Summer of 2017
PAAC Schedule for Estes Park
Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to noon, followed by a group critique (optional) and sack lunch together. Just show up if you can. All locations have facilities available. Many are in Rocky Mountain National Park and require a park pass. The schedule runs from May 3rd through September 27, 2017.
May 3 – River Bend Park, Lyons, 501 W. Main. Western end of downtown just before the intersection of US36 and US7 if coming from Estes and just beyond the intersection if coming from the east into Lyons. Entrance to the park is on the west side of the road and is marked River Bend Park. There will be a balloon on the entry point. Sandstone cliffs, St.Vrain River, tiny homes.
May 10 - Hall Ranch Open Space - Located 1 mile west of Lyons on the north side of Highway 7 (South Saint Vrain). The upper parking lot has covered tables and bathroom. This is a Boulder County Open Space and there are no fees.
May17 - The Riverwalk, downtown Estes behind the Ink and Brew, by the river.
May 24 - Coffee on the Rocks, 510 Moraine Ave, E.P. Take hwy 36 toward the RMNP, past the Rock Shop and Twisted Pine Store. Coffee shop on left, paint pond or river. Parking, facilities in shop, critique and lunch at tables (shop sells food and drink).
May 31- Tregent Park is that small park by the water wheel on West Elkhorn in Estes Park at Spruce Street. There are mountain views, flowers, Fall River, bridges. Ample parking and facilities
June 7 - MacGregor Ranch. Go north out of Estes Park on MacGregor Lane into the MacGregor Ranch. Meet by the museum (red roof). There is a small fee (about $5-6) paid at the museum.
June 14 - Wild Basin/Copeland Falls. Take hwy 7 from Estes Park about 12 miles to the Wild Basin Entrance to RMNP. Go past the lake to the end of gravel road. Parking, facilities. Nice at base, middle, and top. Arrive early as parking fills up quickly.
June 21 - Upper Beaver Meadows, RMNP. Beaver Meadows entrance, go past Bear Lake Rd. and take the next left (sign, dirt road). Meet at the end of the Road. Parking, facilities. Plan to get there a little early to get good parking.
June 28 - Alluvial Fan, RMNP. Take the Fall River entrance, turn right after sheep crossing sign, meet at second west alluvial fan parking lot. Spread out to many spots. Facilities. Critique and lunch at tables just past the Fan.
July 5 – no session
July 12 - Sprague Lake - take south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, turn on Bear Lake Road, past the shuttle bus parking lot, 1-2 mi on left. Small sign for Sprague Lake, meet in parking lot by the lake.
July 19 - Beyond Cub Lake Trailhead. South entrance to RMNP. Turn on Bear Lake Road. Turn right directly across from Moraine Park Museum to campground entrance. Turn left before the campground and drive past the Cub Lake trailhead to the parking lot with the bathrooms.
July 26 - Hallowell Park. RMNP, Beaver Meadows entrance, turn on road to Bear Lake, first right turn after the Thompson River Bridge, watch for the sign at a small park on right, about half way to Bear Lake.
August 2 - – Endovalley. North entrance to RMNP. Turn right after the bighorn sheep crossings in Horseshoe Park. Go to the end of the pavement. Go clear around the loop.
August 9 - Fisherman’s Nook on the north side of Lake Estes. Go off hwy 34 on Grand Estates Dr., right on Lakefront St. and go to the edge of the lake.
August 16 - Cynthia Reedy’s cabin at 1551 Devil’s Gulch Rd. 2 miles from town of Estes on Devil’s Gulch Rd. Cabin on left (north) side. PLAN ON A POT LUCK LUNCH. 970-980-9443 if you get lost. There will be a balloon on a post in the front yard.
August 23 - Sleepy Hollow Campground. Down the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34),
seven miles from Estes, between mile markers 70 and 71. The road goes off to the south and down. By the river, facilities.
August 30 - Golden Ponds in Longmont. Take highway 66 to Hover St., turn south, go west on 3rd and drive straight into the parking lot. From Boulder take the Diagonal to Hover St.
September 6 – Lumpy Ridge Trailhead off Devil’s Gulch ½ mile past the MacGregor Ranch gate. Signs, parking, facilities. Arrive early for parking.
September 13 - Lawn Lake Trailhead. Take the Fall River entrance into RMNP and go through Horseshoe Park. At the right hand turn for Endo Valley there is a parking lot immediately on the right, picnic grounds and facilities. Meet there and spread out.
September 20 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, approximately one-half mile from the intersection of Highway 34 (Wonderview bypass) and MacGregor Lane. Park in the church parking lot, bathrooms available inside. This site has beautiful stands of aspen which we hope will be turning plus a stream and views of the Twin Owls and Lumpy Ridge.
September 27 – Hermit Park. 3860 Hwy 36, east of Estes Park. Turn south at the top of Pole Hill Road before the big drop into Estes. Go several miles in to meet at the Pavilion. Paint aspen, cabins. Parking, facilities. Fee is $6 per car so car pool if you can. Hopefully, we’ll have great color.