Downtown History Walking Tours

Discover the hidden past on a walking tour of downtown Estes Park with the Estes Park Museum. During the tour, participants will be guided by trained docents to explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.

In 1905, Cornelius Bond and the Estes Park Town Company hired Abner Sprague to plat the downtown district. Within weeks, lots along the street named "Elkhorn Avenue" were taken up and new businesses were established. Over the course of a decade, the basic footprint of the town we know today was established by many of the buildings that started out as hotels, schools, private homes, and businesses.

Identical tours are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Labor Day, September 2) from Monday, June 3 through Tuesday, September 24. Tours meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Northeast corner of Bond Park (next to the bronze Enos Mills sculpture at MacGregor and Park Avenues) and begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tour group will walk west through town, and return to the same site by 10:00 a.m., and travel a distance of 0.7 miles. Tours are free, donations are welcome. First come, first served; no reservations required. Space limited to about 12 people. Additionally, tours can be arranged by appointment by calling 970-577-6256.

The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum's website at www.estes.org/museum.

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