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Welcome To Alpenhaven Cottage In Estes Park, Colorado

Kick Back In A Green Clean, Chemical Free, Cozy, Quiet & Comfortable Cottage With Romantic Bedroom, Full Kitchen, Comfortable Living Room, Private Bath, Private Hot Tub, Washer & Dryer, All Nestled On The Gentle Slopes Of Deer Mountain In Estes Park, Colorado With Majestic Views Of The Continental Divide Included At No Extra Charge ; )

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Alpenhaven Cottage Offers You The Best Of Both Worlds !

Step Out Your Front Door & 'Take A Walk On The Wild Side' Because Rocky Mountain National Park Is Only About A One Minute Walk Away (if that !) & Only About A 12 Minute Walk To The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center & The Free Summer Time Park Shuttle.

Or You Can Hop Into Your Car & Head East For Only 2.5 Miles (Or About A 12 Minute Drive Depending On Elk Conditions ; ) & Find Yourself In Beautiful Downtown Estes Park, Offering Some Of The Best Entertainment, Shopping, Fine Dining, Wildlife Watching & Stunning Mountain Views To Be Found Anywhere In The World.

Guest Note: We Are Now A Colorado Amendment 64 / Marijuana / Cannabis Friendly Facility In Designated Areas Only. Must Be 21 Or Older With Valid ID & Be In Full Compliance With Colorado State Law.

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cottage rental amenities

Romantic Bedroom

Comfortable Queen Size Pillow Top Bed With Night Stands & Tiffany Style Reading Lamps
Romantic Mountain Themed Bedding With Ample Pillows
Duraflame Fireplace For Warmth &/Or Ambiance ; )
Rocky Mountain Style Art & Decore
Cable TV & DVD Player
Closet
Comfortable Living Room

Library With Good Rocky Mountain Book Selection
Large Picture Windows With Stunning Views
Foldout Wood Dining Table & Chairs
Rocky Mountain Style Art & Decor
Rustic Pine Coffee Table
Cable TV & DVD Player
Couch
Fully Equipped Kitchen

Sink With Dish Drying Rack
Plenty Of Cabinet Space
Full Size Refrigerator
Gas Stove & Oven
Cooking Utensils
Microwave Oven
Coffee Maker
Coffee Press
Pots & Pans
Silverware
Tea Kettle
Toaster
Private Bathroom & Changing Room

Rocky Mountain Style Fittings & Fixtures
Designer Towels & Washcloths
Shower With Massage
Built In Armoire
Washer & Dryer
Oak Vanity
Throne
Outside Alpenhaven Cottage

Private Deck With Table, Chairs & View
Romantic Swing Set For Two with View
Private Jetted Hot Springs Hot Tub
Private Yard Space
Private Parking
Bird Feeders
Wild Flowers
Everyday Alpenhaven Wildlife

Large Variety Of Wild Birds
Humming Birds
Chipmunks
Mule Deer
Squirrels
Elk
& Occasionally we get visits by Black Bears, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Coyotes, Badgers & 'Some' Say Rocky Mountain Sasquatches AKA Bigfoot's (Ask Us About 'Giant-Track Mountain')!

Free (((WiFi)))

Guest Note: We Are Now A Colorado Amendment 64 / Marijuana / Cannabis Friendly Facility In Designated Areas Only. Must Be 21 Or Older With Valid ID & Be In Full Compliance With Colorado State Law.

We Offer (((ON-LINE BOOKING SERVICES))) ~ For Alpenhaven Cottage Of Estes Park On 'AirBnB' Dot Com ~ (Listing Number# 2600235)

activities and attractions in Estes Park Colorado

About Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census.

History

The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.

The town's outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. An example of Edwardian opulence, the 1909 building had Stephen King as a guest, inspiring him to change the locale for his novel The Shining from an amusement park to the Stanley's fictional stand-in, the Overlook Hotel.

Estes Park was also the site of the organization of the Credit Union National Association, an important milestone in the history of American credit unions.

Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide.

Geography

Estes Park sits at an elevation of 7,522 feet on the front range of the Rocky Mountains at the eastern entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Its location is 40°22′22″N 105°31′09″W.

Its north, south and east extremities border the Roosevelt National Forest. Lumpy Ridge lies immediately north of Estes Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.85%) is water.

Three million tourists visit Rocky Mountain National Park each year; most use Estes Park as their base.

Transportation

The main airport serving Estes Park is Denver International Airport, located 75 miles southeast.

Highways

  • US 34 is an east-west highway that runs from Granby, Colorado to Berwyn, Illinois. In Colorado, it connects Estes Park to Loveland, Interstate 25, Greeley and Interstate 76
  • US 36 begins at the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, running to Uhrichsville, Ohio, passing through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
  • State Highway 7 begins at the junction of US 36 and N St. Vrain Avenue in Estes Park and runs to Boulder, Lafayette and Brighton. Its northwestern segment is part of the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway.

About Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado.

It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites.

The park is located northwest of Boulder, Colorado, in the Rockies, and includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River.
 
The park has five visitor centers.

The park headquarters, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (An easy 12 minute walk from Alpenhaven), is a National Historic Landmark, designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.
 
The park may be accessed by three roads: U.S. Highway 34, 36, and State Highway 7. Highway 7 enters the park for less than a mile, where it provides access to the Lily Lake Visitor Center which is closed indefinitely.

Farther south, spurs from route 7 lead to campgrounds and trail heads around Longs Peak and Wild Basin. Highway 36 enters the park on the east side, where it terminates after a few miles at Highway 34. Highway 34, known as Trail Ridge Road through the park, runs from the town of Estes Park on the east to Grand Lake on the southwest.

The road reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,713 m), and is closed by snow in winter.
 
The California Zephyr serves Granby (near the west entrance of the park) by rail from Denver, crossing the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel well south of the park.

The park's website suggests Granby as an appropriate rail terminus for visitors, although it lies a good sixteen miles from the park without public transportation connections.
 
The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.

Geography

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 265,761 acres (415.25 sq mi; 1,075.50 km2) of land in Colorado's northern Front Range.
 
The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character.

The east side of the park tends to be drier, with heavily glaciated peaks and cirques.

The west side of the park is wetter and more lush, with deep forests dominating.
 
The park contains 359 miles (578 km) of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles (720 km) of streams.

The park contains over 60 named peaks higher than 12,000 feet (3,700 m), and over one fourth of the park resides above tree line.

The highest point of the park is Longs Peak, which rises to 14,259 feet (4,346 m; surveys before 2002 show 14,255 feet (4,345 m) above sea level.

Longs Peak is the only fourteen thousand foot peak in the park.

Several small glaciers and permanent snowfields are found in the high mountain cirques, including Andrews Glacier, Sprague Glacier, Tyndall Glacier, Taylor Glacier, Rowe Glacier, Mills Glacier, and Moomaw Glacier.

Popular Areas

The park is dominated by Longs Peak, which is visible from many vantage points, and has an elevation of 14,259 feet (4,346 m).

Each year thousands of people attempt to scale it.

The easiest route is the Keyhole Route, impassable to regular hikers in all but the hottest summer months due to snow and ice.

This eight-mile (13 km) one-way climb has an elevation gain of 4,850 ft (1,480 m).

The vast east face, including the area known as The Diamond, is home to many classic big wall rock climbing routes.
 
Not All Leave Longs Peak Safe & Alive!

There is a stone gazebo at the Keyhole formation with a plaque memorializing Agnes Vaille, a well-known climber in the 1920s.

In January 1925, Vaille fell 100 ft (30 m) while descending the North Face. Vaille survived the fall with minor injuries, but was unable to walk.

Her climbing partner, professional mountaineering guide Walter Kiener, went for help; but when rescuers arrived, Vaille had died of fatigue and hypothermia.
 
Bear Lake, in the heart of the park, is a popular destination and trailhead.

The lake lies below Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. Several trails start from the lake, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous hikes.

Bear Lake Road is open year round, though it may close temporarily due to bad weather.
 
Trail Ridge Road connects the town of Estes Park in the east with Grand Lake in the west.

The road reaches an altitude of 12,183 feet (3,713 m), with long stretches above tree line.

Following Trail Ridge Road upward for 1,000 feet is akin to driving 600 miles north from the park in reference to changes in climate and vegetation.

It passes the Alpine Visitors' Center, a popular destination, and crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass. Numerous short interpretive trails and pullouts along the road serve to educate the visitor on the history, geography, and ecology of the park.
 
The southern area of the park is Wild Basin, a wild and remote region.

Several trails cross the area and backpacking it is popular.
 
The Mummy Range is a short mountain range in the north of the park.

The Mummies tend to be gentler and more forested than the other peaks in the park, though some slopes are rugged and heavily glaciated, particularly around Ypsilon Mountain and Mummy Mountain.
 
The snow-capped Never Summer Mountains are found in the west side of the park.

Here the south-trending Continental Divide takes a brief sharp northward loop, which creates an interesting reverse scenario, where the Pacific Basin is on the east side of the divide and the Atlantic Basin on the west.

The mountains themselves, the result of volcanic activity, are craggy and, more often than not, covered in deep snow.

This area saw the most extensive mining in the park, and trails lead past old mines and ghost towns.
 
Paradise Park is hidden in the peaks above Grand Lake.

This rugged and wild area has no trails penetrating it.

Rocky Mountain National Park History

Evidence has shown that Native Americans have visited the area of the park for the last 10,000 years. Their influence in the region was limited, however, and their visits often transitory.

