As the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, host to more than two million annual visitors, the primary industry in Estes Park is tourism. Visitors can choose from an array of restaurants, unique shops, activities, attractions and lodging accommodations, ranging from luxurious suites to campgrounds and RV parks. But the Estes Park business community also provides services and amenities for a year-round population of 5,400 residents, which increases dramatically with the addition of summer residents from June until early September.
The Estes Park Chamber Resort Association, with more than 450 members, represents both the tourism and service sectors of the business community. It operates the Estes Park Information Center, which fields calls to the towns tollfree information number (800-44ESTES) and operates a website (www.estes parkresort.com), filled with information about all there is to see and do here. In addition, the EPCRA produces the official annual vacation planner for Estes Park.
The Town of Estes Park has done much in the last 20 years to enhance the area, especially downtown. After much of the downtown area was damaged in the Lawn Lake Flood of 1982, the Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority (EPURA) was formed to revitalize the community and expand its economic base. Major projects of EPURA have included two beautification projects in the downtown area a public/private partnership done in cooperation with Holiday Inn, and improvements within the Stanley Historic District with the addition of parking and lighting.
Primary employers in the Estes Valley are the Town of Estes Park, the School District, Holiday Inn, YMCA of the Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park, Michael Ricker Casting Studio and the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District.
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