Experience Rocky Mountain National Park During the Holidays

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Date: December 14, 2010
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. Rocky Mountain National Park has a calendar full of fun family activities for the holidays.

On the east side of the park:

Winter Storytime – December 26 through January 2 at 10:30 a.m. daily Read with a Ranger!  Hear stories about the wonders of the winter season. Meet at Fall River Visitor Center (located on Highway 34) for this 30 minute program.

Skins and Skulls – December 26 through January 2 at 3 p.m. daily Meet Rocky's wildlife!  Come to this 30 minute program at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Highway 36) for a hands-on experience.

Snowshoe Ecology Walks– December 29 & 31 at 12:30 p.m. Join a ranger for a beginner level snowshoe tour exploring the natural world of a subalpine forest. Ages 8 years old and above. Participants will need to bring their own snowshoes which can be rented at sporting goods stores. Reservations required - call 970-586-1223 beginning December 22.

Spirit of the Mountains – Shown by request daily. See the stunning 23 minute park film at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Highway 36).

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. January 1 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 18 and January 1 at 1 p.m. Intermediate-level snowshoe tours held December 19, December 26 and January 2 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.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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