Rocky Mountain National Park is an incredible place with some of the most varied opportunities of any national park. You can truly take it at your own pace here, with challenging physical feats to dare the most adventurous family, and more relaxing fare for those with young kids, or just generally looking to take it slow. Some might even say that this is all the more true in winter.
While everyone else floods the local ski resorts, you can have the most pristine mountain locales almost to yourself as you explore this park. Lower elevations can be traversed by sturdy (and warm!) hiking boots, while you may enjoy snowshoes or cross country skis as a means of getting to some of the more remote areas. Rangers lead free programs and guided tours by any of these means of transit. Spectacular wildlife dot the area, including deer, bighorn sheep and moose. Hidden Valley hosts an old ski area which is now a hill featuring family-friendly sledding that will delight the kids. It is also worth noting that this is one of the only parks to offer backcountrycamping throughout the winter.
With your options less limited, if not actually expanded by the winter weather compared to other parks, visiting Rock Mountain during the post holiday season is a no brainer.
Be sure to check the operating hours and seasons to see what is available and what isn’t, as well as updates on road and trail conditions. See the park’s Complete Guide to Winter Visits for more information.
If you’d like to learn more, visit Rocky Mountain National Park’s Official Site.
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