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The Beauty Of Nature
The 4 Seasons Inn at Estes Park is a small, but loved, hotel nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Located as it is right on the Fall River, we believe our location is the best in the area with the picturesque town of Estes park a five minute drive in one direction, and the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park five minutes in the other direction. (We love the Fall River entrance as it is typically less crowded than the main Beaver Meadows Entrance). Our goal is to provide you a safe, beautiful, and affordable place to stay so you can make your own mountain memories while thoroughly enjoying all the area has to offer. We hope that when you leave the valley, the countdown begins until your return.
The great hospitality that the Inn is known for is provided by Mark and Elvira, tried and true Estes Park locals whose love of community and people are evident from the moment you check in. They share a passion for the area and a desire to make your stay memorable.
The 4 Seasons Inn is owned by three friends who believe that nature is medicine and that America’s National Park System is a great contribution to the modern world. We specifically picked the Estes Park for its stunning beauty, affordable accommodations, and incredible location as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. We believe strongly that this town is a special place filled with natural beauty, an amazing community, and resilient residents. We are grateful the property is in amazing hands and we thank you, our guests, for supporting the local community, the National Park System, and the 4 Seasons Inn.
-Daniel, Miles, & Tyler
ALL the guest rooms are supplied with mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, coffee, flat screen televisions, cable and free WI-FI internet.
What makes us special
The 4 Seasons Inn provides a variety of simple, practical, and comfortable accommodations for our guests. All our rooms have fireplaces, comfortable beds, mini fridges, coffee makers, recently renovated bathrooms and access to the communal hot tub for a dip. In warmer months, we encourage our guests to make use of the on-site grills to barbecue in the fresh mountain air. We pride ourselves on not cutting corners on quality linens, mattresses or most of all, cleanliness. We have a team of very experienced and dedicated housekeepers who, especially in the age of COVID are taking precautions above and beyond CDC guidelines to ensure their own as well as your safety every day. Every room has a private entrance to the outdoors which allows you to safely social distance during your visit. Our welcoming staff are here to ensure you have an amazing stay so don’t hesitate to ask them for anything that might improve it. We value any feedback you might provide as this is one of the best ways we learn how to get better.
The babbling brook outside your window and along the lawn is the Fall River. This modest stream (stocked with fish when appropriate) is located at the start of an amazing journey for the snow and rain that fall in the area. Given the nearby Continental Divide, the water that falls from the clouds near the hotel will eventually make its way all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. If that same water droplet were to fall 9 miles to the west, in Grand Lake, that water would ultimately make it to the Pacific! Yay science!
Most days we receive visits from either Marriam Turkeys or Rocky Mountain Elk. We see these animals so often, we have dubbed our most common visiting elk “Coco”. Spring and Fall bring the elk to the property in large numbers and we encourage you to enjoy their company from a distance. The Turkey family has yet to receive a name that has stuck… but we are taking suggestions! They love foraging for the seeds dropped by the Ponderosa Pine trees on the property.
In the park you have the chance to see amazingly elegant and rare animal species such as bighorn sheep, moose, black bears, coyote, bobcats, mountain lions, and hawks! The visitor center in the national park provides amazing resources for all the plants and animals found in the park. Just remember that these are wild creatures and although we all want to capture an amazing photo, their serenity and your safety are far more important than your Instagram account, so keep a safe distance!
Mountain views in every direction.
The Native peoples of America were the first inhabitants of the Estes Valley, which they called “The Circle”. The Arapaho tribe was the most recent and frequent in the Valley where they trapped eagles to obtain feathers for their wartime headdresses, fished in Mary’s Lake, and hunted the great American Bison. The Utes as well as the Apache were also known to frequent the area as they traveled the Rocky Mountains hunting bighorn sheep. It wasn’t until 1859 when the valley received its first white resident, Joel Estes. His homestead became the valley’s first dude ranch, providing visitors with accommodations and guided hunting, fishing and mountaineering expeditions.
The most significant Estes Park resident, Enos Mills came to the valley in 1885 from Kansas and became an evangelist of conservation and environmental stewardship. His life after 1909 was dedicated to protecting the approximately thousand square miles of the Estes Valley, which finally became the nation’s 9th national park in 1915. Other influential residents included Freelan Oscar Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer and the developer of the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley is famous for having Stephen King as a guest, who was being inspired to change the setting of his famous novel The Shining from an amusement park to a hotel based on his stay. We recommend visitors not take any chances with ghosts by instead staying at the 4 Seasons Inn and only visiting the Stanley Hotel for a drink at its historic whiskey bar.
While Estes Park in Winter gives the warm and cozy feeling that only comes from visiting picturesque mountain towns, the most popular season for visiting is the Summer. But that wasn’t always the case. Starting in 1941, Hidden Valley ski resort was an incredible asset that brought winter thrill seekers and year round tourism to the town. By the 1980s it had an uphill capacity of 3,200 skiers per hour. Locals reminisce that they used to pay $75 for a season pass. The Federal Government decided to close the ski resort in 1992, but the hill remains a very popular backcountry skiing sanctuary for the adventurous.
In 2013, a historic cold front parked itself over Colorado’s Front Range, ultimately clashing with warmer air from the south and resulting in heavy rains in the region and ultimately destructive flooding. Over 1,500 homes and 200 businesses were destroyed in Larimer county, and hundreds of Estes Park residents were left isolated by the destruction of roads and bridges. While physical signs of the flood have largely faded, the financial strain remains for many and the town certainly appreciates your visit and your business.
We encourage you to visit the Estes Park Museum to revel in the amazing history of this special place and honor those who have made this great place what it is today.