Estes Park is a popular destination for a variety of special events. From attending a wedding at the Taharaa Mountain Lodge to stopping by the Stanley in hopes of catching up with your great, great uncle, it’s a small town that packs a giant punch. Of course, Mother’s Day is among the most popular times to head for the hills and the elk-laden grounds. And for good reason: Estes Park is flush with activities that make this day extra special. To impress your mom, consider doing the following:

Plan a Candy Shop Tour

Mother’s Day doesn’t have a monopoly on chocolate; thankfully, we can go crazy for cocoa whether it’s a holiday or a Tuesday. Still, there is something about showering your mother with sweet (and semi-sweet) morsels that seems fitting. 

With many candy shops to choose from, Estes Park has your back. Create your own candy shop tour and make it a delightful day for your mom, your sweet tooth, and, eventually, your dentist. 

Take a Hike

While there are numerous trails in Estes Park (and you can even make a strong case for hiking around Main Street), the Emerald Lake trail is one of the most popular. Nestled inside Rocky Mountain National Park, this three-mile hike typically takes around an hour and a half to complete. It’s generally considered easy, due to the relative lack of elevation gain, and it’s full of visual magic. From wildlife sightings to fields of flowers, from mountainous peaks to emerald water, this hike has it all. The only thing missing is you. 

Go for a Drive

The Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway is the oldest byway in the state, established in 1918. It winds along the Continental Divide, taking you by ghost towns, mines, and Victorian-era architecture. Enjoy panoramic views of Longs Peak, Roosevelt National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Forest, and more. 

Dine in Style

Looking for a mouthwatering meal and breathtaking scenery? The Taharaa Mountain Lodge delivers. The Twin Owls Steakhouse features an extensive menu of filet mignon, beef sirloin, salmon, elk, ribeye, bison, sea scallops, lobster tail, and more. If you’re looking to dine in style on May 14th, it offers the mother load. 

Get Back in the Saddle

Estes Park is highly regarded for its horseback riding, largely due to its ability to take riders through one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces. You can choose from short tours and lengthy ones (there are even overnight options!) and pick a trail based on your desired destination. Riders are treated to majestic landscapes, plenty of sunshine, and wildlife all around. Make your heyday a hay day. 

No matter what you’re after, a relaxing afternoon or a stimulating meal, Estes Park doesn’t disappoint. It offers all sorts of ways to make your devoted mom feel special on the day devoted to her.

Taharaa Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to stay when visiting Estes Park. Tucked away from the rush and bustle of downtown Estes and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we provide a lodging experience sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Contact us to learn more.