Estes Park

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Like much of this area of the country, Estes Park was heavily influenced by the gold rush of the 1850’s. this town was one of the many places prospectors and explorers came to in search of riches. Most of these individuals came from out east when they saw the news about all the gold out west. Estes Park is a small mountain town in western Colorado, located in Larimer County. The town is part of the Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the country’s 58 national parks. It is located 22.3 miles west of the town of Lyons via U.S Highway 36. One can also take U.S highway 7 from downtown Lyons for a slightly longer route. Using Highway 36, it is approximately a 30-minute drive. Highway 7 would be considered the long scenic route to the town, almost …show more content…
Estes is for the most part, a summer resort town. The town is a touristy place during the summer. Some individuals approach Estes to take part in the many activities, such as fishing or camping. Others are seeking to enjoy an afternoon strolling and shopping away from the summer heat. Most mountain towns in this region of Colorado are small and historic, but lack the level of tourism that Estes Park possesses. The closest town similar to Estes would be Black Hawk with all of its’ casinos. Other than that, Estes Park is unique with all of its’ music festivals and both of its’ nearby lakes. Estes Park is somewhat of a mix of two things. It is small enough for quiet small town life, but big enough to the point where there are plenty of activities to become involved in. that balance between big and small is what keeps the town of Estes Park alive and …show more content…
The park was officially founded on September fourth 1915, 101 years ago. This is all thanks to individuals such as Enos Mills. Mills was a naturalist who focused his efforts into the area of conservation. According to chapter two of The Rocky Mountain Administrative History, “Before 1915, he had established his reputation as a naturalist, conservationist, author, and publicist, especially of the Estes Park region. (National Park Service) Mills began a conservation campaign in 1909, spreading word about opening the park until 1915, when Rock Mountain became the tenth park of the United States. Estes park is the gate to the park; it is located on the eastern outskirts. It is the only major town near the park other than Grand Lake, which is on the western outskirts. A large amount of tourists visit the park every year. Since Estes is one of the entrances to the park, there is a constant influx of tourists in town as well. Because of this, Enos Mills and all the people who aided him in opening the park, are significant to Estes

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