Photo Credit: NPS/Ann Schonlau

The west side of the park received a little snow!
1-2 inches throughout the valley. The snow will arrive, so it's time to plan some fun RMNP adventures! 

What to do in the park this winter?

* Before heading out, check snow, avalanche and trail conditions.

Snowshoeing is a great activity for winter exploring. Snowshoes, warm boots and some poles and you're off! Most park trails are open to snowshoeing. An entirely different experience is had when winter adventuring in the mountains.

Cross-country Skiing
Ready to step it up and cover more ground? Cross-country skiing is also an option throughout the park. Some trails are steeper, so chat with a park ranger prior to heading out to ensure an enjoyable and safe excursion.

The former Hidden Valley Ski Area is your spot! It's the one place in the park where sledding is allowed. Sledding takes place on the old bunny slope area, so it's a gentle grade. Bring your own sled and walk on up. There's a warming hut and bathrooms at the base. 

Ranger-Led Snowshoe or Ski Programs
Did you know RMNP has free Ranger-Led Programs? Reservations are required. Learn more here: Ranger-Led Programs

Wildlife Watching
Winter is such a beautiful time to look for wildlife, everything shows up better against a snowy backdrop. Many park roads are open and allow for a warm, easy tour by car. Look for moose on the west side, elk and mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes and a number of winter bird species. 

Needing equipment?
Both Estes Park and Grand Lake have shops where you can rent winter equipment. The following sites give options for rental locations: Visit Estes Park | Visit Grand County