Estes Park - wednesdays - 9:00am

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

2019 PAAC Location Schedule for Estes Park

( Also Plein Air Painters of Estes Park, PAPEP )

Meet on 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 1 through September 25, 2019.  

May 1LaVern 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 8 –  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 15Lyons Park – south of 36 1 block south of downtown.  Park on RailRoad Ave and meet at the picnic area.

May 22Fisherman’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 29 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). This is a business so plan on buying a drink or snack.


June 5Tregent 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 12Alluvial 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.

June 19Beyond 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 26 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. Parking fills up fast here so you might want to consider being there by 8:15.


July 3 – no meeting

July 10Hallowell 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 17 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.

July 24Upper 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 early to get good parking.

July 31 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 7 (Note: This is a different location than was previously published)Riverside Park - in Estes Park, next to river, south of the Post Office, a small park with charming cottages across the river.

August 14 (Note: This is a different location than was previously published)Moraine Park, RMNP. Beaver Meadows entrance, turn on Bear Lake Rd., turn right on dirt road by mail boxes. Parking lot by the creek. Facilities at museum.  Critique by the mail boxes.

August 21 - 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.

August 28Hermit 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.  


September 4 Lumpy Ridge Trailhead off Devil’s Gulch ½ mile past the MacGregor Ranch gate.  Signs, parking, facilities. Arrive early for parking.

September 11Golden 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 18 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.

September 25 - 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.

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