The Estes Park ResortHistory

The Lakeshore Lodge opened its doors to guests on a warm Memorial Day Weekend in the year 2001. As Lake Estes’ only waterfront hotel, visitors were invited to experience sprawling views of the Rocky Mountains, the Continental Divide, Twin Sisters, and Long’s Peak, all from the comfort of one of the best resorts in Estes Park. Eleven years later, the resort was purchased by its current owners and renamed the Estes Park Resort.


In 2011, Kevin Bierl and his partners purchased the Lakeshore Lodge, a 52 unit hotel and lakeside restaurant. Kevin’s daughter was attending the University of Colorado Boulder at the time and fell in love with the beauty and charm of Estes Park so, when a hotel came available for sale right on the lake, it seemed fate had stepped in. Kevin had typically developed hotels from the ground up but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own a business in a town he and his children adored. The resort was renovated but kept its original charm – a quaint log cabin feel with stunning views!


With panoramic Rocky Mountain views, the warmth of the crackling fire, and intimate company of your loved ones, this is the lakefront location where lasting memories are made. Meals and libations can be ordered from Dunraven to be enjoyed at our fire pits, or BBQ your own creation on one of our grills. And, of course, no fire is complete without roasting marshmallows to create the perfect s’mores!

Fun Facts

Did you know the Estes Park Resort used to be the site of the town’s drive-in movie theater? The drive in theater opened in 1953 and the original ticket booth was still onsite when the resort was purchased in 2011.

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