The Venue

Colorado is a beautiful area, blessed with many natural outdoor attractions and access to several National and State Parks. Estes Park is a mountain community adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most visited tourist and outdoor locations in the country. The venue is the historic Stanley Hotel, which will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary the week following the CIB-W18 meeting. This wood framed hotel is a landmark location and highly popular hotel choice and stopping location for daily visitors. Consequently, we are arranging for a guided walking touristic and technical tour of the hotel itself. The beautiful Concert Hall will serve as our meeting room.

Estes Park

The first known man to see the Estes Valley was Joel Estes, a Kentuckian on an expedition. Joel along with his wife Patsy and son Milton moved to the valley in 1863 to make a life hunting, fishing and raising cattle. By 1872, Estes Park was known as a hunting paradise all over the world. In the winter of 1872, Earl of Dunraven, an Irishman moved to the valley and eventually purchased 5,000 acres of land. By the summer of 1877, Dunraven had opened an Hotel available for the many tourists the area began to bring. In 1903 F.O. Stanley came to Estes Park to recover from Tuberculosis. He built a summer house and then in 1907 began the construction of The Stanley Hotel. Today The Stanley Hotel and Estes Park are still one of the most desireable vacation spots.



Estes Park is set an an elevation of 2286 meters ( 7500 ft) above sea level. Accessible locations in the Rocky Mountains can be up to about 3596meters (11,800 ft) above sea level. Visitors from lower elevations will feel an initial air difference, but will adjust over a day or so of time.

The climate is very dry with variable temperature, ranging between warm to hot in the day time and cool to cold in the night. The average daily temperature in August is 25 degrees C (77 degs F) but can vary from 19-30 degrees C (67-87 degs F). The after sunset temperature can be low enough to need a heavier coat. Cloudy or rainy days are unlikley but bursts of wind or showers for short periods could occur. Winds can be either cold currents or very warm, tropical like "chinook" winds. Umbrellas are rarely carried by residents, but it is worth taking one along in your suitcase. Most likely it will stay in your room.