Holiday Lights - RMNP Style

Longs Peak Sunset

Close your eyes.  Picture Estes Park in December.  Vistas blanketed in white snow, right?  Most people have that picture in mind when they think of December in Rocky Mountain National Park, however most years they'd be wrong.  

On a typical year, our high peaks are snow covered, but the region gets most of its snowfall during the early spring.  Estes Park does get the occasional snow storm around the holidays, but when I think of Christmas lights around here it's the sunset that comes to mind. 

The winter weather over Longs Peak often develops a cloud formation that sits just to the east of the mountains nearly all day long.  While the mornings during these conditions are cloudy and cool, the evenings often allow the sun to shine.  As the sun sets, the warm light and colors light up those clouds and the results are spectacular!  So even though some winter days will be cloudy and grey, often the grand finales are more than worth the wait.

Guest Post by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  To book a guided tour of Rocky Mountain National Park, contact him at