Estes Park Winter Festival (Jan. 14-17, 2011)

I recently met a couple from Switzerland who said that Estes Park, Colorado reminded them of their home country. Estes Park is a charming little town nestled among snow-capped peaks and I can think of no better place for a Winter festival.

The 2nd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival is a four-day extravaganza, has everything a winter festival should have and more. The event kicks off on Friday evening with cowboy poetry, smores and a dessert bar at Historic Crags Lodge. This is a free event. For info on the lodge visit

Also on Friday and Saturday the Estes Park Memorial Observatory will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit to learn about the observatory. Participation is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.

On Saturday and Sunday there’s a never ending list of things to do including an interactive ice castle, a chili cook-off, wine and beer tasting, live music, and merchant and artists.

Most of the action during the festival occur in Bond Park and while most of the attractions are free just $5 gets you access to all the activities in the park. Horse and carriage rides will be available to transport people from downtown Estes to Bond Park.

The Estes Park Winter Festival is the perfect event for everyone!

Winter Trails Day 2010 (photo from Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook)

Of special note”¦

On Saturday, January 15, Estes Park celebrates Winter Trails Day. This event occurs at 100 resorts and Nordic centers around the country. It gives adults and children the chance to try out snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free. In Estes the event will take place at Rocky Mountain National Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drive to the park entrance to get directions. For more information about Winter Trails Day, visit their website.

The details”¦

The Estes Park Winter Festival runs January 14-17, 2011. For a full list of events and entertainment visit You can also find the festival on Facebook here.



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