Lodges, motels, and places to eat abound in Estes Park where the local Convention & Visitors Bureau, 500 Big Thompson Ave (May– Sept Mon– Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 9am–5pm; Oct– April Mon– Sat 8am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm; Tel:970/577-9900 or 1-800/443-7837, Web: www.estesparkcvb.com ), can provide full listings. Budget accommodation includes the Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, 927 Moraine Ave (Tel:970/586-4585 or 1-800/233-5023, Web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com ; Price: $101-130), and the family-oriented Bighorn Mountain Lodge, 1340 Big Thompson Ave (Tel:1-800/530-8822, Web: www.bighornmtnlodge.com ; Price: $101-130), both of which have clean, standard motel rooms and outdoor pools. If it's glamour you're after, head straight to the circa-1909 Stanley Hotel, with its fantastic mountainside location at 333 Wonderview Ave (Tel:970/577-4000 or 1-800/976-1377, Web: www.stanleyhotel.com ; Price: $161-200). For meals, the relaxed Molly B, 200 Moraine Ave (Tel:970/586-2766), has an extensive menu, while the excellent dinner buffet at the Baldpate Inn, 4900 S Hwy-7 (Tel:970/586-6151; hours vary by season), includes hearty soups, freshly baked gourmet breads, and a range of salads, all at reasonable prices.
Grand Lake has an excellent youth hostel: the gorgeous, log-built AShadowcliff Lodge, perched high in the woods on Tunnel Road (June– Sept only; Tel:970/627-9220; Web: www.shadowcliff.org ; Price: $36-50), with dorm rooms for $23 and clean and comfortable doubles for $54. Among a number of moderately priced motels is the attractive lakeside Western Riviera Motel and Cabins, 419 Garfield St (Tel:970/627-3580, Web: www.westernriv.com ; Price: $101–160); note that during summer, many places in Grand Lake insist on a minimum two-night stay. One of the better places to eat in town is EG's Garden Grill, 1000 Grand Ave (Tel:970/627-8404), where the menu ranges from burgers to grilled wild boar sausages to creative seafood specials – be sure to enjoy the beer garden (happy hour Mon– Sat 5–7pm).
11 guest cottages with wood-burning fireplaces and kitchens or kitchenettes are available.
Five drive-in campgrounds, over 200 backcountry campsites, more than 350 miles of trails for such activities as hiking, backpacking, horseback ...
Open from mid May to the end of September, this restaurant specializes in fresh trout and seafood. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.