• Photo of park visitors enjoying sunset from the Alpine Ridge Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Rocky Mountain

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Plan A Field Trip

Winter Program

Winter ecology program

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Come to Explore the Winter World of the Rocky Mountains!
Share the wonders of winter with your students! Spend a day on snowshoes learning about the challenging conditions of winter in the park. Discover what plants and animals do during the winter season and how they have adapted to survive here. Programs are available for grades K-12. We provide the snowshoes! Click Here for a list of programs.


Please Note: There will be major road re-construction along Bear Lake Road in 2012 and 2013. During the reconstruction, the road will be closed to all traffic Tuesday -Thursday. Winter shoeshoe programs for schools and organized groups will only take place Friday - Monday. Expect delays and plan your drive time accordingly.

Hiking across the Tundra
Students explore the alpine tundra
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Schedule a Visit
The park offers two types of educational field experiences - field trips and self-directed park visits. Education programs organized by an accredited educational institution, whether self guided or ranger guided, may qualify for a fee waiver for free entrance into the park.

Any group wishing to visit one of the park visitor centers must make a reservation through the Education and Outreach Office. If you do not have a reservation, your group may be turned away.

Before making a reservation, please review the information for scheduling a self guided or ranger guided visit. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis. We recommend that you call at least three months in advance of your desired date for ranger-led programs.

To schedule a program, please call 970-586-3777.

To request a fee waiver for a self guided visit, submit an e-mail, letter, or FAX to:

Fee Program Assistant
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, CO 80517

FAX (970) 586-1352

or click here to send an email

Fee waivers must be requested in writing, on the institution's letterhead at least two weeks prior to the visit. Include a statement about your group's educational objectives.

Did You Know?

a photo of the mountains at treeline

Temperature causes tree line. Trees need an average growing temperature of about 50 degrees fahrenheit.