Murphy's River Lodge

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Overview of Murphy's River Lodge

Murphy's River Lodge

3.0 star property
Estes Park family-friendly lodge with indoor pool

9.0/10 Superb

988 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet friendly
  • Non-smoking
481 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • Limited hour front desk
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Microwave
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Rocky Mountain National Park - 37 min walk
  • Historic Estes Park - 1 min drive
  • Estes Park Aerial Tramway - 2 min drive
  • Stanley Park - 3 min drive
  • Lake Estes Marina - 4 min drive
  • Estes Park Golf Course - 5 min drive
  • Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - 6 min drive
  • Beaver Meadows Entrance Station - 7 min drive
  • Fall River Entrance Station - 7 min drive
  • Lily Lake - 12 min drive
  • Alberta Falls - 23 min drive

Getting around

  • Fort Collins, CO (FNL-Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal) - 59 min drive
  • Denver Intl. Airport (DEN) - 95 min drive
  • Area shuttle

About this property

Murphy's River Lodge

Murphy's River Lodge puts you just a 5-minute drive from Rocky Mountain National Park. Guests can get a morning swim in at the indoor pool, and the spa tub makes for a relaxing end to the day. The location and comfortable guestrooms get great marks from fellow travelers.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA), Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global), and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 37 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM - anytime
  • Express check-in/out
  • Minimum check-in age - 21
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Up to 2 children (16 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed (dogs only, 2 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • Barbecue grills

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Fishing
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby
  • Sledding nearby
  • Marina nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby


  • 3 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1983
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An indoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Video library


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Wheelchairs available on site
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Pool hoist on site

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • DVD player
  • 32-inch LED TV
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Blender


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Cribs/infant beds are available for USD 1.0 per day
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 15.0 per day


You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 20 per pet, per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa tub

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of:

  • SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)
  • Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)


Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

The hotel's policy requires at least one guest 21 years or older in the room at all times. Minimum age to book a room at this hotel is 21 years of age.

Also known as

Murphy's Lodge
Murphy's River
Murphy's River Estes Park
Murphy's River Lodge
Murphy's River Lodge Estes Park
Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
Murphy's River Lodge Lodge
Murphy's River Lodge Estes Park
Murphy's River Lodge Lodge Estes Park

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10/10 Exceptional

Great little spot on the river!
Paul, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Brook, 3-night trip
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6/10 Good

Some positives, some negatives.
Pluses: Location on the river and on the edge of town. Room clean and comfortable. Good bed. Significant negatives: Outside walkway on 2nd floor was not lighted at night and it was pitch black. Very dangerous and I tripped on an iron bench and banged my shin just below the knee. The entry that serves 2 corner rooms was also not lighted. At the bottom of that entry door there is a vertical frame (no slopes) of at least 4 inches with sharp edges that caused both of us to trip on several occasions. Similar frame issue at entry to room. These safety issues are serious accidents waiting to happen, especially considering the nonexistent lighting. Lesser shortcoming: advertised BBQs: one worked with a weak flame that couldn't roast a marshmellow and nearly ruined my beautiful steaks.2 others wouldn't even light. Finally shown a newer unit on the 2nd floor balcony that gave off just enough heat to salvage cooking the fine steaks. Owners excuse was the wind, which was not a problem. The 3 units are worthless and should be junked. (I have been BBQing for 60 years.)
James, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Yearly Visitor
I visit every year & have a great experience. Nice people, clean place & awesome location.
Vickie, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Batina, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

I was charged almost double what the app booked the room for us. The hotel was perfect. But having to get bent out of shape over $200 extra being charged was not fun. Somehow the hotels dot com needs to do better at communicating with the property.
Samantha, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Perfect place to stay in Estes Park
Murphy's is truly an awesome Lodge Resort. Our room had the perfect cabin feel with a very comfy king bed. The kitchen was eqipped with everything needed to prepare meals. Our indoor fireplace with 0 cleanup, the outdoor fire pit & grills with comfy seating, the creek running behind our room, and patio really made this place extra special. Within 30 min of arrival, my hubby was fishing the creek. The free breakfast was more than sufficient; serving fresh fruit, small bagels, muffins & flavored coffe creamer. I appreciated that the hard boiled eggs were served in the shell. The proximity to town was also noteworthy. No need to drive into downtown. Although we didn't use the board games & movies, it's a thoughtful touch. Most notably, we were very grateful they gave us a late checkout time of 1pm to accommodate our late departure time. We will certainly be returning guests and would highly recommend Murphy's.
Valerie, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Chris, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very nice comfortable room with a beautiful view of Estes Park.
Angelia, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Clean comfy convenient.
So good! Murphys River side room was great. Super clean, comfortable, great location. Spent a full day in RMNP…an easy 4 miles away. Then walked into downtown Estes Park from the hotel for dinner and people watching. Borrowed one of their 400 dvds, too, for an night in.
Douglas, 2-night trip
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