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winterinestesparkEstes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado are among top tourist destinations in the state especially during the summer months. But what most people don’t realize is that winter is also a great time to visit both of these outdoor havens as well.

Did you know that on September 4, 2015 – Rocky Mountain National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary?

Here’s just a few things you can do this winter in Estes Park with family and/or friends:

winterinestespark1. Go Full Moon Snowshoeing

Join Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers on the night of the full moon in winter months for a snowshoe adventure through the park.

2. Take a scenic winter drive

Drive along Bear Lake Road; Fall River Road to the Alluvial Fan; or Devil’s Gulch to Dry Gulch Road.

3. Cross Country Ski

High trails in the National Park are great for family and friends to enjoy

4. Hike

Yes, in the winter, you can go hiking in the low trails.

5. Ice Skating

Estes Park offers a man made skating rink downtown

6. Sledding & Tubing

Hidden Valley in the National Park is popular for sledding & tubing

7. Do a Night Ghost Tour

Tour the famous Stanley Hotel which was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s bestselling book and movie adaptation, ‘The Shining’.

Famous Stanley Hotel

Famous Stanley Hotel Photo by Brokentaco

8. Visit Grand Lake

On the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find the town of Grand Lake, which is Colorado’s largest natural lake. Offers wonderful options for lodging and dining.

9. Snowcat Tours

Colorado Snowcat Tours includes a heated snowcat ride up to Estes Park Outfitters remote cabin to begin your adventure.  Groups up to 8.

10. Attend the Estes Park Winter Festival

Enjoy live music, Colorado beer & wine, Chili Cook-off and kids activities at the annual Estes Park Winter Festival.

11. Do a Fun Run 

Estes Park hosts a variety of runs including family fun runs suitable for all abilities

12. Get Artsy!

Learn about homesteading, rocks, steam cars and Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park more than 20 museums and galleries.

Source & Idea Inspiration: VisitEstesPark.com

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Photo by Brokentaco

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Infographic: Things to do this winter in Estes Park Colorado

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