((GEAR & GUIDES))
Estes Park has ton of outfitters, shops and guides specializing in everything from skiing to climbing to fishing. There are a lot of quality small businesses out there, but here are our personal favorites.
Estes Park Mountain Shop – For gear, save your time and money and just go here. The Mountain Shop rents basically every bit of outdoor gear you can think of, from mountain bikes to fly rods, snowshoes, bikes and skis. They’ve got a ton of new gear, plus a massive bargain basement filled with last year’s boots and jackets all at huge discounted prices. This is the place for trail updates, guidebooks, conditions reports and rentals. 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-6548.
FLY FISHING GUIDES
Estes Angler – One of the two main fly fishing guide services in Estes Park, offering trips into the National Park and also the Big Thompson River just down canyon from Estes along Highway 34. Click here for the weekly fishing report! 338 West Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-2110.
Kirk’s Flyshop – One of the go-to fishing guide outfits in Estes. Kirk’s has a lot of incredible fly fishing knowledge, particularly regarding all the local secrets. Book trips here into the Park and beyond, plus purchase gear. 230 East Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 577-0790.
Kent Mountain Adventure Center – A favorite guiding outfit specializing in rock, ice and winter sports. Aside from the daily hiking and climbing trips, KMAC offers the most unique and innovative outdoor adventures in Estes Park, including the town’s only via ferrata (a huge trail in the sky where you walk along sections of rebar affixed into the side of vertical cliffs); a cliff camping excursion (you sleep on a ledge suspended hundreds of feet off the ground); and a sky net wedding where you can get married in a net suspended 100 feet off the ground. 520 Steamer Parkway, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-5990.
Colorado Mountain School – CMS is one of the town’s longest running guiding outfits. You can hire a pro to guide you through a day of rock or ice climbing, or backcountry skiing or snowboarding. Also offers great courses like avalanche safety. 341 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (720) 387-8944.
Estes Park Rock Climbing – A new guiding outfit in Estes that holds a unique concession to guide at the top of Prospect Mountain in the center of Estes Park. Prospect has some of the best views around of the Continental Divide. They’ve got some pretty cool programs where you take the aerial tramway to the summit, learn to climb, and then come back via tram. Also offering hiking and snowshoe tours in the National Park. 166 South St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 205-9226.