McGregor Mountain Blog

Fall in Estes Park!

August 30, 2012

A great little video highlighting all there is to do in Estes Park during the spectacular Fall season! This is one of our favorite times of year. The aspen start turning their fiery gold, the elk begin bugling that echoes through our high mountain valleys, and the cold begins to creep down the mountains causing smoke to rise, once again, from the chimneys in and around town. Enjoy!

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Bear with a sweet tooth!

August 7, 2012

We figured you all would love this video of a little black bear breaking into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory here in town! Enjoy!

 

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That’s right! How would you like a weekend in Estes?!?! We are partnering with Poppy’s Pizza and Mama Rose’s Italian to offer a free weekend in Estes Park. Over the weekend of August 17/18, get two nights of lodging here at McGregor, and all of your meals, included in this weekend getaway contest! All you need to do is get here!

Enjoy some of the National Park’s hundreds of miles of hiking trails then come ‘home’ to relax in your cabin as you look out at Deer Mountain right across the valley! To refuel, head over to Poppy’s or Mama Rose’s for a wonderful meal in downtown Estes Park!

All meals and two nights lodging are included… note that this is for two people. You’ll be staying in one of our Columbine Cottages (link), a wonderful cabin with spectacular panoramic views. It has a queen bed, jetted bathtub, fully equipped kitchen, and a wood burning fireplace. Take advantage of our video library and our close proximity to both the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park!

Check out these two great restaurants: Mama Rose’s & Poppy’s.

So, how do you enter? Just click on the following link and enter your information (you may have to like Poppy’s on facebook first): Click here for contest. And click here to ‘like’ Poppy’s!

 

Best of luck, and we hope to see you in August!!

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Final Fire Update

July 6, 2012

Great news all around! The High Park Fire has been 100% contained for days now and is no longer a large threat to anyone in the Ft Collins area, and certainly no threat to us here in Estes Park. The air quality is absolutely perfect, and we are now into our typical summer monsoon pattern – getting a good thunderstorm every afternoon with plenty of rain… I think our soil has now been damp 24 hrs a day for three or four days.

And there are NO fires in Estes Park. We are still getting calls and cancellations due to fire reasons, mainly due to sensationalized media reporting causing irrational fear in folks not in Colorado.

There is a danger of fires EVERY year in Colorado, and the west. Every year there is a destructive fire somewhere in the state, and this year is no different. It just happened to be drier and warmer causing fires to grow larger and faster than normal. But the only fire to truly effect us here in Estes was the Woodland Heights fire, a house fire that spread into some open space. It was under control within hours and contained the following day. Yes, it was devastating to those who lost homes, but Estes Park was not ‘burning’ like some media outlets were reporting.

We are still getting cancellations due to fire reasons, but I cannot say it any more plainly and honestly: There is no reason not to come to Colorado and/or Estes Park. I wish you could see the view from my window right now! (actually you can: WebCam) It’s about 65 degrees and perfectly clear as I write this. We just had a Mule Deer family stroll through and I can see guests heading out for a day of hiking and touring.

And a note on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs (3 hours south of us): As of last night it was 95% contained and they are expecting 100% containment today.

You can see the weather for the week here: Estes Park Weather

Larimer County Emergency Info: Up to date fire news. Click Here

Air Quality Reports: Click Here

We all truly hope that if you’re planning on coming or thinking about taking your vacation in Colorado and/or Estes Park that you don’t hesitate because of a fear of fires. There is no reason to stay away from these beautiful mountains. And if you think you’re too late to book for July and early August, in most years you’d be correct, but we have had cancellations so give us a call and see what we have left… We hope to see you soon!

Michael

oh… and check out the parks cams… http://www.nps.gov/romo/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

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Colorado Wildfires

June 25, 2012

There has been a lot of misinformation about the wildfires in relation to Estes Park, so I hope this will give some clarity as to what is actually going on in and around Estes Park:

Woodland Heights Fire
This is the fire that was IN Estes Park. It is fully contained and all evacuees are being allowed to return home. It burned about 27 acres and 20 homes, but, contrary to many news reports, did not burn ANY of the National Park (and certainly not ‘much’ of the park) and did not spread throughout the town of Estes Park. You can see the Larimer County Emergency Postings here: http://www.larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=86

High Park Fire
This is the very large and destructive fire to our north, outside of Ft. Collins, roughly 20 miles away from Estes Park. This fire is roughly 83,000 acres in size and has destroyed almost 250 homes. However it is not affecting Estes Park. There are times when it has been a bit hazy here in town if the wind is just right, and only once (when a cold front blew through last week) has the Estes Valley filled with smoke, and it was clear and smoke free after a couple of hours. But the winds are typically from the west, blowing all of the smoke out to the east northeast. It was officially reported by the National Park Service that there was only a 1% chance of the fire even reaching the northern boundary of the National Park (10 miles to our north). You can see the Larimer County Emergency Postings regarding the High Park Fire here: http://www.larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85

Other Colorado Fires
There are several other fires burning in Colorado at the moment as well. The other of great concern is outside of Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon Fire. However, this is over 3 hours to our south and poses no threat to Estes or McGregor at all.

 

It is 100% safe to come enjoy yourself and your family here in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. There is no reason not to come up and experience all that this great area has to offer! With that said, we all need to take extra precautions to assure that no more fires start. We have taken up all of our BBQ pits, and smoking outside is temporarily against the law in Larimer County. We all also need to be mindful of where we pull off the road. When we see an elk, a bear, or want to enjoy a view that reveals itself as we’re driving along, it’s only natural to pull off the road as soon as possible and grab the camera, but this can be very dangerous in very dry, red flag year, such as this year. Our cars catalytic converters get very hot and can start grass fires (this is how the Big Elk Fire was started in 2002 in Big Elk Meadows just east of Estes). No picture is worth that! We also need to hold one another accountable. If you see someone smoking outside, pulling off into tall dead grass, or having an outdoor fire of any sort, we need to let them know they are being irresponsible and endangering thousands of people with their actions. It’s actually pretty simple and easy to avoid starting an unnecessary fire.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion the media has caused with faulty reporting of fires and the Estes Park area. And please know that if there was any danger here in Estes or near the lodge, we would take the proper precautions and make sure people get out safely and or course refund any reservations that would be effected by the danger of any active fires.

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