Special Year-End Programs Scheduled At Rocky Mountain National Park

Some fun programs, for young and old, are scheduled for the last week of the year at Rocky Mountain National Park. Kids can gain outdoor lore from rangers, or join their families on a snowshoe hike.

Here's the schedule of events:

Winter Storytime for Kids! – Daily from December 23 to January 1 at 10 a.m. Come and read with a ranger and hear stories about the wonders of the winter season. Meet at Fall River Visitor Center (located on Hwy 34) for this 30 minute program. No program will be held on December 25.

Skins and Skulls –Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Hwy 36). Come to this 30 minute program for a hands-on experience and meet Rocky’s wildlife!

Animals in Winter – Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Hwy 36). Discover the amazing adaptations that allow animals to survive winter in the park in this 30-minute program.

Winter Ecology Walks – December 23, 24, 27, 30 and January 2, 4, and 5 at 12:30 p.m. