Estes Park, Colorado, located 90 miles northwest of Denver, is known as The Gateway to The Rockies. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859. Estes moved his family there in 1863, but it was Griff Evans who put it on the map. He and his family came to Estes Park in 1867 to act as caretakers for the former Estes ranch. Recognizing the potential for tourism, he began building cabins to accommodate travelers. Soon it was known as the first dude ranch in Estes Park, with guides for hunting, fishing, and mountaineering.
Teeming with elk, deer, bighorn sheep, black bear and much more, it is also full of culture with plenty of shopping, fun festivals that celebrate each season, and plenty of opportunity to reconnect with your family and create priceless memories. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures, with summer highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 40s, make ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and wildlife- and bird- watching.Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences. With its scenic riverwalk alongside the Big Thompston River and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, Estes entices vacationers to linger as long they want. Elkhorn Avenue is the town’s bustling main thoroughfare. You will find more than 200 retail stores, a good restaurant scene and an annual event calendar that rivals any mountain town in the state.
A Diamond Resorts International property, “The Crags” is an RCI-affiliated Silver Crown resort ideally located in the heart of Estes Park on the north side of Prospect Mountain. Only 3 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, it is minutes from Red Rose Rock Shop and Dick’s Rock Museum and Estes Park Aerial Tramway and within close proximity of Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, Historic Park Theatre and other area attractions.
The Crags first opened its doors on the fourth of July 1914, making it the third oldest lodge in Estes Park. The founder, Joe Mills and his brother Enos, played a large part in establishing The Rocky Mountain National Park.
The resort offers affordable luxury and comfort in studio, one- or two-bedroom accommodations featuring a queen size bed, sleeper sofa and a well-appointed bathroom. Enjoy the convenience of the fully-equipped kitchen, cable television, flat screen TV, DVD/VCR player, and on-site complimentary laundry facilities.
Amenities also include a bar and lounge as well as an onsite Restaurant, The View, which is open for dinner 7 days a week, 5pm to 9pm, from mid-May to mid-October. It boasts a casual fine-dining atmosphere overlooking Estes Park and takes its name from its spectacular view through a 90-foot wall of French pane windows. Decorated with the original Old Hickory Furniture Company tables and chairs Enoch “Joe” Mills purchased for the lodge in 1914, the View is the perfect place for a relaxing dinner. (It’s also a favorite place for weddings.) Reservations are not necessary but always recommended.
Discover The Historic Crags Lodge and become a part of an ongoing family history that began more than 100 years ago. Historic Crags Lodge is the kind of place you can return to time and time again, so you will always “Stay Vacationed.(TM)”
Diamond Resorts International(R)(DRII), with its network of more than 330 vacation destinations located in 34 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world.
Websites you might find helpful:
- https://www.diamondresorts.com/The-Historic-Crags-Lodge – The resort’s web pages
- http://www.visitestespark.com/ – The official guide to Estes Park
- http://www.visitestespark.com/maps-and-info/web-cams/ – Area web cams
- http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60945-Estes_Park_Colorado-Vacations.html – Tripadvisor
- http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/estes-park – Colorado.com shows you Estes Park
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