Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, September 5, 2009

Estes Park, September 5, 2009

Located in Larimer County, Colorado, Estes Park is a popular summer resort and the eastern entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park.  The town lies along the Big Thompson River.  It is named after Joel Estes, who founded the town in 1859.

Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous road in the United States, runs from Estes Park through Rocky Mountain National park to Grand Lake on the western side of the continental divide.

The town suffered severe damage in July 1982 from flooding caused by the failure of Lawn Lake Dam.  In October, 2009, a fire in the Park Theatre Mall – caused by a natural gas water heater in a small closet – destroyed eleven businesses and several apartments. The building had been built in 1914 to house Stanley Steamers.

Gallery: Estes Park and then up to Trail Ridge – September 5, 2009

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