Plan Your Winter & Springtime Visit to Rocky

A person is hiking on a snow-covered trail lined with snow-covered pine trees in winter.


Planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter or spring seasons? If so, be prepared for snow! This is magical time to visit the park, a time when there are fewer crowds and it's easy to enjoy both solitude and snow on a winter wilderness adventure.

However, there are unique challenges associated with the winter and spring seasons to be prepared for: snowpacked and icy roads, temperatures that frequently drop below freezing, as well as seasonal road closures.

Extra planning is key to a successful winter adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park.

When Does the Winter Season Begin?

With elevations ranging from 7,800 feet to over 14,000 feet above sea level, winter conditions can greatly vary in the Rocky Mountains. The winter season, especially at locations above 8,000 feet, can stretch from late September or early October to late May or early June.

While March and April may signal the arrival of warm, sunny days in many parts of the U.S., that does not hold true in Rocky Mountain National Park. Historically, March and April are among the snowiest months in State of Colorado, especially at high elevations. If you are planning for a spring break trip, or even a trip in early to mid-May, pack your snowboots and warm clothes! You need to be ready for winter conditions.


Resources to Help You Plan for a Fun Winter Adventure:

  • Roads

    Tips to help your prepare for winter driving in the park

  • Weather changes quickly - a view of storm clouds rolling in over the mountains

    Weather and temperatures can vary greatly in Rocky Mountain National Park. Take the time to know the upcoming forecast for the park.

  • Trail Conditions
    Trail Conditions

    What are the conditions like on park trails?

  • A set of traction devices are attached to the bottom of a hiker's boot for traction on the ice
    Safety Tips for Winter

    Are you familiar with winter recreation? Here are some safety tips to help you plan for your next winter adventure

  • Winter Recreation
    Winter Recreation

    Learn about fun things to do in the park during the winter season

  • Winter Camping
    Winter Camping

    Interested in camping between October and May? Learn more about planning for a winter season camping trip.

Snow-Covered Bear Lake Trail

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How Much Snow is in the Park?

The park has SNOWTEL monitors located near both Bear Lake and Wild Basin.

View of a slope with a recent avalanche

NPS Photo

Be Avalanche Aware!

Did you know that many of the park’s winter trails, including destinations in the Bear Lake and Hidden Valley areas, are located within significant avalanche terrain?

Avalanches can be triggered by snowshoers, winter hikers, backcountry skiers, and even wildlife.

Interested in learning more about avalanche safety in the park? Visit our Avalanche Awareness webpage!

View of park webcams


What Does the Park Currently Look Like? Check Out our Webcams!

Interested in seeing what conditions look like in the park? Rocky Mountain National Park has six live webcams showing views from different locations within the park.

Bobcat in Winter
Bobcat in winter

NPS Photo

Wildlife Viewing

The winter season creates some unique wildlife viewing opportunities. To learn more about how to safely view wildlife, please visit our Wildlife Viewing page.

Last updated: December 13, 2023

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


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