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Pre-Season for Summer in Estes Park


4 Activities to Beat the Summer Crowd

Just like “pre-season” at ski resorts can be the best time for winter sports, pre-season for summer in Estes Park can be the best time for your favorite outdoor activities!
May – early June is highlighted by cool yet warmer weather and snow cap runoff. Rivers and waterfalls are at their largest. Conditions are perfect for these activities you
won’t want to miss:

1. Fly Fishing

There’s nothing like beating the crowd and taking a fly fishing lesson to learn the tips and tricks to use for the whole fishing season. Cut throat and brown trout are common!
Front Range Anglers offer guided fly fishing trips throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Or if you choose to venture on your own be sure to check out the
fishing regulations as bait and catch rules vary per lake and river.

2. Whitewater Rafting

The sport is at it’s best in June for the Colorado River out of Grand Lake and the Cache La Poudre river from Fort Collins. Meet your group in Estes Park and use an in-town
guide at Rapid Transit Rafting. Or you can meet up with an excursion company in Grand Lake or Fort Collins.

3. Elk Calving Season

Explore the park and be sure not to miss the elk this time of year to see elk cows and their new babies. Photo safaris, bus and jeep tours are a great way to do some sightseeing.

4. Waterfall Hikes

With increased runoff in early summer, waterfalls will be at their largest. Ouzel Falls, Timberline Fall, Bridal Veil Falls and Alberta Falls are some of the most popular waterfalls to
see. Bridal Veil Falls is perfect for trail runners from the Cow Creek Trail head. Ouzel Falls offers a variety of waterfall sights along the way from the Wild Basin Trail head (including
Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascade). Alberta Falls is ideal for a mild adventure and Timberline Falls for the ambitious day hiker. For more detail on logistics, click here.


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