White water rafting

white water rafting    Your Colorado rafting trip on the Poudre River will be thrilling no matter what level of rapids you choose on Colorado's only National "Wild and Scenic" River. For twenty nine years, Wanderlust has given over 128,000 guests a unique experience. They offer the free use of paddle jackets and fleece sweaters, wetsuit rentals, fantastic digital photography, the newest whitewater equipment and the most experienced guides. Check them out at www.awanderlustadventure.com

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing    Rocky Mountain National Park visitors have a passion for viewing wild animals, especially the big ones. With an elk herd numbering more than 3,000, about 800 bighorn sheep, numerous mule deer and a small population of moose calling the park home, it's no surprise that wildlife watching is rated the number-one activity by a vast majority of Rocky's three million annual visitors. Not all of the animals are in the Park. We have our own herd of Big Horn sheep right on the mountain behind our lodge (see picture). Occasionally we see other animals on our 23-acre mountain property such as bear, deer, elk, foxes and racoons.

Fly fishing

Fly Fishing    We can help you arrange guided fly fishing trips throughout scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as the Big Thompson River which flows right across the highway from our Inn. Our guide is friendly and knowledgeable, and will ensure you have an exciting and memorable adventure. Or, strike out on your own exploring the many fishing holes up and down the river. We also have our own private stretch of the North Fork of the Big Thompson that flows right across our property. See Kirks Fly Shop on-line at www.kirksflyshop.com

Hiking

Hiking    There are many hiking trails within a few miles of our Inn. We have maps for you showing the trail heads. Two of the closest trailheads, just a few miles drive, are Cosier Mountain and Round Mountain. For those who want just an easy stroll with striking mountain views, we can show you how to access the high ridge behind our Inn, where a trail leads to the top of our magnificent Palasade Mountain. A twelve-mile drive to Rocky Mountain Park provides access to dozens of well maintained trails in some of the most beautiful country in the world. If you need hiking equipment visit The Hiking Hut at www.thehikinghut.com. Also check out hiking at RMNP at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/hiking.html

Horseback riding

Horseback riding    There are two riding stables in downtown Estes Park for the novice horse back rider, but for the more experienced riders we recommend Sombrero Ranches. Their experienced guides are knowledgeable and will make sure you don't miss points of interest and are glad to answer any questions you may have on wildlife, history or other areas of interest. You'll get a firsthand look at Colorado's back country. Join the fun of horse riding in Colorado through miles of scenic trails in the most spectacular country you can imagine. Check the stables at www.sombrero.com

Hunting

big game hunting    Just above the River Forks Inn sits Storm Mountain, accessed by two miles of switch-backs leading to a Forest Service road. The hunting is fabulous in this expansive primitive area. In season elk can be bagged, as well as deer and bear. If you are lucky enough to draw a mountain lion tag, there is no better place to find that ellusive animal, although we have seen them drinking in our stream. This is a great area for the pre-season bow-and-arrow hunting of various big game species. The River Forks Inn makes a great lodging place for the hunter. Check on line for various season dates at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/

Card Playing

Playing Cards    The River Forks Inn has two lounges with card tables, ready for action. If your game is poker, with friends and family, we have the chips. Other games we play are hearts, spades, pitch, canasta, or you name it. Board games are also available for use by our guests. However, if you are tired from your day's activities, just relax in one of our Inn's lounges and watch TV.

Go-cars

go karts    In Estes Park, just 10 miles east, through the spectacular Big Thompson Canyon, you can give the kids a treat on the Go-cars. Ride-A-Kart features fun rides and attractions for the entire family including Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Casey’s Train, Extreme Bungee Trampoline, Bumper Kars, Mini Golf, and an Arcade with Skee Ball, Basketball, Air Hockey, Video, Pinball and Interactive Games. Check it out at www.rideakart.com

Aerial Tramway.

aerial tramway    Ride the Estes Park Aerial Tramway to the top of the small mountain that overlooks the town. This gives a wonderful view of the entire Estes Park Valley. At the top, buy some peanuts and feed the lively chipmunks. You will find the base station of the tramway right off of Moraine Ave in downtown Estes Park. This is one way to get a fantastic view of the area without hiking up and down the mountain sides. Check it out online at www.estestram.com

Shopping

Estes Park Shopping    While in the area, you won't want to miss the shopping in Estes Park. You will find shops galore. Suveniers, trinkets, T-shirts, pictures and all sorts of memorabilia will attract you eye. Ice cream parlors, fudge candy stores will tempt you. Also you will find some quality stores featuring fine art, excellent western clothes, and rustic furnitue. Every weekend of the summer there is a special event in Estes Park. There are concerts, exhibits, parades, rodeos, etc. Check the schedule at www.estesparkcvb.com

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park    Just a 12-mile drive from our Inn, is the rock-ribbed wildness, Rocky Mountain National Park, truly a land of superlatives. Here at least 60 mountains exceed 12,000 feet, topping off at 14,259 feet on the football field-sized summit of Longs Peak. Names such as Cirrus, Chiefs Head, Isolation, Mummy, and Storm evoke the grandeur of this high landscape. Although the great peaks comprise the essence of the park, the delicate alpine flowers, clear lakes, rushing mountain waters, and impressive forests appeal to all the senses. Find Park information at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/

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