Estes Park Lodging Ideas for
Your Hiking Vacation

I have personally visited every Estes Park lodging that you see here including Estes Park cabins, hotels, and pet friendly lodging.

This way, I can give you my personal experience of them so that when you're looking into Estes Park lodging, you'll have more insight than you normally would.

I hope this information will help you find a place that you'll be happy with.

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. But if you're looking for fewer people and lower prices, then the best time to visit is from about mid October to about mid May. That's when Estes Park lodging rates are usually lower.

Here's another hint about Estes Park lodging rates: check the online rates, especially at the chain hotels since they can sometimes be cheaper. Also check the websites of the independent properties that you're interested in since they sometimes have deals that are only available through their websites.

If you want to check out the online rates, or are ready to book your hotel, you can do that in the below search box, which I'm partnering with. They use a "book now, pay later" model, which we really like because it means that if our plans change, we can cancel without having the hassle of trying to get our money back.

Yet another way to save some money on your Estes Park lodging rates is to stay during the week if you can. This is usually from Sunday through Thursday nights although some properties might do this from Monday through Wednesday nights. Each one is different, so if you're interested in checking this out, it's best to call ahead.

Do you have a AAA membership? If so, don't forget to take advantage of it. It's another way that you can bring down your Estes Park lodging rates and as you probably know, every little bit helps!

Or how about AARP? If you happen to have a membership there, don't forget to use it. As you can see, there are lots of little ways that your Estes Park lodging rates can be made to look a little better!

So, without further ado, here's what I have for you so far in the way of Estes Park lodging:

1) Wildwood Inn: this is a great place that I like because it borders Rocky Mountain National Park which means that you'll often find wildlife right on the property.

We visited several of the cabins and each one was clean and had a king size bed, a small kitchen, a fireplace with wood that you could use, T.V. with DVD player, hair dryers in the bathroom, and there was a small table, chairs, and Weber grill outside each cabin.

Another nice thing here is that they have a hot tub where you can schedule your own private time, which is always nice. Also, we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. In fact, we found this to be the case at each Estes Park lodging that we visited, so I won't keep repeating it.

Directions to the Wildwood Inn can be found on their website. Here it is, and their phone number is: (970)-586-7804.

2) Streamside on Fall River: my favorite two things about these cabins are that they are set further back from the main road, and that several of them sit right next to the stream. We were told that these cabins are mainly for couples and this is another place where wildlife is often found on the property.

We visited a couple of the cabins and found them to be clean and bright. They each had a small kitchen, gas fireplace, T.V. with DVD player, (good selection of free movies at the office), and each one had its own private deck with a gas grill.

The property consists of 17 acres of wooded setting and they even have their own hiking trail. During winter, the staff will provide you with free snowshoes if you're interested. Try them, you'll like them!

Directions to Streamside on Fall River can be found on their website right here, and their phone numbers are: 1-800-321-3303 or (970)-586-6464.

3) The Estes Park Resort: the best thing about The Estes Park Resort is that it sits right on the shore of Lake Estes. You can't miss it on your way into Estes Park because it's the only big building next to the lake. The rooms here are great because you either get a room that's on the lake side, or you get a room that's on the mountain side, so either way, you win.

We visited a couple of the lake side rooms and found them to be very nice. They each had patios that look out onto the lake and the mountains beyond. Otherwise, they also included small refrigerators, T.V., coffee makers, and hair dryers. The Estes Park Resort also has its own restaurant, (Waterfront Grille), which is not to be missed.

Here are directions to The Estes Park Resort: follow Hwy. 36 to the second stop light in Estes Park. Turn right onto Big Thompson Ave., which is also called Hwy. 34. Follow this road until you see The Estes Park Resort on your right. For more info, click here to see their website.

The following properties are pet friendly:

1) McGregor Mountain Lodge: this wonderful Estes Park lodge also borders the national park which, once again, means you'll often find wildlife right on the property.

We stayed in one of the cottages here and found it to be clean and quiet. It included a small kitchen, T.V., free popcorn, fireplace with wood that you can actually use, and there were bird feeders outside each cottage that were very popular with the birds.

