When the fresh powder falls over the mountains of Colorado, Estes Park becomes one of the state’s most beautiful and alluring vacation destinations for travelers to enjoy. While Estes Park is a haven of opportunities for fun year-round, it’s hard to overlook its appeal when the mountains are sparkling in snow and the outdoor recreation options. From its undeniable mountain town charm to the shopping and dining experiences that await, Estes Park promises to be a one-stop resource for amazing experiences this winter. The following are just a few of the many reasons you’re going to want to begin planning your Estes Park winter trip today!

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Enjoy Time on the Rink

For many people, ice skating is a fan-favorite wintertime activity and when you find yourself in scenic Estes Park this time of year, you’ll have plenty of options to add it to your itinerary! Head over to the YMCA of the Rockies to make the most of time on the ice between early December and February. This family-fun venue is great for skaters of all ages but if you happen to be arriving with kids who are six and under, they can skate at no cost. Pair it up with some hot chocolate afterward and you’re in for the picture-perfect winter day in the mountains.

Make it a Savory Winter Getaway

Estes Park is a beautiful place to explore in the winter, but it’s also a seasonal destination where you can warm up with some delicious flavorful options after a day of outdoor recreation. Estes Park is home to a variety of mouthwatering breweries to check out—many of which offer tasting sessions and production tours upon request. A few of the top contenders in the area that you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here include Rock Cut, Lumpy Ridge, and Estes Park Brewery too. Looking for even more to enjoy? Head over to Avant Garde Aleworks and savor a variety of unique and bold flavor options in good company!

Pamper Yourself in Style This Winter

While it’s easy to fill your winter Estes Park itinerary with outdoor adventures, sometimes it’s the relaxing moments that prove the most memorable. When you could go for a pampered moment or two during your stay, be sure to book a well-deserved session at Qi Lounge while you’re in town. Conveniently located right on site of Mountain Village at Lake Estes the spa is open every day but Wednesday, making it a simple addition to your lineup when you’re overdue for some rejuvenation and restoration this winter. At Qi Lounge, guests can book services ranging from facials and massages to skin treatments and acupuncture as well. There are also couples’ treatment options on-site when you’re looking to make your winter getaway to Estes Park a bit more romantic!

Shop Your Way to Winter Fun

A winter getaway is often a great time to get ahead of holiday shopping lists or to put the finishing touch on those lingering few gifts. A great place to do that in Estes Park is downtown. Here, you’ll find a collection of shops and boutiques that are truly unique. Whether you’re looking for apparel, jewelry, handcrafted goods, or items for your home, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for and more. Downtown is also home to candy shops where you could go for a sweet treat, and plenty of art galleries as well for those moments when a little artistic inspiration would go a long way.

Embrace the Best of Winter Outdoor Adventure

If you’re new to the sport or looking to learn something new beyond skiing, be sure to book a course while you’re in town through the Colorado Mountain School. Here, you can enjoy participating in lessons that focus on everything from ice climbing to avalanche training! In nearby Hidden Valley, Estes Park visitors can enjoy time snowshoeing, sledding, or backcountry skiing depending on preference. Hoping to bundle up and cast a line? Consider spending a day ice fishing on one of the many frozen lakes or ponds that are found throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. Just be sure you have a fishing license in hand as well as hand augers to make the most of this experience. Afterward, book a 4×4 tour with the team over at Wildside through Rocky Mountain National Park, enjoying one-of-a-kind off-road views and winter wildlife viewing opportunities too.

Book Your Stay Today

No matter what your interests might be or how long you have to spare in the name of fun in Estes Park, the team at Mountain Village at Lake Estes is here to make sure you have amazing accommodations to match. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting winter rental options and how we can help you elevate your stay even further in luxury and mountain style.