• A translucent blanket of clouds hangs over the snowy continental divide above Bear Lake Road. NPS Photo by VIP Olsen

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Things To Do

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Centennial Celebration
The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary started September 3rd, with fun kick-off events! To find out more about upcoming events, visit visit Rocky Mountain National Park's 2014 Centennial Calendar of Events here.
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Snowshoe or Hike!
Winter is a spectacular time to winter trails in Rocky. Always be prepared for snow, freezing temperatures, cold winds and short daylight hours. For more information, go to our Winter Activities page.

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Scenic Drives
Enjoy the portions of Trail Ridge Road that are open in the winter.You can also dirve to Bear Lake Road and Horseshoe Park. As always in winter, traveling on the roads are weather dependent. For some additional information, go to our Scenic Drive page.

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Sled
Hidden Valley is the one place in Rocky where sledding is allowed. It is a pretty gentle hill, but with no tows. For more information on sledding, go to our Winter Activities page.

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Wildlife Viewing
Rocky is a wonderful place to look for wildlife, and many park roads are open in the winter to provide access to their wintery world. To learn more about safely viewing our wildlife, go to the Wildlife Viewing page.

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Ranger-led Programs
Join us for fun and educational programs throughout the winter. To see the current offerrings for both the west side and east sides of the park, go to the Ranger-led Programs page.

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Reserve summer camping ahead
Camping reservations for 2015 can be made up to 6 months to 1 day ahead of time. For details about our each of our campgrounds, see the Campground page.

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Visitor Centers
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in the Estes Park area and Kawuneeche Visitor Center in the Grand Lake area are open daily from 8 am - 4:30 pm except they are closed on November 27th and December 25th. Fall River Visitor Center is open weekends from November 29th to December 28th. They are also open November 28th, December 22nd & 23rd, December 26th and December 29th to January 1st. Further details about our Visitor Centers can be found on the Visitor Center page.

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Backcountry Camping
Visitors must obtain a required backcountry permit for all overnight camping. During the winter, permits are free and can be obtained at the Backcountry Offices or at self-registration boxes located at the Beaver Meadows Entrance, Fall River Entrance, Longs Peak Trailhead, Wild Basin Trailhead and Dunraven Trailhead. For more detail about our backcountry camping, see the Backcountry Camping page.

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