Estess Keepsake is one quarter mile from the Colorado River, which separates Rocky Mountain National Park from private land, and where fly-fishing abounds. It is one half mile from "Winding River Campground," which has all kinds of camping, and also offers horseback-riding, hay-rides, cook-outs, pancake breakfasts, ice cream suppers and other fun activities, including a playground especially for children.

Renters can enjoy a multitude of activities that are available in the local area. This is a list of just a few of the things that you can do in the area while staying at Estess Keepsake:

1. Enjoy birding, watching the local wildlife including elk and moose, or just vegging out on the covered porch, covered patio or open deck.

2. Go fishing on Sun Valley Lake, which is stocked every spring.

3. Explore miles of hiking trails near the house or in the Arapahoe National Forest, across the lake, or within Rocky Mountain National Park (1 mile away).

4. Go horseback-riding at nearby Winding River Campground (½ mile away) or out from the village (3 miles away).

5. If you are really adventurous, rent a Mountain bike anywhere in the area and hit some of the estimated 2,000 miles of trails all around or out from the way to the town of Winter Park (30 miles away.)

6. Tour the little western town of Grand Lake Village (3 miles away), which offers restaurants, shopping and other amenities, a heated swimming pool, arts and crafts, mountain bike rental, boat rental at either of two marinas, golfing, tennis and bowling.

7. Enjoy some of the best views in Colorado, over Grand Lake, Mt. Baldy in Rocky Mountain National Park, and also Shadow Mountain Lake and other mountain ranges while eating and drinking on the grand porch at "Grand Lake Lodge" -- or sitting in their majestic lodge around the huge circular fireplace, or shopping at their gift shop that offers jewelry, rugs and other western specialties (1 mile away).

8. Paddle around or fish in our dingy (No motors are allowed on our lake).

9. More serious boaters can rent a sailboat, canoe, motor boat, or platoon boat on Grand Lake itself or on Shadow Mountain Lake or Granby reservoir.

10. FLY FISHING GALORE in the park, Colorado River, or other nearby creeks and streams.

11. Drive to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park, over Trailridge Pass, where you might see abundant wildlife, including mountain sheep and goats, and over to the town of Estes Park.

12. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon for a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains (rentals at village of Granby -- 17 miles away).

13. In the summer, enjoy wildflowering during end of June through August (July best).

14. In winter, try snowmobiling, cross country and downhill skiing and snowboarding, snow shoeing, and ice fishing. Or downhill ski on some of Granby's smaller slopes or on the large mountains in Winter Park (30 miles away).

15. Afterwards, bathe in or later take a trip to "Sulphur Hot Springs" (25 miles away), which offers a large natural heated pool, and all kinds of hot pools, massages and facials. There is a snack shop there, as well as 2 or 3 cafes and restaurants in the town.

16. If you have time for a 3-6 hour drive, try taking the back roads up to Wyoming.

17. On rainy or snowy days (some have been in summer!), watch movies or play games in the comfort of the house, or read a good book by the fire, or write journals about your trip.

18. Enjoy cooking wonderful meals in our kitchen, which has all of the modern amenities.

19. PHOTOGRAPHY GALORE!!!!!!!!! and More!

For more information about activities in the area, visit:

Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand County General Information
Colorado Directory

Moose near the Estess Keepsake property

Elk across the Colorado River from the National Park -- often in Keepsake's yard

Gambel's Quail

Horseback Riding

Paddling on Sun Valley Lake

Fishing catch from Sun Valley Lake

Mountain Biking