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We are so fortunate to have Rocky Mountain National Park practically at our doorstep! And, Coloradans get at it no matter the weather.

Rain, snow, wind, you name it - RMNP will be busy with adventurers! So be sure to plan ahead because parking at your favorite trail head could be congested.

In the summer months, it's a little easier, as RMNP has a wonderful shuttle service. In the winter months, however, popular areas like Bear Lake are full every weekend. 

Photo credit: Rocky Mountain National Park

According to RMNP, the busiest times are between 10 am and 2 pm, but you never know, so if you can, arrive early or later for a different experience

Animal activity is different in the early and latter parts of the day, so you're more likely to have an exciting wildlife siting!

Photo credit: Cheryl Gorske, Weasel in Winter

Also, the light is more dramatic and you're likely to get me 'loves' on your Instagram feed :)

Be safe and have fun out there! The snow is starting to fall more regularly -

C'mon Old Man Winter!

Battling "Old Man Winter" - By Daniel Slack - Rockland - Camden - Knox - Courier-Gazette - Camden Herald

Who is Quinn?

Quinn is a handstand junkie, tequila aficionado and inspiring Estes Park local who suffered a severe spine injury in October that’s left her paralyzed from the waist down.

After traveling the world pushing the limits of technical free climbing for years, and saving dozens of lives in the back country as a climbing ranger in RMNP, her life path has a different direction.

When Quinn’s not traveling, inspiring or saving lives, she teaches others how to save lives as a Wilderness First Responder instructor, and has helped raise money for adaptive sports and environmental nonprofits nationwide.

On On October 11, while trying to recapture the Nose speed record, Quinn took a 100 foot fall halfway up El Capitan in Yosemite. She slipped toward the top of a formation called the Cowboy Boot Flake (which looks like a Cowboy Boot) and hit another formation called the Texas Flake. The Texas Flake is a massive feature that’s shaped like its namesake state. It’s a few feet wide and sits detached from the sheer face of El Cap by a few feet.

Valley locals for years had said this fall would be unsurvivable, but QuInndestructable proved them wrong. She lived. She broke a few ribs, had some internal injuries, and shattered her scapula — and miraculously has no brain damage. 

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Join me and hundreds of others rallying around Quinn to help her continue to live to the fullest!

Saturday at 5 PM - 10:30 PM

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park
101 South Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Visit the Fundraiser Facebook page to purchase tickets.

This event is rapidly coming together. Your ticket will cover...

Presentation by Estes Park's own Tommy Caldwell
Live show by Write Minded
Photo booth by The ShutterBus VW Photo Booth Bus
Free Beer & Food
Silent Auction
Epic Raffle

You can also donate to Quinn directly on her YouCaring page.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Series - December 3rd Full Moon Hike

by Cory Dudley

Bask in the light of the full moon in Rocky Mountain National Park this Sunday 12/3.

What better a way to get into the holiday spirit! 

Photo Credit: NPS/Russell Smith

The Rocky Mountain Rangers lead Full Moon Walks in the winter months, the first one this coming Sunday. Groups leave from Beaver Meadows at 5 pm. Reservations are required and can be made in person or you can call the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 970-586-1223. Maybe there will even be a little fresh snow from the system that passes through Sunday - fingers crossed!

Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park September Festivals 2017

by Cory Dudley


Not far from Rocky Mountain National Park lies beloved Estes Park, where visitors and locals alike celebrate life in the Colorado Rockies with special events throughout the year. Below are the events this month that you will want to pencil into your calendar!


Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival - September 7th through 10th 



If you've never made it up the hill in the past three decades for this festival, this is the year! For 3 days, Estes Park becomes the setting for one of the nation's largest celebrations of Scottish and Irish cultures. Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, there are events such as jousting, bagpipes, dancers, precision drill teams and more. One of the weekend's highlights is the parade along Estes Park's main street.

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets will have a variety of vendors selling things such as clothing, kilts, accessories, home decor and highland-inspired jewelry. The Strong Man Competition on the festival field will allow athletes to show off their skills in the hammer throw, putting the stone and caber throwing. If something more traditional is what you enjoy, then the International Jousting Championships entertain with games and competition in both light and heavy armor. Dogs of the British Isles put on quite the show for the entire family, with dog agility and herding, terrier races and dog exhibit booths with goods.


Click HERE to purchase your ticket and for an event calendar for the weekend!


