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Winter Activities in Estes Park | Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Winter is around the corner but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside! So, zip up your jacket, slip on your gloves and explore the many winter activities in Estes Park and see why it is one of Colorado’s favorite mountain towns!


Sledding in Hidden Valley

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Even if you don’t ski, there are still fun ways to get down a mountain! Head out to Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park for a day of sledding with the family. This once downhill ski area now offers sloped terrain ideal for sledding. For visitors’ convenience, there are warming bathroom huts. Be sure to bring your own sled.

Fat Biking

As one of the newer activities in the outdoor scene, fat biking allows riders to experience riding on nearly any terrain, even snow. Using the technology of an off-road bike and adding over-sized tires makes this the perfect vehicle to explore the outdoors, even in snow. Ideal conditions would call for moderately packed, single-track trails. Fat bikes can be rented at Estes Park Mountain Shop.

Cross-country skiing

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Escape the crowds of popular ski resorts and explore Colorado’s backcountry with cross-country skiing. Enjoy peace and quiet amongst snow-covered ground and green pines guiding your way. Moderate to deep snow fills most high valleys from December to May. Rocky Mountain National Park offers the most trail options for your cross-country skiing adventures. Rentals are available at Estes Park Mountain Shop.


Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the snowy trails of Rocky Mountain National Park this winter. The park offers a wide variety of trails, from beginner to advanced making it an activity easily enjoyed by all. See here for our top snowshoeing trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Watch winter wildlife

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There is no shortage of wildlife here in Estes Park, even during the winter. The bears may be in hibernation but there are plenty of other opportunities to catch a glimpse of Rocky Mountain wildlife. This is a great time to spot elk, who come down from the high country and gather in large meadows or watch for large moose traipsing through the snow and keep your eye out along Fall River Road for bighorn sheep.

Where to stay in Estes Park in the winter

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Located just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, Alpine Trail Ridge Inn offers guests a touch of rustic luxury at an affordable price. Our renovated rooms offer affordable comfort and beautiful views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Be sure to book directly with us for the best rate on your next Rocky Mountain vacation!

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