Drake is an unincorporated community located in the Big Thompson Canyon, on Hwy 34 between Estes Park and Loveland, Colorado. Most homes are either located along the river, or on the shoulders of Storm Mountain, which sits above the junction of Hwy 34 and CR 43. Bighorn sheep are frequent visitors to the canyon walls in and around Drake.
This resilient community suffered greatly during the 2013 floods, but as with previous floods, is rebuilding and stronger than ever.
Drake Real Estate
Drake is an excellent choice for both year-round and vacation home owners. Estes Park, Loveland, and Ft. Collins are all within a reasonable commute time, yet Drake offers privacy, a sense of wilderness, and beautiful views.
School age children in Drake typically attend schools in the Estes Park School District. Bus transportation is available. The district serves grades K-12, with about 1,200 students total in the elementary, middle, and high schools. There is also an enrichment program for homeschooled students.
Drake residents have access to medical facilities in both Estes Park and Loveland. Both the Estes Park Medical Center and the McKee Medical Center in Loveland are within half an hour’s drive. Both provide emergency and other care. Medical Center of the Rockies, also in Loveland, is about 10 minutes further.
Drake is about 20 minutes from Estes Park, and about 40 minutes from Ft. Collins. Because many of the homes in this area are fairly isolated, these commute times can be much longer.
Dining and Shopping
The River Forks Inn Bar & Grill is your one and only choice for dining in Drake. Although the building was heavily damaged in the 2013 flood, they are once again open for business, serving up entertainment, drinks, and a limited selection of food on weekends.
The River Forks Inn hosts musicians and other entertainment throughout the summer. Otherwise, plentiful wildlife, beautiful views, and the sounds of the river are your best bets for entertainment in Drake.
Parks and Recreation
Popular hiking destinations in near Drake include Crosier Mountain and Round Mountain. Climbing and fishing are also popular activities in the Big Thomson Canyon.