Have you ever dreamt of seeing the snow-capped peaks of an enormous mountain range in person? Are you looking to experience the magic of winter along the mountain trails among the diverse wildlife? Then winter is the perfect time for you to visit Rocky Mountain National Park!
Don’t let the cold temperatures fool you into thinking you have to enjoy the sights from behind the windshield of your car or miles and miles away. Check out these fun and safe ways to get active in Rocky Mountain National Park when the valleys fill with snow!
1.) Cross-Country Skiing
If you’re looking for a way to experience the snow-covered Rockies away from the crowds, strap on a couple of cross-country skis and head out into the deep terrain. You’ll get a better workout in than you would sitting on the regular ski lifts waiting to go up. Plus, the silence rendered by the snowfall creates a tranquility and beauty you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Glide over to the west side of the park for the best views and optimal landscape!
Snowshoeing is essentially just winter hiking made easy! The gear is inexpensive and requires little training, so it’s a perfect activity for the whole family. It’s a unique way to see the valleys of the Rocky Mountains up close while they’re blanketed with snow. You can explore most of the regular hiking trails with snowshoes without having to trudge through in your regular boots.
3.) Wildlife Watching
Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to observe wildlife year-round. The scenery it offers in the winter though is something special. Many park roads are kept open in the winter and ideal for wildlife watching. It’s a great time of year to try to spot roaming elk, coyotes, and even Colorado’s bighorn sheep! A few of the best spots to try your chances are Moraine Park and Lake Estes Trail.
Complete your perfect winter day in Rocky Mountain Park with a stay in one of the cozy rooms, cabins, or suites at Misty Mountain Lodge! Our accommodations are located less than two blocks from Estes Park, giving you quick and easy access to the national park. Give us a call or make a reservation online to book your holiday mountain getaway today!