Estes Park, Colorado has been a unique mountain attraction for many generations of athletes – the trail network in the area grows as the demand from visitors and the local community hit the high country. The incredibly beautiful Estes Valley was discovered by Joel Estes in 1860, following the trail of a bear on a hunting expedition with his son. The magnificent mountain town sits at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1913. The park covers more than 415 square miles, and has over 355 miles of amazing and popular trails.
Trail runners have been attracted to the Estes Park area by the incredible natural beauty, temperate climate and clean air of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Many come to challenge or establish new records on the mountain trails. One of the most respected is the Longs Peak Trail, rising to 14,255 feet from the trailhead below. Longs Peak dominates the Front Range skyline, and has been a test trail for local and visiting athletes for decades with many incredible records being set. Colorado-based trail runners like Scott Jurek, Anton Krupicka, Nick Clark and Buzz Burrell often run these area mountain trails.
The Conference takes place at the world famous Stanley Hotel. The hotel first opened in 1909, and is possibly best known today for its inspirational role in Stephen King's novel, "The Shining.’
Renowned for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction, and is less than six miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multiple renovations have restored this 140-guest room hotel to its original grandeur.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley offers over 16,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space equipped with modern day amenities. Only an hour away from Denver, it is the ideal destination for your Colorado getaway.