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Holiday Fun at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: December 18, 2009
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:
Winter Storytime – Read with a Ranger! December 26 at 10:30 a.m., December 27 at 2:00 p.m., and daily from December 28 through January 2 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories about the wonders of the winter season. Meet at Fall River Visitor Center.

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:
Ski the Wilderness – Join a park ranger for this 1.5 hour cross-country ski tour of the Kawuneeche Valley. For ages 8 and above. December 26 and January 2 at 9:30 a.m. Reservations required - call (970) 627-3471 no more than seven days in advance.

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?

Mama Cabin in the Holzwarth Historic District

The Holzwarth Historic District is a former guest ranch on the Colorado River. Open to visitors during the summer, the property features a dozen small cabins including the Mama cabin, named after Sophia Holzwarth, who ran the rustic resort.