The Estes Valley is home to 5 very different small mountain town communities – Estes Park, Glen Haven, Drake, Allenspark, Lyons, and Pinewood Springs. Each has its own flavor, sense of community and unique relationship to the mountains, rivers and natural history. Tom knows all of these areas and the entire valley and canyons intimately. He looks forward to being your guide to those hidden treasures that you might never find on your own.
Estes Park serves as the primary basecamp for Rocky Mountain National Park and the Roosevelt National Forest. The mountain village of Estes Park offers all the modern amenities you need with the mountain flare and hometown hospitality you’re looking for. Estes Park has a reputation for unique wilderness activities, which means you’ll find the local experts, the right gear and the guided excursions to get both the novice and the pro out exploring.
Estes is the business and residential hub for the Estes Valley. It’s a vibrant mountain community! Our historic downtown has served the Rocky Mountain visitor and resident for over a century. Most daily living services (medical care, groceries, hardware, banking, library, shopping) are centralized here in Estes Park. A vibrant arts and culture, great restaurants and breweries and the charming RiverWalk make Estes a delightful home.
Glen Haven is an unincorporated village charmer, anchored by the Glen Haven General Store, known for its legendary cinnamon rolls. A small village, sprinkled along the banks and valleys of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River, located 7 miles outside of Estes Park on Devil’s Gulch Road. Dropping down the switchbacks to Glen Haven is like entering a different world, one that will take your cares away…
Drake has been able to maintain its small-town appeal, despite being on the main canyon road from the Front Range. Bed and breakfasts, friendly shops and other quaint diversions are the town’s hallmark. When driving to or from Drake, be sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, the Colorado state animal. It’s a common visitor to the area. In addition to this nimble animal, experienced rock climbers also find adventure in the jagged canyon walls near town. If you’re looking for a comfortable respite with easy access to some of Colorado’s best natural features, it’s wise to consider the tiny town of Drake. It has amazing properties along the banks of the Big Thompson River. Fly-fishing Heaven!
Established in 1918, this scenic town (think Northern Exposure and a resident moose) shows the way to some of Colorado’s most famous and beautiful areas. Sitting at the base of craggy, 14,255-foot Longs Peak, Allenspark homes are built in high alpine meadows, glacial basins and deep pine forests. Allenspark sits at the national park’s southeast corner, along the breathtaking Peak-to-Peak Highway. The highway itself is 55 miles of curves and scenery rivaling the postcards from Estes Park, 12 miles to the north.
This hip, little community is known as the Double Gateway to the Rockies for its dual highways that take you up the North and South St. Vrain Canyons to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, just 20 miles up HWY 36. Halfway up the canyon drive is Pinewood Springs. A lovely mountain meadow filled with cabins and lodges, with easy access to Estes Park and to Boulder and the Front Range.
A mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and musicians, Lyons has a variety of things to offer. Many restaurants, bars and coffeehouses feature live music, and the town has become popular for its music festivals. As Boulder home prices continue to rise out of reach, the Lyons area is becoming a charming alternative.