We'll meet in downtown Estes Park, at the Enos Mills statue in Bond Park, where I will explain his importance to the area and how he came to be known as the "Father of Rocky Mountain National Park." Then, we'll take a short 1-mile hike through the Knoll-Willows and up to the ruins of the Birch cabin, situated above Estes Park. The walk includes panoramic views of the Continental Divide, Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, a birds-eye view of downtown Estes Park, and a stunning angle of the Stanley Hotel. All of these subjects will be covered in this unique history/natural resource interpretive experience. Water will be provided to each guest and there are plenty of benches to rest and take in the stunning views. After spending time on "The Knoll," we will descend back to Bond Park on the same, or a similar path. This is an easy hike, but does contain some elevation gain. Those with physical disabilities or wishing to have a customized tour can be accommodated, just ask!
I am a local historian who has spent nearly a decade studying and writing about the rich homesteading and natural resource history of Estes Park, located near Rocky Mountain National Park. I have written and produced two stage plays about Estes Park's earliest history as well as dozens of published articles on the area's historical developments. In addition, I have been a hospitality professional for more than three decades, specializing in concierge services. Let me show you Estes Park's history as we walk through in the same steps people have for more than 10,000 years.
Water bottles will be provided to all participants, they must carry it themselves.
Bond Park - located in the center of Estes Park's downtown, this meeting and picnic area is often used for events and other activities. Knoll-Willows - designated open space and an easy hike to a historical landmark with stunning views of Estes Park Birch Cabin - built after the Birch house on the top of the Knoll burned down in 1907 Birch Ruins - a historic structure that burned down leaving only on the stonework soon after it was built.
Weather-appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.
This is not a difficult hike, and one I've taken in all kinds of weather, year-round. It's only 137 feet in elevation and there are plenty of places to rest along the way.
A walk through history in Estes Park