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Head to Estes Park this weekend for Winter Festival and Earth Fest

Winter greenery of Estes Park
Winter greenery of Estes Park
photo by Gigi Ragland

For a fun winter weekend close to home with an eco-focus, Estes Park is the place to be. This Friday, January 15th - Sunday, January 17th Estes Park hosts their annual Winter Festival. Earth Fest celebration will be held concurrently, complete with guest speakers, events and vendors.

Opening night on Friday the 15th of Earth Fest features Ken Burn's "The National Park's: America's Best Idea" film in Concert Hall of The Stanley Hotel followed by storytelling and dances of Universal Peace in the Manor House. While the remainder of the weekend is filled with workshops for Earth Fest attendees.

Saturday, January 16th, during Winter Trails Day, folks can try out snowshoes from a variety of manufacturers to see which brand suits them best. Winter Trails is sponsored by the national Winter Trails organization in Rocky Mountain National Park. Both of these special events are rounded out by a Winter Festival with activities throughout Estes Park on all three days.

Like cowboys and ghost stories? Like free events? Well head over to historic Crags Lodge on Friday, January 15th at 6:30pm for cowboy poetry, ghost stories with smores and refreshments. In addition, live evening music in clubs and dining establishments will fill up a night on the town. While there's plenty of events from snowshoeing in RMNP to going on a scavenger hunt for the prize elk and more to keep everybody busy during the day.

From Denver:
Interstate 25 north to U.S. Highway 36 through Boulder, to Lyons and Estes Park, or Interstate 25 to the Rocky Mountain National Park exit 243 (Colorado 66 to U.S. Highway 36), then west to Estes Park.

From Interstate 25/Longmont:
At Rocky Mountain National Park exit 243, Colorado 66 west to Lyons, U.S. Highway 36 to Estes Park.

From Interstate 25/Loveland:
U. S. Highway 34 west through the Big Thompson Canyon.

Estes Park Winter Trails Directions:
Enter Rocky Mountain National Park through the south entrance on Hwy 36. Turn left onto Bear Lake Road. Travel approximately 6 miles on Bear Lake Road and turn right into the Park and Ride lot across from Glacier Basin Campground.



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