10 Things to Do in Allenspark That You Shouldn't Miss

December 19, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Allenspark is a census-designated place (CDP) in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The population was 528 at the 2010 census. The Allenspark Post Office has the ZIP code 80510.

1. Sombrero Ranch

Business Highway 7, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80510 +1 303-747-2551
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5 based on 101 reviews

Sombrero Ranch

Reviewed By Fam4Travelers - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Compass and her crew are exceptional, year after year. They care about their horses AND their guests. When we saw the large tourist groups being saddled up and waiting around (nose-to-tail) in the Estes Park location we made the drive to Allenspark and were very glad we did!
This stable feels smaller and more attentive. They keep group sizes small, trails interesting and horses and animals on the grounds are well-loved. This is not a Disney Park on horseback, this is real riding on read animals in Wilderness. The location is wild (we saw a bear while riding) and inspiring, and the riding is challenging. This is not the place to come if you want to brag or show off. This is soft-spoken, honest-to-goodness riding with down-to-earth folks who love horses and want to share that with the rest of us.
Compass, the Livery Boss, and her young crew each year provide excellent quality care for the horses. They even let my son stick around and watch them care for the horses and hear stories about the vet and local ferriers. No other riding stable, that we have found, allows us that kind of personal attention.
We will return every time we are near Estes Park because this is the best stable we've found in any of the western states. Thanks guys!

356 E. Elkhorn Avenue, Apt 1, Estes Park, CO 80517 +1 970-586-4355
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5 based on 144 reviews

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

Estes Park's finest art gallery featuring the Fine-art Photography of James Frank as well as art by more than 60 Estes Park and Colorado artists. In addition to photography, you'll find an array of original paintings, artisan jewelry, sculpture, exquisite woodwork, blown glass, pottery, sculpture, gourd art, and so much more. We're open all year, will ship your uniquely chosen art to you and offer free gift wrapping. We can't wait to meet you!

Reviewed By Todd G - Omaha, Nebraska

We just love this shop. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Lots of variety of art, photographs, pottery, glass, etc. A very beautiful collection of things.
I think we leave Estes with something from here every time we visit.

3. Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Route 72, Ward, CO +1 303-541-2500
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Reviewed By R0wi3 - Denver, Colorado

We had a great hike today out to Brainard Lake. The main parking is closed so it free at the moment. The winter parking is open and it's not far from there to the trailhead.

Loads of people were snow shoeing but we just had extra grip things on under our hiking boots and we were fine, the trail is pretty compact but if you deviate or hit a soft spot in the edge you'll be at least a foot deep in snow.

Really really windy in the clearings, but between the trees was great. It took us about 3 hours to get out there and back. On the way home we saw 2 huge mousse on the side of the road!!

4. Emerald Lake Trail

Trail Near Bear Lake, Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO +1 970-586-1206
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5 based on 344 reviews

Emerald Lake Trail

Reviewed By WJD_CO - Longmont, Colorado

We really enjoy this trail. It is best in off season or during week as it is a very popular trail. Lake is beautiful, and you can use the shuttle to bear lake if busy. We have hiked on above to flattop mountain and on into Grand Lake from this trail also. Definitely a must when in the park.

5. Lake Isabelle

Brainard Lake Rd, Ward, CO +1 303-541-2500
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5 based on 16 reviews

Lake Isabelle

Reviewed By dil345 - Georgetown, Texas

We got here fairly early to get a parking space because the lot can get crowded. The hike is very nice with a lot of flowers right now-forest service ranger said the flowers are at their peak right now. I hesitate to tell too many people about this area just because it does not get as busy as nearby Rocky Mt. National Park.

6. Chapel on the Rock

10758 State Highway 7, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80510-9615 +1 303-747-0201
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Chapel on the Rock

Reviewed By kacytjobb - Lund, Sweden

The chapel is loved by photographers and you should also take some photos. Try to find the chapel open and go inside. The day we were there, the volunteer guide was very knowledagable and her information added to our visit. The area was heavily damaged in the floods of 2013 but the chapel was not damaged. Worth a visit!

7. Eagle Plume's

9853 State Highway 7, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80510-9612 +1 303-747-2861
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5 based on 28 reviews

Eagle Plume's

This is a place unlike any other, ask anyone who has been here. A place with walls that whisper, floors that creak underoot, a place with a rare history, a patina left by time and an endless parade of characters.Off the beaten path, nestled at the base of Long's Peak along the scenic Peak to Peak highway, you'll discover one of the West's best kept secrets, rich in the traditions and arts of the Indigenous American.

Reviewed By kacytjobb - Lund, Sweden

Eagle Plume's is visiting a home and enjoying beautiful authentic native arts. The owners are very knowledgable and treat their customers as friends. My personal story is that I used to wait on Charlie Eagle Plum at a restaurant in Estes Park. His memory lives on in the store. Don't miss the little rotating cabinet with earing and pins. I love to open the drawers and discover little treasures! There are things in all price ranges. Don't miss it!

8. Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (970) 586-1206
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bear Lake

Reviewed By pingaroo - Chicago, Illinois

Bear Lake is easily accessible from the Bear Lake trailhead. There is a 0.5 mi/0.8 km loop trail around the lake.

We hiked part of the loop trail (eastern shore) on our way to Flattop Mountain, Hallett Peak, and Bierstadt Lake. It was 9:30am on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend, and there were so many people doing the loop trail that we couldn't wait to get on the Flattop Mountain trail. Although the lake is beautiful with crystal clear water and perfect mirror reflections, it's not as spectacular and serene as the other alpine lakes in the park (Lake Haiyaha, Mills Lake, the Loch, Lake of Glass, Sky Pond). It was also just too crowded.

14863 State Highway 7, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80510 +1 303-747-2906
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

The Old Gallery Allenspark

Reviewed By hbeaweaver - Allenspark, Colorado

The Old Gallery is a center for community and the arts in Allenspark. More than 25 local artists are featured here, as well as a variety of other gifts. It's the only place on Highway 7 in the area that has Verizon cell phone service, and there's free WiFi, as well. There are also art classes and workshops, beading and gourd art classes, writing workshops, yoga and tai chi classes and more. There are also monthly potlucks featuring live music, quarterly Open Mic Nights, Hogabluesa Pig Roast and Blues Fest, Soup Night, a yearly summer musical and more. Locals also have access to a twice monthly Food Bank and year round Community Clothes Closet. There is also a great children's playground behind The Old Gallery. It's worth a stop! All are welcome.

10. Sprague Lake

Near Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO +1 970-586-1206
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4.5 based on 278 reviews

Sprague Lake

Reviewed By NTSU1975 - Georgetown, Texas

Sprague Lake is located on the drive to Bear Lake. It is also a short distance from the Park and Ride. Nice views even if you don't hike. Easy access from the parking area. Picnic tables available.

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