The Estes Valley serves as a premiere scenic gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park in one of the most beautiful settings along Colorado’s Front Range.  The extraordinary views of Longs Peak and the Mummy Range make this mountain community one of the most treasured areas in the state.  The vegetation within this montane ecosystem is composed primarily of open stands of Ponderosa pine intermixed with riparian corridors, grassland, and scattered stands of aspen and Douglas fir.  For the most part, the native plant community has remained intact and is greatly appreciated by residents, visitors, and abundant wildlife in the valley.

Unfortunately, invasive plants have been introduced into the valley and present a threat to plant communities and wildlife habitat around Estes Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) was formed in 2007 to address the threat through community outreach and awareness.  ELSA sponsors educational events and distributes publications and articles that promote native plant appreciation and help residents with identification and management of noxious weeds.  We hope you find this website helpful!