Explore Rocky Mountain National Park in the Winter 2009

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Date: January 5, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - even with hiking boots! Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and other wildlife remain active through the winter. Their story is told by the tracks left in the snow. For those visitors who are prepared, winter is an enchanting time to explore the park.        

Snowshoeing and skiing are fun ways to experience the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park. This winter, join a park ranger on a snowshoeing excursion!

Rocky Mountain National Park offers ranger-led snowshoe walks for beginner level snowshoers every winter weekend through March 28 on the east side, and for beginner and intermediate level snowshoers through March 21 on the west side of the park. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and opens up a new way to see the beauty of nature during its quietest season. No additional fees are charged to participate in these walks. 

For beginners, the snowshoe program is a two-hour program that explores the natural world of the subalpine forest. No previous snowshoe experience is required. This walk is held on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. through March 28 on the east.

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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