Most issues regarding safety in Estes Park revolve around non-wise decisions made by people visiting and spending time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park is not a town that experiences crime on any sort of regular basis. Many of the cabins available for lodging don’t even have real locks on the doors! And, for anyone choosing to pitch a tent for a night or two, the only likely cause of danger is being approached by a wild animal.

One way to help ensure that wildlife will not approach any person hiking in the wilderness or any person (or family) camping in the woods is to 1) NEVER feed any form of wildlife any sort of food, and 2) NEVER leave food or food wrappers lying around. Food and all trash should be disposed of in the appropriate manner so that wild animals are not attracted to it. Animals can bite humans, and potentially cause serious injuries.

Non-experienced hikers in Rocky Mountain National Park are often not aware of the many dangers that can be present on a casual hike. One of the biggest dangers of hiking at a high altitude is the weather can change very rapidly and hikers can be caught off-guard. Therefore, it’s important to always bring extra clothing on a hike. In addition, exploring alone is ALWAYS a bad idea. It is not hard to get lost in the wilderness, and it can be extremely dangerous to veer off a designated trail. There have been many cases where people have gotten lost because they did not follow the recommended rules of the park. More information about hiking and safety is on the Rocky Mountain National Park’s website.

You are advised to take your own drinking water for you, your family, and your pet(s) to be on the safe side.  They've had problems in the past, as recent as 2008, with older lead pipes and lead content in their water.  EPA tests conducted in mid 2008 indicated refinement was needed to optimize the Town's corrosion control efforts in lead pipes.   They did not announce the possible danger of lead in the drinking water from older lead pipes until 6 months later because they didn't want to alarm tourists.  They should have alerted everyone to let the water run for a few minutes, then drink or bathe.  Since that time, the water department has implemented treatment adjustments and continues to conduct follow-up testing.  The problem appears to be corrected for now, but it is better to be on the safe side.