Estes Park

Contact: Margaret Jensen, 970-586-4816,, or Cynthia Price Reedy, 970-980-9443,

Summer of 2018

PAAC Schedule for Estes Park


Plein Air Painters of Estes Park

2018 location schedule

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 2 through September 26, 2018. Be aware that there are detours around Estes Park due to road construction. Signage should be adequate.

May 2 –LaVern M. Johnson Park, 600 Park Dr., Lyons. At Lyons continue onto CO 7 (West 5th Ave) for 243 ft, turn right onto Park Dr.

May 9 - 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.

May 16 - - 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.

May 23 - 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 30 - Lumpy Ridge Trailhead off Devil’s Gulch ½ mile past the MacGregor Ranch gate. Signs, parking, facilities. Arrive early for parking.

June 6 - 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 13 - 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.

June 20 - 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. The gate on the front of the deck is painted to look like colored pencils.

June 27 - Hallowell Park. RMNP, Beaver Meadows entrance, turn on road to Bear Lake, first right turn after the Thompson River Bridge, watch for a small sign on the right. Turn there and follow the road to the parking lot.

July 4 - no meeting

July 11 – 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.

July 18 – 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 25 – 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 1 – 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.

August 8 – The Riverwalk, downtown Estes behind the Ink and Brew, by the river.

August 15 - 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.

August 22 – Lawn Lake Trailhead. Take the Fall River (North) 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.

August 29 – H-BAR-G-Ranch - Turn north off hwy 34 to Dry Gulch Rd. Go to end and turn R. at the T (CO 61). Go up H-Bar-G Rd., follow signs. Be sure to close the gate after entering. This is private property so please do not go there before hand to check it out. Facilities, tables.

September 5 – Lily Lake, take hwy 7 out of Estes Park toward Allenspark. Lily Lake is on the right at the top of the big hill. Facilities, tables.

September 12 - 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.

September 19 – 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 26 – 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 Lum

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