About the Museum


Estes Park Museum

200 4th Street

 Estes Park, CO 80517

(970) 586- 6256

Wednesday - Saturday:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Historic Fall River Hydroplant

1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO 80517

2022 Season:

June 1 - September 30, 2022

Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m.

Birch Ruins & Cabin, Centennial Open Space at Knoll-Willows

170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517

Open year-round, dawn to dusk

Stanley Steamer
Mission & Vision

Vision: Contributing to the Vision of the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park Museum will cultivate a passion for our history.

Mission: Contributing to the Mission of the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park Museum conducts activities that preserve, share, and respect the unique history of Estes Park.

Museum History

In 1962, the National Park Service razed Stead’s Ranch, an 1876 homestead and guest ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park. Concerned citizens organized to preserve artifacts from the ranch, and then extended their vision to the Estes Valley, creating the basis for the Estes Park Museum.

Operating as a municipal museum since 1992, the original non-profit reestablished itself to become the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. to support the mission of the Museum. 

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


Estes Park Museum Press Releases:

June 27, 2022 - Leavitt Book Program

June 14, 2022 - Downtown Walking Tour

May 24, 2022 - Historic Fall River Hydroplant Opens


The mission of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. is to support the mission of the Estes Park Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, outreach, and special projects and events. The tax-deductible membership includes invitations to exhibit openings, special members-only educational programs and events, a 10% discount on most items in the Museum Shop, and the Museum Pieces newsletter.

Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.

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