Many of my favorite towns are the gateway communities into National Parks – heck I live in one. Estes Park, Colorado is no exception, in fact, I think it might be the nicest community we have ever visited!
Estes Park has a big geographic advantage over many communities being located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, but there is much more to it. The main street through downtown (Elkhorn Avenue) is lined with trees and flowers, along with numerous park benches and drinking fountains. There isn’t any on street parking available on Elkhorn Ave, but there are plenty of public parking lots and an efficient shuttle service – keeping cars off the Main Street through downtown greatly improves the aesthetics, and it sure makes it easier to photograph!
Lots of cute little businesses front Elkhorn Ave., and the nearby Riverwalk path. The Riverwalk follows a scenic creek that meanders through town roughly parallel to Elkhorn Ave., and includes a nice walking path and numerous little parks and lots of little stores and restaurants. And to top it off, there is a large elk population right in town, including some large bulls!
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