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Plan an Estes Park Winter Activities Journey

HomeJourneys to Estes ParkPlan an Estes Park Winter Activities Journey

A charming mountain town nestled at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park with full access to a host of winter activities is just the destination for a winter getaway. Estes Park offers a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, so you’ll have plenty of options for entertainment regardless of whether you prefer being active in the snow or viewing it from the warmth and comfort of indoors. Explore Estes Park winter activities for your next getaway!

Try some of these outdoor Estes Park winter activities!


Families traveling with children will find a great option for sledding situated in Rocky Mountain National Park just a short distance from Estes Park. Known as Hidden Valley, what used to be a ski area has now become a backcountry ski zone (skiers must hike to the top), and the ski resort’s former bunny hill has become a hot spot for sledding.

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

With miles of trails to choose from and no lift lines standing between you and nature, cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy Colorado’s scenery, take in the winter Estes Park landscape, and get in a great workout all at the same time. The trail encircling Sprague Lake is a popular trail for beginners, with minimal elevation gain and scenic views along the way. With the scenic Trail Ridge Road closed to vehicles during the winter in Estes Park, the road becomes an ideal cross-country skiing and snowshoeing route. Views of Horseshoe Park, Hidden Valley, and sub-alpine forests spur you along.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Eldora Ski Area makes for a great day trip from Estes Park, and here you will find everything from beginner runs to double black diamonds. 680 acres of skiable terrain provide for plenty of runs to keep skiers and snowboarders challenged and enjoying the ride.

Indoor Estes Park Winter Activities

If bundling up and spending the day in the cold isn’t your cup of tea, there are many other ways to spend your Estes Park winter days. Enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered mountains from the warmth of indoors! Book a spa day, relax with a beer at one of Estes Park’s three breweries, or explore the eclectic boutiques and art galleries located in downtown Estes Park. Be sure to book a cozy Estes Park vacation rental, such as the luxurious cabins situated along Lake Estes. With features such as a private hot tub and multiple fireplaces, these Estes Park vacation rentals are perfect for curling up in at the end of a winter day in Estes Park!