Thumb Open Space Information

The Town of Estes Park is considering the purchase of parcels to ensure public access to "The Thumb and Needle," two prominent rock spires on Prospect Mountain that have been used by climbers for half a century. Access to the Thumb and Needle currently occurs at the discretion of the current landowner. This access could be lost with the sale of the property to a new owner. If it proceeds, the Town's purchase would include an amended conservation easement by the Estes Valley Land Trust. Public feedback on the Thumb Open Space Proposal can be directed to
Important Dates 
  • March 13, 2020 - Announcement of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant awardee(s)

The Town of Estes Park's Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and management of all Town-owned park land. Each year the Parks Division plants more than 38,000 annual flowers in addition to 8,000 perennial flowers while maintaining its own greenhouse; all the park trees and Town right-of-way trees; 3 acres of turf; 32 irrigation systems; 53 flower beds; 12 bronze statues; the 6 bronze Armed Services plaques, bronze eagle and bronze American flag at Veterans Monument Park; 14 bronze benches located along the Riverwalk, and 12 new hidden bronze pikas. The Parks staff also cares for the Estes Park Museum properties, Estes Park Visitor Center, the parking structure, Stanley Park Fairgrounds, Light & Power Building grounds, open spaces, 16.4 miles of trails, and they keep all downtown areas (parks, Elkhorn Avenue, parking lots/structure landscaping) clean and tidy. The Parks Division crew consists of five full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and approximately 18 seasonal workers.  Parks staff also assists in snow removal during winter and spring months.
For information pertaining to the Estes Valley Trails Master Plan or other transportation studies, please go to our Transportation and Transit Studies page within the Engineering Division section of our website.
For more information pertaining to the Parks Division please contact Public Works at 970-577-3587 or