  Autumn Gold Festival - September 23rd and 24th 



Celebrate the changing of the seasons in one of the region's most beloved festivals! Everyone is welcome to enjoy the live music and dance for FREE, and the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will have bratwursts and cold drinks for purchase once inside. Other vendor booths will have treats such as corn on the cob, funnel cakes, roasted almonds and fresh lemonade; there's bound to be something for everyone. 

The kiddos will be well entertained with face painting, corn bag tosses, a bounce house and classic car show. Perhaps the most popular portion of the festival is the raffle - entrants can take home prizes of $5,000 or $2,500 cash prizes, and various other cash and runner-up awards. Raffle tickets cost $25 each. 


Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Mason Street - September 16th



​Mason Street is a Fort Collins-bred bluegrass band that will be finishing up the Summer Concert Series at the Performance Park Amphitheater. The show goes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, for FREE! Don't miss out...


Cory's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley


My HOT PICK for the week is at 1285 Giant Track Road in Estes Park.

Nothing says Colorado Living like a wrap-around 360 degree view of some of Colorado’s most beloved mountains...

This Full Log home flows with function and livability.

Vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows help you take in the views, and stay comfortable with both a gas stove and a pellet stove!

Home is not totally complete with finishes, so it could be made your own...

2 kitchens and 2 sewer taps for legal apartment rental!

Expansive decks with views of Lumpy Ridge, The Mummy Range and the beautiful Estes Valley below.

Only minutes to downtown Estes Park, 45 minutes from Downtown Boulder, CO and less than an hour and a half from Denver International Airport. Investors will see immediate personal benefits of a desirable personal vacation rental that meets all the needs of a profitable VBRO and future expansion.

Don’t dream any longer; purchase this amazing legacy property and invite me up soon…..!


(Listed by RE/MAX Mountain Brokers)



Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. His family includes his wife and daughter, and they feel fortunate to call Longmont their home.

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at



Skiing is a Colorado pastime that cannot be replaced - well, maybe just for a weekend.. The Stanley Hotel has launched an effort with Kent Mountain Adventure Center to offer families and couples an adventurous alternative to the standard winter weekend-getaway. Whether sledding & snowshoeing is more your speed or if climbing frozen waterfalls is what you're longing for, their Winter Adventure Packages fit the bill if you're looking for something outside the norm.

"We're taking winter back," says Harry Kent, owner of Kent Mountain Adventure Center. "Why spend your day fighting crowds and traffic when you can have a world-class adventure playing in Rocky Mountain National Park? Where we go and what we do is unique every time and there are no life lines.. guaranteed!"

As of January 9th, the Stanley Hotel is offering ultimate play-and-stay winter packages. The packages combine exploration with luxury in order to meet everyone's needs and desires. With an array of custom add-ons like romantic gestures, whiskey tastings or gourmet dinners, you can build the getaway of your dreams!



Family Winter Adventure Package (Approximately $158 per person)

For both the experienced and inexperienced family, spend the day in Rocky Mountain National Park. An experienced guide shuttles you from the Stanley Hotel and into the park for a safe, fun-packed and photo-friendly experience that takes into consideration all of your family's needs. Some options include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or backcountry sledding! It includes:

  • Accommodations at the Stanley Hotel, Lodge at the Stanley Bed & Breakfast, Aspire Residences or Overlook Condos
  • A half day of guided snowshoe, cross country skiing, or sledding trip inside the park
  • Transportation to and from Rocky Mountain National Park
  • All rental equipment required for your activity
  • Entrance fees into the park



Couples Winter Adventure Getaway (Approximately $172 per person)

What's more romantic than getting out and playing in the snow together? Spend the day out with your favorite person on a private guided snowshoe, cross-country skiing or sledding tour through Rocky Mountain national Park. Afterwards, talk about your day over sparkling wine & chocolate truffles or a personalized whiskey tasting at the Whiskey Bar. It includes:

  • King Bed accommodations in the Stanley Hotel, Lodge Bed and Breakfast or Aspire Residences
  • Sparkling wine & truffle welcome or a whiskey tasting for 2 upon your return
  • A private half-day guided snowshoe, cross county skiing or sledding trip in the park
  • Transportation to and from the park
  • Entrance fees in the park
  • Equipment rentals required for your activity



Winter Adrenaline Package (Approximately $228 per person)

This is the ultimate adventurer's option - not for the faint of heart! But if you'd like to step past the boundaries of the norm and push your limits, this is the package for you. Included is a full-day of privately guided back country skiing, ice climbing or avalanche safety training within Rocky Mountain national Park. It includes:

  • Accommodations at the Stanley Hotel, Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Aspire Residences or Overlook Condos
  • A full-day of back country skiing, ice climbing or an avalanche safety course in the park
  • Transportation to and from the park
  • A sack lunch is provided
  • Entrance fees into the park
  • Basic gear provided (A/T ski and boot rental is not included)


Optional add-ons and customizations to the packages include making your adventure a full day, a culinary journey, sparkling wine & truffles, cookies & milk, fruit & cheese, a roll away bed, $50 dinner credit a Cascades or an Eldora lift ticket.



