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Estes Park in November Guide

Late Fall is a truly magnificent time in the mountains, and one of our favorite times of year. Everything seems to slow down a bit. Although some of the hiking that is accessible in the summer months may require snowshoes or spikes, you cannot beat the wide open trails and charm of fresh snow on the pines. We also recommend filling your trip some local events that will give you a peek into of the spirit of this sparkling mountain town. 

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Hiking/Snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park is home to Rocky Mountain National Park. Perhaps the largest benefit of visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in November is the low visitor numbers. In a month’s time visitors drop down to less than half what they are in October. Depending on recent snowfall and snowpack you may need to bring snowshoes or cross country skis. Heading out to Rocky in November offers an opportunity to hike on empty trails surrounded by snowy pines. It is important to be prepared for road closures within the park. Trail Ridge Road closes beginning at Many Parks Curve in mid-October. It is vital to keep an eye on the ever-changing mountain weather this time of year. You can check the most current road conditions in the Park here.

Other Things To Do

Visit Chapel on the Rocks

Located right down the road from us here at Tahara, is the stunning, Chapel on the Rocks. Mount Meeker towers above the Chapel making for a beautiful view. If able, take a step inside and admire the incredible stonework. Check here for tour information.

Dinner Twin Owls Steakhouse

For the past two decades, the Twin Owls Steakhouse has offered a premier fine dining and event experience for our guests and our weddings. We provide an extensive list of incredible food, as well as an expertly-curated wine list. Many of our dishes include locally sourced ingredients so that every dish is unique. 

Embrace with Snow with Sledding at Hidden Valley and a Snow Angel at Bear Lake

If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, drive right to the Bear Lake trailhead. After a quick half mile walk to the lake, visitors are greeted with stunning views of Hallett Peak which sits at 12,713 ft. and Longs Peak which towers at 14,259 ft. Enjoy trouncing around a frozen lake and don’t leave without that snow angel photo op! 

Additionally, you cannot beat sledding among the incredible peaks and towering trees. Head to Hidden Valley Snow Park inside Rocky Mountain National Park via Beaver Meadows Entrance. Drive Trail Ridge Road to the Hidden Valley parking lot. The sledding hill is open from 10:00 am to 4 pm every day. Sled rental is available in Estes Park at several locations including the Estes Park Mountain Shop as well as The Warming House. 

November Events

Pumpkins, Pints and Painting workshop on November 17th

Head on down to a local favorite watering hole. From our friends at The Creativity Cabin and  The Barrel comes the Pumpkins, Pints & Painting Workshop. Take home your masterpiece as shipping is available, too!  Supplies are available for purchase. 

The Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 19th

Enjoy the best Holiday season kickoff with fun live music from Cowboy Brad while sipping hot chocolate. Santa will make an appearance and there are plenty of crafts and goodies for the kiddos. Estes Mayor Wendy Koenig will welcome in the holiday season at 5:30pm with the lighting of the trees. Find out more here

Turkey Trot 5K on November 24th 

If you are joining Estes for Thanksgiving festivities be sure to check out the Annual Turkey Trot. The YMCA of the Rockies is hosting a free Trot with donations accepted to support the Y’s Summer Day Camp Scholarship program.  Register here.

Catch the Glow Parade on November 25th 

Continue your Holiday weekend with the Glow Parade. This is an annual event takes hat showcases marching bands paired with custom floats ending with an appearance from Santa himself. Starting at 5:30pm, downtown Estes will be illuminated with a whimsical welcome to the holiday season!  Find out information more.

Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival on November 26th 

Winos rejoice! This annual favorite event features over 100 wines available for tasting. Both local and regional wineries come together in Estes Park for a fun and memorable day starting at 11:00am.  Your admission ticket comes with souvenir wine glass tote and all of tastings your palate desires. Tickets here!

Support Small Business Saturday in Estes Park on November 26th 

A day to support local, brick and mortar and independent businesses. Here is a nice list of local shops for your perusing and holiday gift planning.