Top 10 Things to Do in Estes Park in Winter

No matter what the temperature is outside, there are endless winter activities to enjoy in Estes Park! Here are our Top 10 Things to Do during the winter months! Check them out!

  1. Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter

    Plan a day hike or take a stroll to enjoy wildlife viewing in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. These animals are a sight to see!

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    Rocky Mountain National Park Winter Wildlife - Elk in the snow

  2. Brewery, Distillery, & Winery Tour

    Did you know Estes Park is home to a number of outstanding local brewers, distillers, and wineries? It’s true! The Rocky Mountain region is home to a booming craft brew and craft spirits industry, and Estes Park is no exception. Take a self-guided tour around town and check out some of these fantastic local brews and spirits for yourself!

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    Estes Park Brewery and Distillery Tour

  3. Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

    There’s snow better way to get out and see Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter than to strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit the trails! Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are fun ways to be active and admire the exclusive and beautiful scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park that you may not be able to see from a vehicle on the road.

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    Cross Country Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park

  4. Downtown Estes Park

    Downtown Estes Park is a haven full of boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and much more. Be sure to visit Trendz, our very own boutique shop that carries the largest variety of gifts and home decor in Estes!

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    Experience some of the best boutique shopping in Estes Park at Trendz

  5. Enjoy a Scenic Drive

    When it’s cold outside but you still would like to enjoy the beautiful mountain views, take a scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park! The Trail Ridge Road is closed during the winter months, but you can still reach the Many Park’s Curve lookout, Devils Gulch to Dry Gulch Road, Bear Lake Road, and Fall River Road to the Alluvial Fan.

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    Ridgeline Hotel indoor heated swimming pool

  6. Indoor Rock Climbing

    If you’re looking for an active indoor activity to avoid the cold winter weather, look no further! Epic Climbing Gym has over 4,500 square feet of climbing terrain and has routes ranging from beginner to expert.

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    Estes Park Indoor Rock Climbing

  7. Hire a Guide to go Backcountry Skiing, Splitboarding or Ice Climbing

    Are you ready for an epic adventure? Hire a guide to go backcountry skiing, splitboarding, or ice climbing! Colorado Mountain School is Colorado’s largest mountain guide company, an accredited guide service of the American Mountain Guides Association. From beginners to experts, your adventure awaits!

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    Cross-Country Skiing

  8. Sledding and Tubing at Hidden Valley

    Sledding or tubing at Hidden Valley is a great way to spend a winter day! This family fun activity is a great way to be active and outside, while having the time of your life! Hidden Valley is located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, just a short drive from The Ridgeline Hotel.

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    Kids on sled hill near Estes Park, Colorado

  9. Enjoy a Day at a Spa

    Relax and treat yourself by enjoying a day at one of Estes Park’s various spas! Enjoy a massage after adventuring in the snow or to spend some “me time”. You deserve it.

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    Spa Day in Estes Park, CO

  10. Estes Park Winter Festival – January 18-19

    If you are planning a trip to Estes Park over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (Jan 18-19, 2020), then you will have to stop by the Estes Park Winter Festival! The festival will take place at the Estes Park Events Center and will have something for everyone: taste award-winning chili; sip a variety of beers and wines; browse retail vendors; enjoy live entertainment; and much, much more!

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    Winter Carnival in Estes Park, CO


These are our Top 10 Reasons to visit Estes Park this winter! There are many more, so make sure to book a room today to discover all that Estes Park has to offer.

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