Colorado Recruiting Zone - Estes Park

Estes Park Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1917
  • Tourism-based economy
  • Minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park


  • Population: 6555
  • Median Age: 45
  • Land Area: 6.98 square miles
  • County: Larimer


Environmental Attractions

  • Estes Park lies at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, which offers 355 miles of hiking trails, snowshoeing, fishing, rock climbing, and much more
  • 2 golf courses
  • 22 campgrounds in and around the area

Fun Facts

  • Estes Park features an annual Elk Fest, celebrating and teaching about the animals seen so often in the area. Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk in the wild during the rutting season, as well as expand their knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Elk Fest includes bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, live music, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American storytelling & music, a display of raptors, visits from Wolfwood Refuge & Rescue, and guided elk-viewing tours.

Arts & Culture

  • The Estes Park Museum was founded by volunteers in 1962. A division of the Community Services department of the Town of Estes Park, the Museum collects, interprets and preserves local history, as well as presents exhibits, programs and events, for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages.
  • Jazz Fest is one of the highlights of the springtime season, offering two days of great music and beautiful art. During the past 20 years the festival has featured internationally known jazz stars Benny Golson, Marlena Shaw, Don Braden, Angela Hagenbach, The Brubeck Brothers, Margo Reed, and Les McCann, among others.

Major Employers

  • Estes Park Medical Center
  • Estes Valley Recreation & Park District
  • Harmony Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • YMCA of the Rockies

Economic Development

  • The Estes Park Conference Center is a 20,000 square foot facility with an 8,000-sq.-ft. ballroom that accommodates groups of up to 1,000 people
  • Estes Park has a thriving business community that includes local radio and television stations, newspaper, medical center, an excellent library, first rate professionals and service people.