Trail Conditions

Winter trails
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't still enjoy Rocky! Learn about snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and more.

NPS photo/Bonnie Beach

 
 
 

Winter Conditions
Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little bit of preparation, many exciting activities await you. Be sure to layer up with insulating, waterproof clothing, wear sunglasses, use sunscreen and carry water. We really want your trip to be both safe and enjoyable.

1/19/2016
Wild Basin to Ouzel Falls
Good conditions for skiing or snowshoeing. Spikes could be used the whole way to Ouzel Falls except where some snow is drifting. Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls are all frozen and almost completely snow covered.
Volunteer

1/17/2016
Hallowell Park
The trail from Hallowell Park to Mill Creek Basin was well set and in great condition. Good snowshoeing.
Visitor

1/16/2016
Wild Basin
Excellent ski conditions very good on road past winter gate and trail.
Volunteer

1/4/2016
Glacier Basin CG to Sprague Lake
Excellent ski conditions are good. Had to put tracks in, snow not packed. Trail easy to find using orange markers. Snow packed around Sprague Lake. Park and Ride was plowed enough to park 4WD vehicle.
Park Ranger

 

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For Your Safety

These Trail Conditions reports are the viewpoints of the submitters, whether park staff, volunteers, or visitors. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Use these reports only as guidelines. Be prepared for varying weather and trail conditions.

Falling trees are ever-present hazards when traveling in the forest. Be aware of your surroundings. Dead trees can fall without warning!

Due to the September 2013 Flood, missing foot bridges, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs could be encountered. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Hike at your own risk.

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
Have questions? We've got answers! Call 8am–4:30pm Mountain Time to speak with park staff (recorded information after hours). For Trail Ridge Road status, call (970) 586-1222.

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