As winter approaches many hikers are making their last trips into their favorite spots. Here Dave Rusk, local photographer and avid hiker, shows us the Fall splendor of the west side of Taylor Peak. As the seasons change our mountain vistas provide an ever new landscape to enjoy. If you have not seen the mountains in their late Fall splendor you still have time to come enjoy it. After a day of driving or hiking in the park enjoy a crackling fire and hot drink in your cabin and perhaps a soak in our hot tub. It’s great way to enjoy our harvest season. Won’t you come join us?

Cross over Fall River on our Covered Bridge to the peaceful mountain vacation that awaits you. First, nestle into your cozy cabin, suite or room. Then take a walk or fish along the river, hike up our mountainside that leads into Rocky Mountain National Park, sit out on the deck or patio to spot the Elk, Deer, Wild Turkeys, chipmunks, Red Fox or feathered friends who visit us regularly. Lastly, relax in a hot tub, read by a crackling fire and then retire to the rippling waters of Fall River. Your magical experience begins now with a warm “Castle” welcome!


Did you ever wonder how a lodge like Castle Mountain Lodge came into being? You may be surprised to learn not only the original owners and developers, Igor and Irene Polevitzky, but subsequent owners Jim and Gerry Wenger, and current owner Warren (and his late wife Ruth) all started out by vacationing in Estes Park. Sound familiar? In 1947 Igor and Irene Polevitzky came to Estes Park for a vacation. They stayed at Voelkel’s Glacier Lodge, now known as Glacier Lodge. They fell in love with the Estes Park area, begin looking for land to buy, and the rest, as they say, is history