Holiday Fun at Rocky Mountain National Park
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
The holiday season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, some fun activities with park rangers are offered.
On the east side of the park:
Skins and Skulls – Learn about Rocky’s wildlife! Daily from December 26 through January 2 at 3:00 p.m. Come to the Skins and Skulls program at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center for a hands-on experience.
Snowshoe Ecology Walks – Beginner- level snowshoe tour with a ranger to explore the natural world of a subalpine forest. December 30, January 1 and January 2 at 12:30 p.m. For ages 8 and above. Reservations required - call (970) 586-1223 beginning December 23.
Full Moon Walk – Explore the wintery world of Rocky Mountain National Park under the light of a full moon. December 30. Traction devices or poles required. Dress in warm layers and wear waterproof boots. Reservations required - call (970) 586-1223 beginning December 23.
On the west side of the park:
Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche – Beginner-level snowshoe tour with a ranger. December 26 and January 2 at 1:00 p.m. Intermediate-level snowshoe tours held December 27 and January 3 at 1:00 p.m. For ages 8 and above. Reservations required - call (970) 627-3471 no more than seven days in advance.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206. All park visitor centers and the Information Office will be closed on December 25.
Did You Know?
The oldest person to summit Longs Peak was Rev. William Butler, who climbed it on September 2, 1926, his 85th birthday. In 1932, Clerin “Zumie” Zumwalt summited Longs Peak 53 times.