dreamstime_875545-300x199Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, signaling the unofficial start of summer. With the kids out of school and vacation days just begging to be used, Estes Park is getting ready to play host to families from far and wide.

When it comes to places to eat in Estes Park, Smokin’ Dave’s has you covered. From fried catfish to the most mouthwatering ribs you’ve ever tasted, our menu is a love letter to the art of Colorado barbecue.

Even if you’ve only got a day or two to spare, there are plenty of amazing adventures to be had in Estes Park. Try one of our favorite day trips listed below, then come on in to our Moraine Ave. location to find out why we’re one of the best places to eat in Estes Park!


Are you itchin’ to put your AWD vehicle through its paces? There’s no better place to brush off the dust than Trail Ridge Road. This alpine road connects Estes Park to the town of Grand Lake, achieving elevations of more than 12,000 feet along the way. Although it’s paved, the weather on Trail Ridge Road can change rapidly, so be prepared for snow…even in the summer!


Everyone is familiar with the majesty of Rocky Mountain National Park, and while the peaks are impressive, there’s some unforgettable stuff hidden in the valleys below. On this guided hike led by local Tom Dewitz, you’ll experience three of the most beautiful meadows in all of Colorado. Learn more about this full day walking hike here.


Looking for an adventure that will really get your heart pounding? Why not book a trip with one of the manywhitewater rafting outfits that service the Estes Park area! Under the supervision of an experienced river guide, you’ll steer your boat through churning rapids for a rafting trip that’s pure Colorado.

Each one of these day trips is sure to give you a healthy appetite, so before you head back to your hotel or campsite, be sure to stop into Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse: one of the most satisfying places to eat in Estes Park!