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Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tired of waiting in line for a ski lift?  Tired of the crowds and the $25 hotdogs?  Prefer a pristine backcountry winter experience?  It's time to try snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

While snowshoeing may still be a sleeper-sport, it is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and can be enjoyed by just about anyone.  We always say - if you can walk, you can snowshoe.

Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Today's snowshoes no longer look like large wooden tennis rackets.  They're smaller, lighter, and much easier to put on.

Rocky Mountain National Park has great snowshoeing and offers snowshoeing destinations for all ability levels.

What to Wear :  Wear warm layers preferably with a nylon pant and jacket.  Be sure to have warm gloves, a hat,  sunglasses, good hiking boots or winter boots and warm socks.  Bring a thermos of hot chocolate, tea or coffee, something yummy.

Easy destination :  Nymph Lake

Go to Bear Lake Parking Area.  Be sure to put your snowshoes on at the shelter.  If it's a windy day, don't be deterred.  As soon as you get going and get into the trees the world will be a wonderful place.

Just beyond the shelter and kios, take the Emerald Lake Trail 1/2 mile to little Nymph Lake.  On arrival, look to the right.  At the other end of the lake you'll see a trail marker.  To the right of that marker is a fire trail which will take you back to Bear Lake where you can exit back to the parking lot or make a trip around the lake.

Moderate Destination :  Emerald Lake

Go to Bear Lake Parking Area.  Be sure to put your snowshoes on at the shelter.  If it's a windy day, don't be deterred.  As soon as you get going and get into the trees the world will be a wonderful place.

Just beyond the shelter and kios, take the Emerald Lake Trail 1/2 mile to little Nymph Lake. At the lake you have two choices.  The winter route turns left into the trees and eventually climbs steeply up to Dream Lake.  Follow the tracks.  Or, you can go right to a marker where you'll see the main trail to the left the continues from Nymph to Dream Lake.  It's fun to take the winter trail up and the main trail down.

At Dream Lake, continue across the lake or to the right of the lake and pick up the track that heads to Emerald Lake.

This is a fun area with several beautiful destinations in a short distance.  Remember, snowshoeing is more difficult than hiking.  An easy hiking trip is a moderate snowshoe trip.

We highly recommend a guided trip.  Going with a guide enables you to snowshoe off-trail on the way down which is the best of what snowshoeing has to offer.  You'll be hooked.

Valentine's Day Estes Park Romantic Getaway

With Valentine’s Day coming up, our featured Lodge of the Month is the epitome of  ‘Romantic Getaway’ - a resort offering  upscale spacious cabins, vacation homes, suites, rooms,  or condos on Fall River with fishing access, or up next to the mountains with expansive views into Rocky Mountain National Park.  Wildwood Inn is located just down the road from the Fall River Entrance station and Visitor Center and provides easy access to Trail Ridge Road through Horseshoe Meadows.

 

Wildwood Inn Winter

 

Wildwood Inn specializes in romantic getaways, elopements and weddings.  A unique offering at Wildwood is an on-site spa where you can take advantage of their MANY packages offering spa treatments & massages.  They are also a great place for a family retreat with a fully equipped playground, or for a small group reunion or business gathering.  Offering one of the most extensive choices of spa packages & treatments, chocolates, roses & wine, and daytime outdoor adventures, the knowledgeable staff at Wildwood Inn will help you customize your visit to delight and create special Rocky Mountain memories.   

 

Wildwood Inn Winter Hot Tub

 

Experience outdoor adventure by day, sophisticated comfort by night, and a friendly, healthy Estes Park experience always!! Click here if you would like suggestions of other great Estes Park Romantic Getaway options.  For more information on Wildwood Inn, please check out the Wildwood Inn Detail page, call Wildwood Inn at (970) 586-7804 or go to their website to book a stay.