Don’t forget to stop at the Estes Park Museum, where you can step back in time to the days of the early explorers, pioneers, and mountain people. The museum is home to a vast collection of important artifacts and all of the displays have been thoughtfully crafted to maximize interaction. There’s a 1909 Stanley Steamer, a furnished historic cabin, Native American art and memorabilia, a re-created General Store, and so much more.
In 1962 the need for a museum became apparent when the National Park Service decided to raze Stead’s Ranch, an 1876 homestead and guest ranch located at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. In response, concerned Estes Park citizens organized to preserve its historical items. They formed the Estes Park Area Historical Museum, Inc., later known as the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc, a non-profit organization established to preserve and interpret the pioneer history of Estes Park.
The Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc. provides financial support for the Estes Park Museum. The Friends hold fundraising events like the Coolest Car Show and the annual Historic Tour to raise money for the museum and they operate the Museum Shop.
The Museum is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 36 and Fourth Street and is free. Hours: May 1 through October 31: 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm to 5 pm Sundays. From November 1 through April 30, the Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Estes Park Museum
200 Fourth Street
Estes Park, CO 80517