YMCA of the Rockies is hosting their 2nd Annual Family Winter Mountaineering and Backcountry Weekend.
Let nature inspire your family fitness from March 3-5! YMCA of the Rockies is the perfect place to mountaineer with your family into Rocky Mountain National Park. Take part in family snowshoe hikes, backcountry ski meet ups, outdoor winter survival trainings, winter ecology hikes, and much more. Learn from guest speakers and adults and children alike can play in the Activity Hall!
A keynote address will be given on Saturday evening by The Courvreux family from "A Climbing Party of Four."
Check out the whole schedule!
The YMCA of the Rockies is proud to partner with the Estes Park Mountain Shop and Kent Mountain Adventure Center to provide quality programing for this fun and informative weekend. All listed activities, with the exception of select excursions are free for guests staying in lodge rooms or cabins. For guests staying in off-grounds accommodations and members of the Estes Park community are welcome to purchase day passes for $20/person ages 13 and up to participate in the weekend events. For more information visit ymcarockies.org or call 970-583-3341.
Rocky Mountain National Park's visitation was up again in 2016 with a little over 4.5 million visitors, an increase of 40 percent since 2012! Much of this was due to the National Park Service's 100th anniversary - which brought added crowds to all the national parks, not just RMNP. All months except for December set new visitation records. So how can you visit the park when it's not as crowded?
- Visit the park during the week, not the weekends... The top 10 busiest days in order from top-most visited to tenth-most visited were : September 24, July 3, September 4, September 17, July 24, July 10, July 17, September 5, July 23 and July 30, all of which fell either on a weekend or a holiday! Weekends from late June through September are the most crowded.
- Get to the park early (before 10 am) ... the park staff this past summer and fall limited the access to both the Bear Lake Road corridor and the Wild Basin area when the parking areas were filled and there was a possibility of heavy congestion in those areas.
- Ride the bus ... it's easier to park in downtown Estes, then take the free shuttle into the park.
- Visit the park during the off-peak season when you can get good deals on lodging ... January through mid-May and October through December.