Education and Events

The Museum hosts educational activities throughout the year. Tours of the Museum and the Historic Fall River Hydroplant may be arranged for groups of 10 or more people by contacting the Curator of Education. All programs take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, April 26 from 7 - 8 p.m. 

English Conversation Café / Café de Conversación en Inglés

Meets at the Estes Valley Library


English language learners who wish to practice speaking skills with native English speakers will use historical photographs of Estes Park from the Museum collection to generate conversation and celebrate the Town Centennial. More information can be found here.


Friday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Estes Park Mountain Festival celebrates Arbor Day, Earth Day and Mountain Culture
An Estes Park Centennial signature event and community birthday party​

Event takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park

The community is encouraged to gather at the second annual Mountain Festival April 28 and 29 to celebrate Estes Park’s Centennial, as well as Earth Day, Arbor Day and our unique Mountain Culture. The event is free to the public and takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way. More than 50 local organizations and individuals will participate, supporting land stewardship, history and cultural heritage of the Estes Valley.

Friday’s activities take place at the Events Complex from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will include educational programs on outdoor education and careers, rock climbing, local history and historical characters. Entertainment will include movie screenings and music including nature-themed music, the Estes Park School District choirs, Estes Park first grade choir, and the Ballad of Joel Estes/Michael Estes Dixon. Mayor Todd Jirsa will read an Arbor Day proclamation and Centennial proclamation at approximately 2:15 p.m.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit

Saturday’s Mountain Festival activities take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Events Complex. Educational programs continue with the addition of tiny house living, Estes Thrives, avalanche safety and Longs Peak Preventative Search and Rescue. Live music continues Saturday, with Cousin Estes, Ran off the Rooster, Chain Station, as well as lots of family fun including games, interactive animal barn, food trucks, local craft breweries and more. The centerpiece of the afternoon will be an Estes Park Centennial birthday celebration complete cake at approximately 4 p.m.
Mountain Festival primary sponsors are the Estes Park School District, the Town of Estes Park and its Parks Advisory Board, the Centennial Celebration Team and the Estes Park Environmental Center. Learn more about the Mountain Festival at
Get involved in Estes Park’s Centennial, make a secure donation to the Knoll-Willows legacy project and view the list of donors, merchants and event details at For more information, email the Centennial Celebration Team at

May, 2017

May is Museum Month!

"Never, nowhere, have I seen anything to equal the view into Estes Park." -Isabella Bird

Look up, look down, look all around town for quotes from Estes Park's real trailblazers!

Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 7 p.m.
Trivia Night throughout Museum Month at Rock Cut Brewing Company
Located in Piccadilly Square, 390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park 
May is Museum Month! Test your knowledge on local landmarks and events at Trivia Night, every Tuesday at Rock Cut Brewing Company. There will be some general knowledge trivia as well Estes Park-specific questions written by the staff at the Estes Park Museum. Players and teams of all knowledge bases are welcome! The games begin at 7 p.m. but you may want to come early for a local libation or grab dinner from Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse.
Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6 tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
Tour The Fourth Earl of Dunraven’s 1876 Cottage 

The Estes Park Museum is working with property owners to open their private homes and sites for Museum Members to see and learn about. The first tour of 2017 will take place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 a limited number of people can join the tour to see one of the most historic and oldest homes in Estes Park. 

The Queen Anne style cottage Lord Dunraven had constructed looks out towards what is today the 18-hole golf course on Fish Creek Road. There, stunning views of Longs Peak and the Estes Valley surround the cottage Lord Dunraven built for himself and his Irish and English socialites to enjoy. For two days, Museum Members can visit the 140-year-old home. It is a one of a kind property to experience. 

Lord Dunraven was a world traveler and sportsman. He was a soldier, author, war reporter, politician, and owner of two “America’s Cup” racers which, at the time were the most famous race boats in the world. He fell in love with the Estes valley in 1872 and began plans to own all of it. Through legal and questionable means, he acquired 6,000 acres of land. He is considered a hero and villain depending on who you ask. In 1876, the Earl commissioned Albert Bierstadt to make a painting on canvas of Longs Peak and Estes Park – today the famous painting resides in the Denver Art Museum. Dunraven built an adjacent hotel in 1877 (which burned down in 1911), and sold his holdings in 1906 to Burton Sanborn and F. O. Stanley. 

Museum Members can reserve tours on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 for 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people per group. The cost is $18 per person and can be ordered in advance at the Estes Park Museum or over the telephone while spaces last. Individual members may bring a guest for $20.