The Ute Tribe visited the west side of the park, particularly around Grand Lake.

The Arapaho visited and hunted in the Estes Park region.
 
The Long Expedition, led by Stephen H. Long, for whom Longs Peak was named, visited the area in 1820, though they never entered the mountains.
 
Joel Estes and his son stumbled across the meadows that eventually became Estes Park in 1859 while on a hunting expedition.

He moved his family there in 1860 and raised cattle.

 He stayed only until 1866, forced out by long, harsh winters.

In the next years, settlers and homesteaders staked their claims in the Estes Park region.

Tourists, particularly those interested in climbing the high peaks of the region, appeared after this time.
 
In 1880 a small mining rush began in the Never Summer Mountains.

The mining town of Lulu City was established with great fanfare and promotion by the media, particularly by Fort Collins newspapers.

The ore mined, however, was low grade; by 1883 the rush went bust, and most of the residents moved on.

A satellite town, Dutchtown, was abandoned by 1884.
 
Enos Mills, then a 14 year old boy, moved to Estes Park in 1884.

He explored the mountains of the area and wrote many books and articles describing the region.

He later supported the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park, and he split his time between the mountains he loved and the cities of the eastern United States, where he lobbied for the legislation to create the park.

The legislation was drafted by James Grafton Rogers, a Denver lawyer and avid outdoorsman. Mills' original proposal for park boundaries went from Wyoming all the way down to the Mount Evans area, including areas such as the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Much of the land was favored for mining, logging, and other operations, however, so the proposed park was reduced to an area approximating the current park borders.

The bill passed Congress and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on January 26, 1915. A formal dedication ceremony was held on September 4, 1915 in Horseshoe Park.

The park has expanded over the years, with the largest parcel — the Never Summer Range — added in 1929.
 
The 1920s saw a boom in building lodges and roads in the park, culminating with the construction of Trail Ridge Road between 1929 and 1933.

The Civilian Conservation Corps handled several building projects during the Great Depression and remnants of their camps can be found in the park today.

Rocky Mountain National Park Activities

On the Colorado River trail inside Rocky Mountain National Park Most visitors to the park drive over the famous Trail Ridge Road, but other scenic roads include Fall River Road and Bear Lake Road.

Many visitors hike and backpack.

The park contains a network of 349 miles (562 km) of trail and dozens of designated backcountry camp sites.

Trails range from easy to strenuous.

Many routes are off-trail and the hiker must be careful to leave no trace of their passage.

Horseback riding is permitted on most trails.

Some trails which are closed to horse traffic allow llamas as pack animals, because their smaller size and softer feet have a lower impact on trail erosion.

Rock climbing and mountaineering have increased in recent years.

Longs Peak, Hallett Peak and Lumpy Ridge, among others, are famous rock climbing areas.

Many of the highest peaks have technical ice and rock routes on them, ranging from short scrambles to long multi-pitch climbs.

In the winter, when the trails are covered in snow, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular.

Backcountry-style Alpine, Alpine Touring and Telemark skiing can be found on the higher slopes.

Fishing is found in the many lakes and streams in the park.

Camping is allowed at several designated campgrounds.

Sites of interest

  • Bear Lake
  • Chasm Lake
  • Fall River Pass
  • Grand Lake
  • Milner Pass
  • Mount Meeker
  • Sprague Lake
  • Trail Ridge Road
  • Longs Peak
  • Wild Basin

ANNUAL ESTES PARK, COLORADO EVENTS...

  • Heritage Festival - late August, first held in 2004 and now very much an annual event in Estes Park, transporting people back in time with a range of historical activities, such as wagons at the MacGregor Ranch, or a ride on a restored and fully-operational Stanley Steamer car
  • John Denver Tribute Concert - mid- / late August, at Stanley Park's Rodeo Arena Fairgrounds, watched by large crowds each year
  • Longs Peak Scottish / Irish Highland Festival - early September, datingback more than 30 years and generally known locally as simply the 'Scotfest', featuring huge marching bands with bagpipes, the Estes Tattoo, the Longs Peak Concert, and lots of kilts and sporrans! Based on the Estes Park Festival Field and also at the Municipal Building on Elkhorn Avenue
  • Estes Park Film Festival - mid-September, attracting many international and local filmmakers, with screenings of all categories at the Park Theater, at the Stanley Hotel and also at the Lake Shore Lodge
  • Autumn Gold - late September, a festival of live blues and folk music, hot food and cold beer, celebrating the arrival of the fall colors
  • Elk Fest - early October, when visitors to Estes Park are able to observe local Elk during their rutting season. The Elk Festival also incorporates story telling, archery and other outdoor activities
  • Holiday Parades - late November / early December, with Yuletide festivities, carnival processions of winter floats, and various seasonal choir concerts...

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