Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter


Winter is the perfect time and Estes Park is the perfect place for:


  • Snowshoeing  With the advent of smaller, lighter snowshoes, this is one of the fastest growing sports in America and the Park has wonderful, scenic trails to explore.  For an unforgettable experience, join a Ranger for a Full Moon Walk on snowshoes!
  • Wildlife Watching  Many animals move to the lower elevation of town for winter food. Elk like the golf course. Deer, our shrubs. Check out the pictures section for recent wildlife photos.
  • Cross Country & AT Skiing  High trails in the National Park are scenic cross country ski trails in the winter and great places to explore on AT Skis. 
  • Hiking  Low trails in the National Park that accumulate little snow are open for winter hikes.
  • Ice Skating  There are several ponds that are popular for skating, and YMCA in the Rockies has a pond that you can skate on.
  • Sledding & Tubing  Hidden Valley in the National Park are popular sledding/tubing areas.
  • Snowcat Tour  Sign up for a private snowcat tour on Twin Sisters 
  • Downhill Skiing  Eldora ski area is just an hour south on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Winter Weather Averages.    

These businesses are open in the winter to welcome you, or check out these Winter Lodging Specials:

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Stay two nights, get the third night free! Hot tub cabins and cozy cottages all with a beautiful mountain view. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife. Close to everything. Don't ski? Come see Estes Park!  Lazy R Cottages Details

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891 Moraine Avenue
40.3652503 -105.5438894

Stay two nights, get the third night free (October 15 through May 21). Hot tub units, Jacuzzi suites, riverside condos. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife, great views. Come see the beauty of Estes Park in winter!  Fawn Valley Inn Details

Stay 2 nights, get 3rd night free - or call for additional specials
2760 Fall River Road
40.398998 -105.574332

Stay two nights, get the third night free! Hot tub cabins and cozy suites right in the trees. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife. Hike from your front door. Free snowshoe rental. Don't ski? Come see Estes Park!  Timber Creek Chalets Details

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2115 Fall River Rd
Estes Park
40.392757 -105.561862

Winter days are usually sunny. Our biggest snow months are March and April. These averages are from the Colorado Climate Center over a period from 2001 to 2015.

December 34.6°F 17.6°F 0.84"
January 36.1°F 18.3°F 0.59"
February 35.0°F 15.6°F 0.86"
March 44.3°F 22.6°F 1.46"

Higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park get more snow and are colder. The Park is open all year but Trail Ridge Road over the continental divide closes for winter. The weather page has temperature links for Bear Lake and Willow Park at treeline.