Things to Do in Colorado in Winter

Winter Family Activities

Join a Ranger to explore the winter world of Rocky Mountain National Park.

On the East side of the Park, Snowshoe Ecology Walks are a fun winter family activity.  In 2018 they will be held Jan 7 through March 18 on Sun., Wed., & Fri. at 12:30 pm. with no programs on Jan 14 and Feb 18.  Participants must be 8 years of age or older, and will need to bring your own snowshoes or traction devices depending on snow conditions.  Reservations are required and can be made a week ahead of time - call (970) 586-1223.

On the West side of the Park, Beginner Snowshoe programs (Winter Ecology Walks) are from Dec. 30, 2017 through Mar. 3, 2018 and Intermediate Snowshoe programs are from Dec. 31 through Mar. 4, 2018.  Participants must be 8 and up only.  Bring your own snowshoes and call (970) 627-3471 for program times and dates and to reserve a place in advance.

Ski Kawuneechee Valley with a Ranger!  Winter Skiing Programs begin from Dec 30, 2017 - January 27, 2018.  For program times & dates and to reserve your place call (970) 627-3471 up to one week ahead of time.

Full Moon Walks are another great outdoor activity in winter that the whole family can enjoy.  Join a Ranger to explore the Park under the light of the full moon on Dec. 3, 2017 and Jan. 31, Mar. 1, and Mar. 31, 2018.  Reservations are necessary  - call (970) 586-1223 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reserve a spot no more than 7 days in advance.  Maximum six people per reservation.

Another family activity in the Park during winter is the Wild in Winter program on Sat. & Sun. from 10 am to 11 am at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

Lodging Availability

Estes Park Winter Festival