vacation home is one of the most affordable and better ways of finding exceptional value for your money.These private homes offer you the freedom of home making you feel at home right away from home.
It has fifteen hotels that are listed in the iStayGreen directory, out of which three are listed as environmental friendly accommodation.Hotels such as Wildwood Inn, Bighorn Mountain Lodge, Best Western Silver Saddle, Brynwood On the River are some of the most ideally situated hotels offering the most exotic views of Rocky Mountain National Park.
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