Park and Recreation Month

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July!

Grand prize winning shot from Kris Hazelton from the 2018 Park and Rec Month Photo Contest. Will you be this year's winner? Check out the submission info below.


Park and Recreation Month is almost here, and we have planned a month full of fun and exciting events and activities for you. During the course of the month, we will give out prizes for trivia questions on our Facebook page and distribute bags of goodies from our booth around the district for signing up for our e-mail or liking our Facebook page.


Estes Valley Recreation and Park District has prepared a full month of activities and ideas for you to get outside and enjoy beautiful Estes Valley.

A study by the National Recreation and Park Association found that nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis. Yet study after study proves that fresh air and time in nature makes people feel more alive, refreshed and energized.

So let's get outside and enjoy that Colorado sunshine.

EVRPD is here to help with lots of recreation opportunities on the mild side of fun in Estes Park and a full calendar of events. With more than a dozen properties—from golf courses and trails to a marina and campgrounds—there is sure to be something that fits your interests.

Check out the complete calendar of ideas.

#PlayOnEstesPark Photo Contest

Each week throughout the month of July EVRPD will conduct a photo contest with a different theme each week. Enter by going to our Facebook page, post your photo and tag it with #PlayOnEstesPark. EVRPD staff will select a weekly winner each Monday, starting July 8. A grand prize winner will be selected from the four weekly winners. The weekly winners will receive an EVRPD prize pack (EVRPD drawstring backpack, EVRPD sticker, EVRPD lanyard, EVRPD bottle opener/keychain/magnet, EVCC frisbee). The grand prize winner will receive a 20-punch pass for the new Estes Valley Community Center and a print of the winning photo, which will be on display in the community center for one 2020. The weekly topics include:
• July 1-6: Fourth of July celebration
• July 7-13: wildlife in Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park
• July 14-20: favorite recreation activity in Estes Park area
• July 21-27: family fun in Estes Park
• July 28-31: images featuring the previous four topics

Photo Contest Rules: Employees of Estes Valley Recreation and Park District and their immediate family members are ineligible. Photos submitted on Facebook do not need to be hi-resolution but the photo must be available as a hi-resolution file (4,000 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi) in order to print large enough for hanging in the Estes Valley Community Center. Do not include a frame or other graphic element on the submitted images. A small watermark in the lower left or right corner is acceptable.

Other events all month long:

• Play a full or abbreviated round of golf or practice on our putting green, chipping area or driving range at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course, 1480 Golf Course Road.

• Play a short round of golf at our Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course, 690 Big Thompson Avenue

• Check out the new disc golf course at the Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course, 690 Big Thompson Avenue

• Have a picnic at one of more than two dozen picnic shelters at Stanley Park, Wapiti Meadows, Cherokee Draw, Fisherman's Nook or Lake Estes Marina.

• Rent a bike, boat or pedal cart at Lake Estes Marina.

• Look for the EVRPD booth set up around the District for prizes and giveaways. Clues about where to find us will be posted on our Facebook page.

• Watch a softball or baseball game at Stanley Park. Adult softball games are every Monday and Wednesday night until through the third week of July. Four-star baseball league games are any weekday night. Visit our recreation page for schedule and complete details.

• Hike one of our trails (Lake Estes Trail, Homer Rouse Trail, Fish Creek Trail)

• Check out our Park and Recreation Month Calendar or Estes Valley Things to Do

Daily events, activities and ideas of things to do around Estes Valley. All events are open to residents and vistors of any age.

• July 1: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is Fourth of July celebration. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 2: Workout with a personal trainer at the Estes Valley Community Center. Time slots are available in 30 or 60-minute sessions. First 30-minute session is free. Visit evrpd.com for more info and to reserve a time. Personal training sale runs July 1 to 7 with a buy four hours of personal training, get one hour free promotion.

• July 3: Family play group at the Estes Valley Community Center from 10 to 11 a.m. This weekly free event gives families with children between the ages of newborn to five years old the opportunity to play together in the gym or the pool at the Estes Valley Community Center.

• July 4: The Town of Estes Park hosts their annual fireworks display over Lake Estes. Starting at 9:30 p.m., one of the best places to view the show is at the Lake Estes Marina.

• July 5: The Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course has a new disc golf course. Try it out starting at noon. Only $5 for unlimited play for the day.

• July 6: Did you know that EVRPD operates two shooting ranges through the Estes Park Gun and Archery Club? Today is a public shooting day—like every Saturday through August 31—at the Common Point Shooting Range located at 970 Noels Draw Lane down the U.S. Highway 34 canyon.

