News and Events from Estes Park, Colorado

Welcome to the official Alpine Trail Ridge Inn blog. Here you’ll be able to find news and ideas for things to do here in beautiful Estes Park. Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsman or one more suited for the spa, there’s something for everyone when you take a trip to our sunny location in northern Colorado. Here on our blog, we’ll update you with the best that the area has to offer and inspire your vacation plans as you’re looking for hotels in Estes Park.

Where to see fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall time in Estes Park. That time of year when the air is crisp, sounds of elk bugling fill the valley floor, and the trees become vibrant paintbrushes, coloring the landscapes around us. One of the best places to see this colorful connection between the seasons is right here in Estes Park. We know where to see the fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park, so grab your camera and head to capture fall’s...

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Image of Big horn sheep Rocky Mountains

Seeing wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park is just as thrilling as seeing the breathtaking landscape of the Rockies. Read further for different wildlife you might encounter when visiting the park.

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Summer hikes near Estes Park are popular but become even more special during wildflower season. With colorful blooms and jagged mountain peaks in the background, summer in the Rockies is perfectly picturesque. So, don’t forget to stop and admire the flowers and use our guide to the best wildflower hikes near Estes Park.


Cub Lake

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 6.1-mile loop trail


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Snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Check out our top 14 snowshoeing trails in Rocky Mountain National Park with a mix of trail difficulty for beginners and experts alike.

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Rocky Mountain National Park: Fee-free days

Plan your 2018 Estes Park vacation around the fee-free entry days to Rocky Mountain National Park this year!

Each year, the National Park Service offers free entry days into the parks around United States public holidays or Park-related celebrations. It’s a great way to make your Estes Park getaway even more affordable and take advantage of the free things to do inside the park like snowshoeing, hiking, or...

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  • Wednesday, January 03, 2018
  • Holidays
Hallett Peak

Since we’re approaching the holiday of giving thanks, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our guests who called Alpine Trail Ridge Inn their home away from home in Estes Park this year. 

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1 Queen bed with rustic décor

As we get ready to welcome the New Year, we hope you’re ready to welcome some of our upgrades we’ve been making for our guests in 2017!

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Male elk fighting in Estes Park

While everyone else is gearing up for Halloween in October, Estes Park locals are preparing for “Elktober.” Of course the vibrant fall foliage and golden aspens make a trip to the Rockies quite desirable this time of year; another draw for the town is the annual elk rut and bugling you’ll hear throughout the region.

In October, our elk population begins showing its mating calls and behaviors, some of which...

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Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park

Seeing the aspens turn golden and the warm hues take over the mountain ranges is quite the sight in Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you come to hike the Park or simply enjoy the colors from the comforts of your vehicle, you won’t be disappointed by nature’s dazzling display in the Rockies this fall.


Get up close to the changing colors as you explore the Park’s trails by foot. With an excellent...

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OK, not exactly hidden but these trails see fewer crowds during the summer and are amazing summer hikes near Estes Park! Now, we will preface this blog by saying that the western portion of the park tends to have fewer visitors, which does entail quite a drive to get there, but is also quite worth it.

We’ll cover a few hidden gems on both the eastern and western side of Rocky Mountain National Park to find...

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With Estes Park’s easy access to a variety of trail systems, it’s no surprise that hiking is a number one activity around here – for both locals and visitors alike. Luckily for us, we can just stop down at Sundeck Restaurant for a hearty and healthy breakfast before hitting the trails, but many of our guests enjoy getting an early start when there’s still parking, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite...

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Snow capped mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park

We love when our guests ask us for tips on where to go or what to do to experience Estes Park like a local and we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 activities and attractions we still love after so many years in Estes Park.

    Open Air Adventure Park is one of our favorite places in the summer in Estes Park and a great facility if you like to challenge yourself. This aerial adventure is 21 feet above the...

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