Top 10 Things to Do in Estes Park in Winter

Visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park in winter offers a variety of exciting activities and experiences. Here are the top 10 things to do in Estes Park during the winter season:

  1. Take a Winter Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

    Explore the magical beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park covered in snow. Consider guided tours by Wildside 4×4 to make the most of your winter adventure.

    Wildside 4x4 tour bus in winter

  2. Go Backcountry Skiing, Sledding or Snowshoeing at Hidden Valley

    Hidden Valley offers opportunities for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowshoeing. The unplowed road is perfect for snowshoeing, and you can rent equipment at the front desk.

    A boy sledding down a hill

  3. Try an Outdoor Adventure Course

    Challenge yourself with courses offered by Colorado Mountain School or Kent Mountain Adventure Center. Options include avalanche training, skiing/split board lessons, and ice climbing courses.

    Cross country skis in the snow

  4. Ice Skating in the Rockies

    Weather permitting, you can enjoy ice skating from early December to early February at YMCA of the Rockies. Children six and under can skate for free! Ice skating is also available within Rocky Mountain National Park, and skates are available for rent at The Ridgeline’s front desk.

    Two visitors ice skating in Estes Park

  5. Go Ice Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Experience the thrill of ice fishing on frozen lakes and ponds in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fishing is allowed on open-fishing lakes and ponds, and you’ll need both a fishing license and hand-augers.

    Ice Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

  6. Swim in our Heated Indoor Pool

    Warm up in the heated indoor pool at The Ridgeline Hotel, where the temperature is always perfect. Enjoy family-friendly “dive-in” movies on a large projector screen all season long.

    Indoor heated pool at The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

  7. Visit Estes Park Breweries

    If you’re a beer enthusiast, check out local favorites like Estes Park Brewery, Lumpy Ridge, Rock Cut, and Avant Garde Aleworks for some craft beer tasting.

    Two hands toasting beers

  8. Taste Colorado’s Best Wines at Snowy Peaks Winery

    Explore the award-winning, handcrafted wines at Snowy Peaks Winery and sample wines from other boutique wineries in Colorado.

    Bottles of wine

  9. Pamper Yourself at Elements of Touch Wellness Spa

    Located in the heart of Estes Park, Elements of Touch Wellness Spa offers massages, spa services, couples’ treatments, Pilates, and group yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation.

    Exterior view of Touch Wellness Spa

  10. Explore Downtown Estes Park

    Discover the charm of downtown Estes Park in winter. Shop at Trendz, satisfy your sweet tooth at The Old Fashioned Candy Store or the Taffy Shop, catch a movie at the historic movie theater, and explore the art galleries in town.

    Two girls shopping in downtown Estes Park

With these activities, you can make the most of your winter getaway in Estes Park, experiencing both the natural beauty of the Rockies and the cozy attractions of the town. Enjoy your winter escape!


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