Plan Your Winter & Springtime Visit to Rocky

Dream Lake, taken May 9 2024
Dream Lake - taken May 9, 2024


Planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park this spring? If so, be prepared for snow! Extra planning is key to a successful 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, April and 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 trip to Rocky this 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:

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

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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

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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: May 17, 2024

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


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