Winter is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, fun activities with park rangers are also offered throughout the winter. Rocky Mountain National Park has a calendar full of fun family activities this winter.
On the east side of the park:
Snowshoe Ecology Walks – December 26, 27, 30 and January 2 at 12:30 p.m. Also on Sat, Sun and Wednesdays between Jan. 2 and March 19th. Join a ranger for a beginner-level snowshoe tour exploring the natural world of a subalpine forest. Participants will need to bring their own snowshoes which can be rented at local sporting goods stores. Reservations are required and can be made beginning December 19, call (970) 586-1223. Participants must be 8 years old and above.
On the west side of the park:
Ski the Wilderness – December 26 through January 30th on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Join a ranger for this 1.5 hour cross-country ski tour of the Kawuneeche Valley. Reservations are required, and can be made beginning December 19, call (970) 627-3471. Participants must bring their own skis and poles and be 8 years old and above.
Beginner Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche – December 26 through March 5th on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Join a ranger for a beginner-level snowshoe tour. Bring your own snowshoes and poles. Reservations are required, and can be made beginning December 19;call (970) 627-3471. Participants must be 8 years old and above.
Intermediate Snowshoe Walk - December 27 through March 6th on Sundays at at 1:00 p.m. Join a ranger for a more rigorous tour with elevation gains up to 500 feet. This tour requires the ability to maintain a good pace over uneven terrain at high altitude. Bring your own snowshoes and poles. Reservations are required, and can be made beginning December 20;call (970) 627-3471. Participants must be 8 years old and above.
On both sides of the park:
"Spirit of the Mountains" and "Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder" See the stunning park film and beautiful park centennial film at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Highway 36 west of Estes Park) and the Kawuneeche Visitor Center (located on Highway 34 north of Grand Lake). Programs continue through the winter.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206, Monday through Saturday. You can also check out the park's winter newspaper. All park visitor centers will be closed on December 25th.
If you do plan to visit Rocky Mountain this winter, please note that our hiking website also offers a wide variety of accommodation listings and other things to do to help with all your vacation planning.