Estes Park Shoppping Near the Valhalla Resort
A visit to Estes Park is a great opportunity to try out some biking trails. With choices ranging from rocky terrain to gentler paths, there is something here for every biker.
To start, the 3.5 mile Lake Estes Bike Loop offers a beautiful view of surrounding mountains and trees while giving the rider looks at the lake from all angles. This path is good for riders of all ages and, for those without bikes, is available for walking as well.
For a more challenging ride, the Rocky Mountain National Park allows bikes on their paved roads and, in winter months, leaves some open only to bikers. One is the Trail Ridge Road, which climbs 3,700 feet into the mountain air on a 4 to 6 hour trip. Less arduous selections include the Horseshoe Park Loop at 1 to 3 hours and the Bear Lake Road at 2 to 4 hours. An early start on these rides can help avoid traffic and afternoon thunderstorms. All feature views of mountains, trees and other natural scenery.
The Trail Ridge Road, which is the highest continually paved road in the United States, can also be found in the National Park. As it leads from Estes Park it passes through forests, the treeline, tundra and the continental divide before leading down to Grand Lake. A good stopping point is the Alpine Visitor Center, at the high point of the road, where elk and bighorn sheep can sometimes be spotted from the deck.