McGregor Mountain Blog

McGregor Webcam in Estes Park!

December 18, 2012

Have you been looking at the webcam today? Lefty and Brat are napping in the flower bed (well, snow bed today) in front of Columbine Cottage #3! They love these snowy days where they can lounge around, re-chewing their lunches, and just enjoy the winter weather! We’ve gotten a few inches of snow overnight and throughout the day, but are expecting up to 8 more tonight and tomorrow! Click here to follow along!

Lefty & Brat! (yes, we are aware the date/time stamp on the webcam is incorrect)

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It’s an annual event that attracts thousands to our quaint mountain village. A Holiday tradition that is a great time for people of all ages! Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, people enjoy spending time downtown visiting the shops, restaurants, and parks that make up the heart of Estes Park. As the sun begins to set families line Elkhorn Avenue as they anticipate the start of the Catch the Glow Estes Park Holiday Parade.

Many local businesses and organizations create their own floats and start an the west end of Elkhorn Ave and travel east making a turn up Hwy 7 ending in the Estes Park Inn’s property. Lines were long at the local coffee shops with people wanting that warm drink, kids were playing in the parks, and everyone was talking about their wonderful Thanksgiving feast and anticipating the coming Christmas Season. It’s a fantastic event and great way to experience just what this wonderful mountain village has to offer!


This year there will be an ice skating rink right downtown in Estes! It’s across from Bond Park in the parking lot by the Dairy Queen and Casa Grande.  We’ll get some pics and more fun stuff when it opens next week. But here is the rundown on cost and hours directly from the town of Estes Park:




Southeast corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Riverside Drive


ICE SKATING         $2.00
SKATE RENTAL    $2.00 

OPERATING:  November 21, 2012 thru Mid-March 2013 weather dependent.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


                                 Saturdays:      11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays:        11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Wednesday11/21/12 & Friday 11/23/12 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays & Fridays 11/29/12 – 12/21/12 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Christmas Vacation 12/22/12 thru 1/6/13
Saturdays & Sundays regular operating hours
Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


School Holidays
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day, 1/21/13
Presidents Day, 2/18/13
Park School District Parent/Teacher Conferences 2/23/2013


Park School District Early Release Wednesdays 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Dec. 12, Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb. 6, Feb.20, Mar. 6.



First Snow of 2012

October 25, 2012


We have been anticipating our first real snow for a while now. Usually it happens in September or October, so we’re ready for it a bit earlier than most of the country. This latest weather system has been on the radar now for a week as a super cold air mass moved down from the arctic. It arrived yesterday and started snowing lightly at about  4:00 picking up at it got dark. It was so pretty as the first big flakes of the season fell gently from the sky. We had a nice fire going here in the lobby and settled in for a chilly night in the mountains.

The morning broke with low clouds and light snow falling more like a thick mist. The roads were a bit icy, but not too bad, and as the clouds started to break, with the rising sun, some of the mountain tops (like Deer Mountain) were revealed and added a bit of drama to this stunning morning. I walked the property for a few minutes and took some snap shots of the scenery to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy!



Turkeys and Autumn Thoughts

October 11, 2012

The nights are getting cooler and we’re already had a morning in the mid/low teens. No real snow to speak of yet with only a dusting of about an inch last week. But the seasons are changing and these crisp mountain mornings are sure invigorating! The wildlife is very active with Elk Jams along the roads in town and Elk, Mule Deer, Turkeys, and many other critters making daily appearances at the lodge. The leaves are a bit past peak now but still beautiful around town, and everyone is getting ready for all of the winter activities in the mountains around Estes Park! Snowshoeing, mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, all the good stuff…

I was walking around the property this morning and the Turkeys were down again. They have become regular visitors to the property and are a guest favorite! They let me get fairly close and I got some great shots as they scratched around beneath the bird feeder beside the Chalet Building. Another beautiful morning here at McGregor!