Winter Activities in Estes Park
One of the best things to do in the Rockies during the winter is a Colorado snowshoeing trip. From beginner-level snowshoe tours to moonlight snowshoe hikes, Estes Park offers a variety of ways to see the breathtaking scenery all year. The area around our resort – especially within Rocky Mountain National Park – is full of snowshoe paths and trekking opportunities.
Comprised of over 300 gift shops, specialty stores, galleries, wineries and even a brewery, downtown Estes Park is a hub of fun and excitement year round. Simply hop aboard the free shuttle at the marina, which drops you off in the heart of downtown.
From souvenirs to antiques to furniture, Estes Park shopping offers something for everyone. Art lovers will appreciate the several galleries in town, including the Wildlife Photo Art Gallery. If you are in the mood to spruce up your wardrobe, visit one of the many apparel stores in town, selling everything from children’s clothes to outdoor apparel to unique jewelry and accessories.
Estes Park Museum
Estes Park Museum is a great place to start any visit to the area. You’ll learn about the town’s history, with a range of interactive exhibits to enjoy. The museum also focuses on the spectacular wildlife of the area.
Chipper’s Lanes is a great place to go for some laid-back fun. Between the bowling and the on-side arcade, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. Come after dark to enjoy music and a party atmosphere while you bowl.
Breweries, Wineries, & Distilleries
Colorado is known for its excellent breweries and love for craft beer, and Estes Park is no different. Whether you’re sitting outside on a nice day or staying cozy with a tasty brew in the evening, you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the area’s friendly, inviting breweries, like Rock Cut Brewing Co. and Estes Park Brewery. Estes Park is also home to world-class wineries and distilleries. Our favorites include Snowy Peaks Winery and Elkins Distilling Co.
Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors countless unique winter experiences. Among them? Ice climbing. The park has dozens of ice climbing routes, the most popular being the Hidden Falls climbing trail. Ice climbing requires great patience as it takes a great physical toll and plenty of concentration. While climbing you’ll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding landscape
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Unparalleled in the US, Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains offer a one-of-a-kind cross country skiing experience. Hit the mostly untracked slopes and explore the backcountry of one of the most beautiful skiing destinations in the country. Popular trails include the Glacier Basin Campground Loop and Trail Ridge Road. Get all the gear you need from the Estes Park Mountain Shop for just $20 a day.