To register for the tour, please call the Curator of Education Alicia Rochambeau at 970-577-3762 or email at Cash and check are the accepted forms of payment. Not a member? You can join today and enjoy this benefit right away. Become a member by signing up at the Museum or call the number listed above. Tour participants who elect to park at the Museum get $2 off their admission and are encouraged to carpool or ride in the shuttle provided by the Museum. Otherwise limited parking is available on site. This event will take place rain or shine. Please note that this is a private home and therefore it is not necessarily wheelchair accessible. 
Thursday, May 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Searching the Estes Park Museum Collection Online
Class takes place at the Estes Valley Library
Have you ever wondered what artifacts, artwork, and archives are in the Estes Park Museum collection? The Museum hosts its catalog of nearly 30,000 records online at including images of the artifacts. 
Join Curator Alicia Rochambeau at the the Estes Valley Library computer lab for an interactive tutorial on how to navigate the site and conduct local history research from any computer, anytime, anywhere! Guests may work alone or as couples. This is a free program but registration is encouraged by calling Alicia at 970-577-3762. 
Thursday, May 18 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club
"Rocky Mountain National Park Dining Room Girl: The Summer of 1926 at the Horseshoe Inn"
Meets at the Estes Park Museum 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club is a book club for people who want to read about the local history and real outdoor adventures. In collaboration with the Estes Valley Library, the book club meets monthly. Please watch for the location meeting place as it will vary. The Library will sponsor loaned copies of the discussion book and are expected to be shared among book club members between each meeting. More information and registration
Mondays and Tuesdays June - September
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet at the corner of MacGregor and Park Avenues in downtown Estes Park (near the Enos Mills sculpture in Bond Park)

The basic footprint of the town we know today put down roots over one hundred years ago. Stores you see today are buildings that started out as hotels, schools, and private homes. Discover the hidden past on a walking tour of downtown Estes Park with the knowledgeable and lively docents from the Estes Park Musuem. Participants will explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.  
Identical tours are offered on Monday and Tuesday mornings (except July 4 and September 4) June 5 through September 19, 2017. Tours meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Northeast corner of Bond Park (next to the bronze Enos Mills Sculpture at MacGregor and Park Avenues) and begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tour group will walk west through town and return to the same site by 10:00 a.m. and travel a distance of 0.7 miles. The cost is $8, cash or check (payable to the Town of Estes Park). First come, first served; no reservations required. Space limited to about 12 people. 
Friday, June 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. 
We Three: The Story of Judge Allen, Susan M. Rebhan, and Mary E, Pierce - at Peace in Estes Park
Program takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Details TBA
Thursday, June 29
Time TBA
People of the Peaks Series Kick-off: Mount Chapin 
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Who was Mount Chapin named for and why?  Answer: Frederick Hastings Chapin (1852-1900), a wholesale druggist from Connecticut, who made several trips to Estes Park in the 1880s where together with Eastern friends and local cattleman William Hallett he climbed mountains. The result was the book, containing his own stunning black and white photographs, titled "Mountaineering in Colorado: The Peaks About Estes Park," published in Boston by the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1889. Chapin also visited Mesa Verde, where he became one of the first to photograph the recently-discovered Cliff Palace. The lecture by Historian Laureate Dr. James Pickering will discuss his life and times, focusing on the visits to Estes Park, and illustrated with Chapin’s own photographs.
Tuesday, July 4 
Time TBA
Coolest Car Show in Colorado
Event takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

Cheley Camp Tour

Details TBA


Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. 

Cousin Estes 

Takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium

Cousin Estes is a musical docudrama that explores the roots and historic contribution of the Estes family from Italy and Scotland through 1875, and then beyond the grave by the ghost of Joel Estes. Each song in the play is supported by a video of the event that stands out in the American historic record. 
Joel Estes will introduce you to the Estes family members as they play their parts in the building of the nation in this American experience. Joel will introduce you to the Marquis Niccolo III d’este in Italy, Thomas Dixon in Scotland, Abraham Estes, the first Estes to come to America, Joel’s Grandfather and namesake Joel, who fought in the revolutionary war, Peter Estes, who followed Daniel Boone over “The Wilderness Trail,” and Joel’s interesting life with his family as they discover gold in the California Gold Rush of 1849, and also discovered and homesteaded Estes Park, Colorado.

Michael Estes Dixon is currently performing in the rock group “Trip Wire.” In addition to performing in rock and bluegrass bands, he has also pursued a solo career. Dixon has taken roles in community theater for productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and he wrote and performed the music for the production of “The Astral Plane.”  He is a versatile musician that plays Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone, Drums and other percussion instruments. 

For 20 years, Mike Estes Dixon researched his Estes family history.  Every time he found an interesting character, he wrote a song. This inspired Mike to execute a three-phase plan: create a new album about Estes Family members, make videos of all of the songs, and ultimately write a play to present the Estes family history.

Phase I was complete when Mike’s second album “Cousin Estes” was released in October, 2015.  He plays all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals. The play of the same title will debut in Estes Park on Saturday, July 22.

Tickets go on sale at the Museum beginning June 1. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members and $18 for non-members in advance or $20 the night of the production.

Thursday, August 31 from 3 - 4 p.m. 
People of the Peaks Series: Hayden's Surveys
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden viewed Colorado as the next best place for mining and resource development for the United States following the Civil War, and his well-known survey created during the 1870s was intended to hasten that process. Tom Huber, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies selected nineteen of the exact spots where many of Hayden’s men sketched pen and ink drawings of the landscape before them. These nineteen spots and the total of twenty-eight drawings on which Huber did “repeat” photography constitute the chapters of his book “The Hayden’s Surveys Revisited”.  Join Professor Huber for an illustrated description of the geology, geography, history, and changes that have occurred including Longs Peak and the Saint Vrain Valley near Lyons and the unique character of each site since they were recorded in the 1870s. 
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29
Times TBA
Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017
Event takes place at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Willome Building 
Contact the Museum:
200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517