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Is a two-night stay at an Airbnb enough time to see everything in Estes Park?

It is!

Estes Park, Colorado especially the downtown streets are walkable and manageable in a day. Perfect for dining. Shopping and seeing how locals do Estes. You can take the trolley to move you about town. Be sure to stop by the museum and many art galleries on the way in. 

We recommend an additional night or two to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s just so much bigger than you expect. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and sense the ruggedness of the park, Try the Wild Basin Entrance, Grand Lake side, or the Alpine Visitor Center. And on day two, take the shuttle bus in, parking is limited, to see Bear Lake with the iconic Hallett Peak.
See all our sample itineraries here.

Does Rocky Mountain National Park have Airbnbs?

There are a few family-run cabins in the Rocky Mountain National Park that are available for overnight stays. Check out our map results for more details.

What are the top things to do in Estes Park?

Begin here by checking out our Things to do page and then the itinerary

  1. RMNP – You have to check this off your list. You can’t come all the way up here and not make it into the Park. If you’re short on time and are looking for a walk-in friendly experience with great views. Head up Mary’s Lake road towards Lilly Lake. Park there. Walk the 1-mile loop around the lake. When you get to the back of the lake follow the trail another 300 yards and you’ll reach a clearing with a spectacular view of Estes Park, and the Rockies. Always a go-to any time of year.
  2. Eat & Shop – This goes without saying. Find your way downtown or even just outside of downtown for a micro-brew at RockCut Brewing or Lumpy Ridge Brewing. Top two places to grab a bite to eat. NotchTop for breakfast/lunch. Casa Grande along the Riverwalk for Mexican food. If it’s a steakhouse you’re after, please see our friends up the hill at TwinOwls Steakhouse, call ahead to reserve a table. You’ll thank us later.
    Shopping – (local tip park past downtown at the Performance Park parking lot and walk towards downtown, it’s far less crowded that way.) If you need gear, stop into Hyk, if you’re looking for art and decor you can’t go wrong at any one of the galleries peppered along Elk Horn Ave in Downtown Estes Park.
  3. Stanley – From a historical perspective and an all-around good time Stanley provides fun for all ages. Guided tours. Hedge Maze for the kids, museums, and galleries. Unique gift shop. Delicious dining and a world-class whisky bar. And of course lodging.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Estes Park?

Our favorite seasons in order – are summer, winter, fall, and then spring. It’s what we’re into; summer opens up the time to explore the backcountry. Climbing, Mountain biking. Trailing running. Fly fishing. All prime reasons to visit Estes Park, Colorado. Winter isn’t for the faint of heart. Wind. Ice. Snow Drifts. More Wind. Far few people in the National Park. Travel trends are like a bell curve up here. We love it because of the isolation, and challenge. Pack your AT set up, snow shoes, cross country skis, and get the stoke going. Fall = <3 Colors. And the anticipation of spring in May is palpable in town. Everyone is excited. Coming out of hibernation like the local bears and gets ready to have fun all summer. 

Which Airbnbs are closest to downtown Estes?

There is a handful (15) of short-term rentals available in Estes. We’d recommend booking early they go quick. Take a look at our downtown Estes Park filtered map

Which Airbnbs have the best view of the Rockies?

There really isn’t a bad spot in Estes that isn’t within a 2-minute walk to a breathtaking view. There are 2 places that come to mind in the greater Estes Park region (Estes Valley). The first is north of the town; near Lumpy Ridge. You’ll be staying in a place that’s elevated above the rest of the community and chances are higher that you do not have an obstructed view. Second is any private home in the Windcliff community. This community was developed with the sole purpose of kissing the rugged cliffs. You really can’t get any closer to the peaks than at Windcliff. Check out our map view for availability.


  • The Estes Park Team

    Hailing from Estes Park, our dedicated team of writers is deeply passionate about showcasing the charm and essence of our beloved community. With a shared love for our scenic surroundings and local culture, we diligently craft narratives that bring Estes Park's stories to life. Through our words, we aim to capture the spirit of our enchanting town nestled in the Rocky Mountains and share its unique tales with the world. As devoted residents and storytellers, we find joy in sharing the wonders of Estes Park through our collective voice.