Rocky Mountains in Winter

Estes Park Winter | Grand Lake Winter

Winter means snow in the Rockies and snow means fun!

Snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing in the lower valleys, winter mountaineering and ski touring in the high country, downhill skiing ar Eldora and Winter Park, sledding and tubing at Hidden Valley, snowmobiling at Grand Lake, a Snowcat Tour on Twin Sisters, ice skating and a cup of hot chocolate.

Access roads are kept open and provide the winter traveler with a panorama of the high mountains.

Rangers lead Winter Ecology Walks in the Park and Winter Skiing in Grand Lake, and Rocky Mountain Conservancy offers Winter Seminars and Snowshoe Treks.

Scroll down and look left - more information on these winter activities can be found in the Winter Activities link box.
In the Park, Moraine Park campground is the only campground open all year.  All 77 winter sites are first-come, first-served. Park dump stations are closed.
If you are going into the Park backcountry overnight, you will need a backcountry permit, available free at park headquarters, or the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Some areas are closed to overnight camping, and the danger of avalanches frequently exists, so plan your trip carefully, checking with park rangers for the latest Information on the areas In which you plan to travel.
Never travel alone. Take extra supplies in case you are forced to bivouac overnight. Winter in the Rockies can mean sudden storms and subzero temperatures at any time.

"Know Before You Go" - practice your Avalanche Beacon Rescue Skills at Hidden Valley before you head out at the Avalanche Beacon Training Park.
Hypothermia, or loss of body heat through exposure, is a danger that can be encountered any time of the year. If anyone exhibits shivering, slurred speech, incoherence, stumbling, or drowsiness, get the person out of the wet, cold. and wind, and into shelter and dry, woolen clothing. The quickest way to warm the victim is to place the person in a dry sleeping bag with another person.