(Photo Credit: Rachel Estabrook)


Cascade Cottages sits on 42 acres of privately owned land just inside the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The collection of 14 cabins is by far the largest privately owned properties left inside the park's boundaries, but it won't be for long - soon the National Park Service will acquire the land they sit upon, thanks to a handshake-deal made back in 1941. 

The sole person overseeing the Cascade Cottages never intended to be 'last man standing.' Richard Sipe fell in love with Grace Davis, the woman who worked the front desk and whose parents were the original owners of the land and cabins. For nearly two dozen summers following their marriage the couple lived happily at Cascade, maintaining the cabins and befriending visitors.


(Photo Credit: Rachel Estabrook)


Sipe explains that his father-in-law wanted the property because he was a conservationist at heart and truly loved the outdoors. "His philosophy was that he wanted to be a friend of man and live by the side of the road, and he truly fulfilled that obligation," says Sipe.


(Photo Credit: Rachel Estabrook)


After Grace passed away in 2014, her remaining family members decided to sell the property. Between their own families and lives, they simply couldn't justify the maintenance and time required to keep the cabins running. Though certainly a bittersweet end to what became a big, beautiful part of his life, Sipe is at peace with the decision. "It's emotional, but I feel honored that I happened to be here."

Thanks to a promise and a handshake that Grace Davis' parents made decades ago, the National Park Service was given the first opportunity to buy when the family was ready. "I'm so thankful for the family and honoring the commitment that was apparently just a handshake between L.V. Davis and whoever was superintendent at that time. I don't even know who that was," Larry Gamble admits, as current Park's Chief of Planning and Compliance.


(Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Conservancy)


Grace Davis' family will receive $3.4 million in the purchase but the park will only shell out $1.65 million after the Rocky Mountain Conservancy had their say. The Trust for Public Land also assisted in paying the park's portion upfront. At this point, the sale is expected to be complete by spring of 2017.

Gamble cannot say with certainty what the park will do with the land, or even if the cabins will stay standing. But the park has assured it will ask for comments from the public before making any final decisions. "I can totally understand the incredible connections to this place," he says about Cascade Cottages. "It's surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, so it brought a lot of people here to an incredible setting and generations of attachments. And I can understand the sense of loss, and I think what we do offer is that it will be preserved for future generations to come and enjoy."


Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Vertical Camping

by Cory Dudley


Most of us have a bucket list, right? Things on our list include moving to a new place or country, getting married and starting a family, finally doing that open mic night we've been terrified of since our second grade solo went terribly awry.... But there's one unique to-do that should most definitely be on your bucket list. Why?

Because it's an experience that you can do an hour from home, and in Colorado it is accessible to both avid and experienced nature-lovers alike.


Meet cliff or 'vertical' camping


(Photo Credit: Daniel Gambino)


Cliff camping can be experienced on a vertical wall of the Rocky Mountains with the Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park. They offer adventure seekers the opportunity to camp overnight or join them for their "Just Lunch or Dinner", depending on your level of interest, commitment and desire for adrenaline.

KMAC was established in 1987 and has been offering rock climbing and mountaineering instruction for all ages since then, as well as outdoor education programs in nearby schools. All of their guides are known for their respected professional reputation and positive impact on students and guests of KMAC. Several are masters of Leave No Trace and Interpretation; all are certified Wilderness First Responders and trained/certified in uniform guide training.



First, you'll receive a tutorial in climbing and (hopefully) be declared ready by your guide. Then you'll begin to ascend up to the wall camp, which is high off the ground. Setting up your portaledge is next on your list of priorities, so that you can relax, have a snack and take in the beauty of the setting you find yourself in.

Food, refreshments and gear are supplied by KMAC so you need only concern yourself with personal and clothing items.



If you're taking part in the overnight experience, there will be time to get some additional climbing in before you settle down for the night. And if you're a star-lover, there's no better seat than one perched on the side of a sheer Rocky Mountain wall...



No need to simply take it from us, though - trust David  Ciani, General Manager of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.


"This was the best, most authentic guided adventure I have ever experienced."

- David Ciani, General Manager Stanley Hotel. Estes Park, CO



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