The Holidays at Castle Mountain

Gather round the hearth; feel the warm, flickering flames of the wood fire; smell the spiced cider simmering on the stove, hear the howl of a distant coyote; watch out the window for an ambling elk — this is our version of a perfect holiday.

The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving and the Catch the Glow Parade in Estes Park the day after. It continues through December's special shopping days to New Year's Day.


Thanksgiving kicks off the holidays for us. In this wonderful Rocky Mountain high country, it's natural to feel grateful for the beauty all around, for being here, for life!

You have choices for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner: cook it yourself "at home," make reservations at one of our fine local restaurants, or order a complete dinner basket "to go" from a local grocery or caterer.


Has Christmas become too commercial for you? Recalibrate your Christmas at Castle Mountain Lodge. Spend the holidays in a cozy cottage or cheery suite. Decorate your locally-cut tree with old-fashioned strings of popcorn and natural ornaments. We're partial to pine cones and paper-thin slices of oranges, lemons and limes.

Take time to reflect, to laugh, to watch wandering elk and to remember the best times. Take the kids to Hidden Valley for sledding. Head up to Bear Lake or Sprague Lake for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Stroll around Lake Estes. Then join us in the Library for a cup of hot spiced cider.

New Year's Eve

Many local restaurants and lounges feature live music and keep late hours for New Year's Eve celebrants. Estes is not an official First Night city but we have art events that share that spirit. Choose for yourself how best to start a fresh new year. Here at Castle Mountain Lodge, we're on the quiet side.

Estes Park

Drive through the village of Estes Park — trimmed out in lights and nestled among snow-covered peaks — puts you in a real holiday mood. Join the holiday revelers exploring our lively, dressed-up streets and shops. Estes features musical events, home tours, special buffets and all the holiday trimings. Check the calendar for more details as the time approaches.

Rocky Mountain National Park

The Park is open 24 x 7 x 365

  • Hike snow-free trails in solitude,
  • Snowshoe higher trails in the Park,
  • Stroll around Lily Lake ,
  • Ski from Bear Lake or Sprague Lake,
  • Ride horseback in the high country,
  • Go sledding at Hidden Valley.
  • Drive through Horseshoe Park and watch for wildlife.