Estes Park, CO, Guide and Information


Estes Park, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Imagine life in the Rocky Mountains around the mid 1800s or even a little later. It was pretty darn rugged. And when travelers set out–mostly to do some trapping or to move from one place to the next for other reasons–it could be very rough going. There were very few established places of lodging outside of big cities and folks often relied upon the benevolence of strangers to take them in for a night or two, particularly if they were caught out in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm.

This way of life and so much more is richly described in the highly revered memoir–a travel memoir of sorts–by Englishwoman Isabella Bird. Anyone contemplating a trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park should read her book “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.” One of the best scenes in this masterpiece of Western literature recounts her ascent up Longs Peak with her guide known as Rocky Mountain Jim. Clad in a skirt and weighed down with a heavy dose of determination, Miss Bird clawed her way up this renowned mountain with the same grit as witnessed with today’s climbers. Thank goodness she had a guide.

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