• July 7: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is wildlife of Estes Park, Estes Valley or Rocky Mountain National Park. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 8: Ride a bike around Lake Estes. Bikes and pedal carts are available for rent at the Lake Estes Marina Store.

• July 9: The Town of Estes Park hosts their annual Rooftop Rodeo Parade in downtown Estes Park. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

• July 10: Join old friends or make new friends by playing a game of pickleball. Free at the pickleball courts at Stanley Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday every week through October 14.

• July 11: Play a round of golf at the Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course. Located at 690 Big Thompson Avenue. Golf clubs available for rent at the golf pro shop.

• July 12: Go fishing around Lake Estes. There are plenty of places to fish in Estes Park but one of the most popular with the widest variety of fishing holes is Lake Estes. Fish from Fisherman's Nook, the fishing pier a boat on the water or the shore at the marina — but make sure to purchase your Colorado fishing license first, available at the Lake Estes Marina store.

• July 13: Free ice cream. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day a week early and meet the EVRPD staff at the Estes Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will hand out ice cream to the first 300 guests and have information available about EVRPD. Free.

• July 14: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is recreation in Estes Park — show us photos of how your recreate in our little mountain town. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 15: Hike the Homer Rouse Trail. July is a perfect month to look for and photograph wildflowers. The Homer Rouse Trail is an ideal location for this, and it is one of the few trails in the area that allows dogs. Free.

• July 16: Our Wonderful World Travel Series. Learn about the wonderful destinations our locals have visited with this weekly program provided by the Estes Valley Library at the Estes Valley Community Center. Free. Register at Estes Valley Library.

• July 17: Take a paddleboard ride on Lake Estes. The mornings can be beautiful on Lake Estes when the water is calm and the scenery is beautiful. The Lake Estes Marina store opens at 8 a.m. daily, where you can rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddleboard and boats. Fees apply for rentals.

• July 18: Drop-in chess games. Come by the Estes Valley Community Center lower lobby for a non-competitive game of chess. All skill levels welcome. 3:30 p.m. Free.

• July 19: Pitch horseshoes at the Lake Estes Marina. The beach area at the Lake Estes Marina is a great place to strike up a game of horseshoes — you can't beat the view and the staff will be happy to get the shoes for you.

• July 20: Experience the new Stanley Park Bike Park. Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, this new bike park offers berms, rollers, technical rock features and pump tracks. Free.

• July 21: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is family fun in Estes Park — show us how your family enjoys all that Estes Park has to offer. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 22: Doggie play time. Take your dog(s) to the Stanley Park dog park so your dog can have some fun while in Estes Park too. Free.

• July 23: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 6 p.m. Float in an inner tube while the movie plays on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "Sandlot." Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. Food for additional fees available. Movie subject to change. View trailer.

• July 24: Play a round of golf at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course. Located at 1480 Golf Course Road. Golf clubs available for rent at the golf pro shop. Stop in to Smokin' Dave's BBQ at the Hangar for a bite to eat before or after.

• July 25: Bollywood Dance Class. Shake the hips and get your heart pumping at this fun class set to the high-energy music of Bollywood. $10 drop-in fee. Estes Valley Community Center.

• July 26: Take the kids to Stanley Park. There is a wide range of activities to do at Stanley Park: fly a kite, toss a baseball, try out the skate park, climb the jungle gym. Free.

• July 27: Hike our trails. This week's suggested trail is the East Portal Trail to Sprague Lake. This fun workout will get you into Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose and deer are occassional visitors along the trail. Be sure to purchase a Rocky Mountain National Park pass prior to accessing the trail. Passes are available at the entrance gates or online at nps.gov/romo.

• July 28: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is any of the previous topics. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 29: Play Wii Bowling. Come by the Estes Valley Community Center at 10 a.m. for a fun game of Wii Bowling. We'll provide the system. You provide the skill. All skill levels welcome. Free.

• July 30: Complete the fitness circuit. The 3.75-mile Lake Estes Trail includes a variety of fitness equipment. Ride, walk or bike the entire trail and complete each of the fitness stops to make a great effort at staying fit.

• July 31: Take a dip. Come by the Estes Valley Community Center to take a dip in the leisure pool where you can splash around under the bee hive buckets, spin through the slide or warm up in the hot tub. It is a great way to relax after a day on the trail or to escape late afternoon weather. Daily admission rates apply.

You did it! You made it through a busy month of activities and fun for National Park and Recreation Month. Thank you for sharing in the fun.