What to do in Estes Park, Colorado
Fishing - right outside your cabinHead down the river on the trail that leads right in front of the cabins to spot brown and speckled trout. Dive in to cool off or grab your fishing poles for some fly fishing.
Fishing licenses can be purchased by going to:
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
You can also call 1-800-244-5613.
Credit cards are accepted for phone and internet purchases.
What you will need to buy a license:
1. Current and valid photo ID
2. For Colorado residents, proof of residency
3. Habitat Stamp
Colorado waters are open to taking fish, amphibians and crustaceans day and night, year round, except as otherwise stated in the regulation you will find on the website of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Special regulations for fishing waters on the Big Thompson River – Larimer County are as follows:
- You must use artificial flies and lures only.
- Trout must be returned to water immediately.
So don’t forget to bring your lures and fly fishing poles. There are many stores in Estes Park and along the Big Thompson River where you can pick up your fishing supplies, if you prefer.
Want to fish for free? Residents and non-residents can fish without a license or Habitat Stamp on the first full weekend of June each year. All other rules and regulations apply. So book your cabin early for that weekend because our cabins fill up fast! Check availability here.
Suit up - enjoy the Hot TubsDon’t forget to bring your bathing suit for all seasons. We have five hot tubs on site with four of them being private to cabins 1, 3, 5 and 8. We have a big community hot tub for the other four cabins that overlooks the Big Thompson River.
Hiking - the Rocky Mountain trails from your cabin doorMake sure you check out the trails right outside your cabin. We have paths marked from easy to expert. You will find a map of them in your cabin.
If you get tired on your way up, we have benches and picnic tables for you to catch your breath. Bring your camera along because the view of Estes Park from the top of the mountain is amazing.
After you have made your reservation, check out the link above to plan all your hikes in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.
WildlifeWatch out for the wildlife right here at Rustic River Cabins. We have chipmunks that can catch you off guard when darting across the grounds. Our friendly, non-poisonous snake, Rusty, lives near the path on the way down to the river. He does not show himself to people much so it is a rare occasion when you find him sun-bathing on the deck. The rabbits love to eat the wild flowers and grass around the grounds.
Since our cabins reside on 16 acres, you may have a chance to see elk walking right through Rustic River Cabins. Oh course, the golf course in Estes Park near Estes Lake is one of the best places to see elk. In late summer and early fall, the lower meadows of Rocky Mountain National Park is also a great place to see herds of elk.
The only kind of bears in Estes Park and Rocky National Park are black bears. Here at Rustic River Cabins, they come down to the river to fish and drink. Make sure to take all the food you brought out of your car as soon as you arrive. Black bears have been known to smash windows to get to food. And make sure you pick up all food when you finish grilling. A phrase the locals like to use is, “a fed bear is a dead bear”. So let’s help keep the black bears wild.
Rocky Mountain National ParkPlan your day trips to the Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Service
Family ReunionsGather ‘round: Rustic River Cabins would love to be your home for family reunions. You can reserve all seven cabins or just a couple for your family to enjoy.
Fun ActivitiesGot S’mores? We have an outdoor fire pit to roast S’mores with the little (and big) kids. Our beautiful deck overlooks the Big Thompson River and has tables and chairs so you can enjoy visiting with family and friends while stargazing under the beautiful Colorado night sky.
Family Game NightWe provide fun family games on site, including playing cards, checkers, and a fast-paced game called “Left, Right, Center” that’s easy to play…and the kids love it. We also offer a set of cast iron horseshoes and would be happy to help you set up a game.
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