Estes Park History
According to archaeologists, the area has been a resort community for 10,000 years, attracting Ute and Arapaho Indian families for the summer. Drawn by the lure of pristine mountain surroundings, modern day visitors have included gunslingers, ranchers and inventors — one of whom was F. O. Stanley who opened his famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in 1909. More recently, Pope John Paul II visited the area in 1993 and the Emperor of Japan included Estes Park on his itinerary in 1994.
The name "Estes Park"
The word “park” in the name “Estes Park” comes from the geologic description of a glacially cut level valley between mountain ranges. “Estes” refers to one of the earliest settlers.
History in detail...
Estes Park Tourism Dates Back Thousands of Years
The first tourists to visit Estes Park were not from Texas, Kansas, New Jersey,
California or Nebraska. They did not arrive by car, in a bus, RV, motorcycle, bicycle or any other modern mode of
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