There is also a hot tub here, and you can schedule a time to use it so that no one else will bother you while you're enjoying it.

Directions to McGregor Mountain Lodge can be found on their website. Click here to go there. Their phone numbers are: 1-800-835-8439 or (970)-586-3457.

Please note: the following hotel, (The Ridgeline Hotel), was previously known as the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. It has now been renovated and given a new name. I will be updating the information about it soon, but in the meantime, feel free to look it up on the search box which is further up the page, on this page. (You can find it there under its new name.)

2) The Ridgeline Hotel: if you prefer chain hotels, this is a good one. You'll find that the rates are cheaper here than what you find at independent properties. I asked what their current rates were and later, checked their online rates. The online rates were cheaper so I suggest that if you'd like to stay here, book online.

We visited a couple of the rooms, and they were clean and had everything that you would normally expect from a chain hotel including hair dryers in the bathroom. Of course, they have nice views of the surrounding mountains since the building is several stories high. This property includes an indoor pool and hot tub, and even has its own restaurant, (Longz Mountain Grill), which I've reviewed on this page.

Directions to the Ridgeline Hotel are: follow Hwy. 36 to your first stop light in Estes Park. This cross street is Hwy. 7 and is also called South St. Vrain Ave. Turn left onto this road then turn immediately right into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn. You'll see the big sign.

Click here to see their website.  And their direct phone number is: (970)-586-2332.

3) Castle Mountain Lodge: this great Estes Park lodge has 35 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Besides being great for wildlife watching, they are also situated on Fall River. So if you like being near a river, this is a good place to stay.

Castle Mountain Lodge consists of cottages, suites, and rooms; and we visited one of the cottages. It was very nice.

Among the many highlights we found here were: gas log fireplace, two decks, barbecue, picnic table, whirlpool tub, and DVD player. Otherwise, there was a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, and refrigerator. The two bedrooms have queen beds and one of them has that whirlpool tub I already mentioned. Enjoy!

Directions to this wonderful Estes Park lodge are: follow Hwy. 36 west to the second stop light in Estes Park. Then go straight through the intersection. You'll be on Fall River Rd. which is also Hwy. 34 west. It'll be just beyond Nicky's Resort, on your left hand side. Watch for the bridge that crosses Fall River, leading to their property.

Here's a link to their website and their phone numbers are: 1-800-852-7463 or 970-586-3664.

4) Colorado Cottages: these cottages are approximately 100 years old and yet they are well maintained and charming. They are located just one mile east of the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and they are also within walking distance of groceries and restaurants. Very convenient!

We visited several of these cottages and they were bright and cheery. Each one had a wood burning fireplace, (you receive one free bundle of wood on arrival), kitchenette with microwave or full kitchen, queen beds, T.V., and a small in-room library. Outside each cottage was a BBQ and picnic table.

All of these cottages are non smoking and if you'd like to stay here, the directions are: follow Hwy. 36 west through Estes Park, and be looking for the street sign saying High Drive. You'll see it on your right at the stop light on Mary's Lake Rd., which goes left. Turn right onto High Dr. and Colorado Cottages will be right there to greet you.

If you'd like to visit their website, here's a link to it. Their phone numbers are: 970-586-4637 or 970-999-2293.

5) Timber Creek Chalets: this Estes Park lodging consists of cabins and suites, and is situated on eleven acres of wooded mountainside. Frequent wildlife visitors include deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and foxes, among many others. There is also an outdoor heated pool, and a large outdoor hot tub to enjoy after a good day of hiking.

We visited a small and a larger suite. The small one was like a motel room and had a king size bed, small refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. The larger one had a queen bed, twin sleeper sofa, wood burning fireplace, and kitchen. They also had their own private patios, including a gas grill. Happy eating!

Directions to Timber Creek Chalets can be found here, and their phone numbers are: 1-800-764-4308 and 970-586-8803.

This collection of Estes Park lodging ideas is what I have for you so far. I'll be adding more properties from time to time, so as I've said before, keep checking back.

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