About the Estes Park Events Complex
The Estes Park Events Complex is owned by the Town of Estes Park. It is operated by the Events Division of the Community Services Department, and consists of multiple venues and staff members. A majority of our staff works out of the Events Complex office in the newly-constructed Event Center. This building, which includes the silo, is on the same property as the grandstands and equine facilities.
In addition to all venues on this property, our staff also coordinates events occurring at Bond Park, Performance Park, Baldwin Park, and the George Hix Riverside Plaza, all of which are located in or near downtown Estes Park.
Our team is responsible for coordinating several Town-sponsored, "Signature Events" such as Elk Fest and Winter Festival. We also work with event organizers to help them plan and host their events at our venues.
Tranquil Estes Park, Nestled in the Rockies
Located just 90 minutes northwest of Denver, our quaint mountain village is an alpine oasis of natural wonder, outdoor recreation, and postcard-worthy scenery. All this makes Estes Park Village the most popular place for a mountain vacation in Colorado. From skiing and snowshoeing, to fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife watching, it's all right here.
William Byers, editor of the Rocky Mountain News, first applied the name "Estes Park" to the area in honor of Joel Estes. Arriving in 1859, Estes settled here with his family to raise cattle until 1866 when he moved to seek a more favorable climate.
The Homestead Act of 1862 offered up to 160 acres of land for the cost of filing the paperwork if a house was constructed and the property was labored upon. In the 1870s, surveys of Estes Park brought homesteaders to the area who attempted farming, ranching, logging and mining. Most of the early ranchers (Evans, MacGregor, James, and Sprague) found it more profitable to become proprietors to the growing number of visitors in the area as words of beauty and adventure reached all the way to Europe.
After the 1905 platting of downtown Estes Park, the village thrived and set ground for much of what the town looks like today. Access to the area was vastly increased with the road improvements funded by the Stanley Hotel owner, F.O. Stanley, and the natural surroundings would be protected for posterity with the dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915. The incorporation of the Town in 1917 formed a local government that regulated large projects like the Colorado-Big Thompson Project in the 1940s and the formation of Lake Estes in 1949, and helped Estes Park recover from disasters such as the Big Thompson Flood of 1976 and Lawn Lake Flood of 1982.
Minutes from World-Famous Rocky Mountain National Park
The low-key charm of Estes Park marries seamlessly with the sprawling wonder of this pristine park, boasting 415 miles of picturesque wilderness. Less than 15 minutes outside of town, it's the untainted heart of every Rocky Mountain getaway.