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The highest rates here, sometimes dramatically higher, are in summer. For help in finding accommodations, call the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau (tel. 800/443-7837; www.estesparkcvb.com). National chains here include Best Western Silver Saddle, 1260 Big Thompson Ave. (U.S. 34), Estes Park, CO 80517 (tel. 800/WESTERN [937-8376] or 970/586-4476), with rates of $79 to $259 double from June to mid-September, $79 to $199 double during the rest of the year; Super 8, 1040 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 (tel. 800/800-8000 or 970/586-5338), charging $99 to $119 double in summer, $59 to $89 double during the rest of the year; and Travelodge, 1220 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 (tel. 800/578-7878 or 970/586-4421), charging $129 to $220 double in summer, $85 to $109 double during the rest of the year.

Although many lodging facilities in the Estes Park area do not have air-conditioning, it is seldom needed at this elevation. Unless otherwise noted, pets are not permitted. Taxes add 7.7% to hotel bills.

Moderate & Inexpensive -- In addition to the properties discussed here, the Saddle & Surrey Motel, 1341 S. St. Vrain Ave. (tel. 800/204-6226 or 970/586-3326; www.saddleandsurrey.com), with queen rooms for $89 and with kitchenettes for $145 in summer, is a good choice. In an attractive stucco building downtown, the Estes Park Hostel, 211 Cleave St. (tel. 877/213-0549 or 970/586-3149; www.estesparkhostel.com), rents dormitory bunks for $26 and private rooms for $30 (single) or $52 (double), as well as an apartment that sleeps five people and has its own kitchen for $85 a night. There are also cabins and cottages available at the Elk Meadow Campground.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.