The Birch Ruins sit high up on the hill of Willow Knolls behind the Estes Park Library and Town Hall in Estes Park. Al G. Birch was a newspaper reporter and publicist for the Denver Post. He loved Estes Park and wanted to build his dream house high on a cliff with incredible views of the mountains. Unfortunately, a carpenter ran floor joists under the fireplace so the house burned to the ground on a bitterly cold night in December, 1907.
You can park your car in the parking lot across from the Stanley Hotel and walk the path up to the Birch Ruins. Or you can park behind the library and hike across the bridge and around to the trails to the birch ruins.
The Birch Ruins sit on top of Willow Knolls which is a beautiful park in itself. The wildflowers are gorgeous and the view of the mountains and Lake Estes are stunning. It’s a short walk or hike and worth the effort.
Yesterday Phil and I were there taking some photographs of the beautiful wildflowers, mountain views and the ruins as they look over the town of Estes Park. Willow Knolls is rarely crowded and very pretty. On our way back to the car a mother deer and her little baby ran around in front of us. They were just adorable and so much fun to see! You never know when you’ll see some wildlife in Estes Park!