Holiday Activities Abound at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park has a wondrous backcountry to explore in winter. During the upcoming holidays, there are a number of ranger-led activities for the entire family. NPS photo of Lawn Lake.

If you find yourself near Rocky Mountain National Park during the holidays, you might want to consider one of the following activities. With the snow piling up, there will be lots of outdoor activities, but the park also is planning some indoor fun for families and kids. Some require reservations, so don't wait until the last minute.


On the east side of the park:

Winter Storytime – Read with a Ranger! December 26 at 10:30 a.m., December 27 at 2:00 p.m., and daily from December 28 through January 2 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories about the wonders of the winter season. Meet at Fall River Visitor Center.

Skins and Skulls – Learn about Rocky’s wildlife! Daily from December 26 through January 2 at 3:00 p.m. Come to the Skins and Skulls program at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center for a hands-on experience.

Snowshoe Ecology Walks – Beginner- level snowshoe tour with a ranger to explore the natural world of a subalpine forest. December 30, January 1 and January 2 at 12:30 p.m. For ages 8 and above. Reservations required - call (970) 586-1223 beginning December 23.

Full Moon Walk – Explore the wintery world of Rocky Mountain National Park under the light of a full moon. December 30. Traction devices or poles required. Dress in warm layers and wear waterproof boots. Reservations required - call (970) 586-1223 beginning December 23.

On the west side of the park:

Ski the Wilderness – Join a park ranger for this 1.5 hour cross-country ski tour of the Kawuneeche Valley. For ages 8 and above. December 26 and January 2 at 9:30 a.m. Reservations required - call (970) 627-3471 no more than seven days in advance.

Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche – Beginner-level snowshoe tour with a ranger. December 26 and January 2 at 1:00 p.m. Intermediate-level snowshoe tours held December 27 and January 3 at 1:00 p.m. For ages 8 and above. Reservations required - call (970) 627-3471 no more than seven days in advance.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206. All park visitor centers and the Information Office will be closed on December 25.