The holiday season 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, some fun activities with park rangers are offered. Rocky Mountain National Park has a calendar full of fun family
Winter brings deep snows to Rocky Mountain National Park west of the Continental Divide, so you’ll find great snowmobiling and cross country skiing near Grand Lake. But the lighter snowfall on the east (Estes Park) side of the park often leaves low elevation trails open for hiking. Trails below 8,700 feet (2,700 m) make great winter hikes, sometimes without the aid of skis or snow shoes.
One of the questions visitors often ask is "What is there to do in Estes Park in the winter?" I love this question! Honestly, if you dress appropriately (which almost always means dressing in LAYERS), you can enjoy just about all the activities you would during the other seasons.
While out snowshoeing through the wonderland that is Rocky Mountain National Park, you might just spot the white rabbit. Well...it's not actually a white rabbit, it's a hare: a Snowshoe Hare. The main differences between rabbits and hares is that hares give birth to furry young with their eyes open and ready to run.
As the New Year rolls in, humans aren’t the only creatures getting used to the changes winter brings. The animals of Rocky Mountain National Park are experiencing winter in full swing, and the new crop of coyote pups are no exception. In areas like Rocky Mountain National Park where hunting is not permitted, coyotes often form long relationships, producing pups with the same mate year after year.
Most of you know the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park are beautiful in the summer and fall, but how many of you have experienced the enveloping peace of our favorite mountain trails when they are blanketed in snow? I often tell my children that I feel like the richest woman in the world when I'm standing in fresh snow with the sun shining - it's like I'm standing on millions of diamonds!
Today's Guest Blogger is Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.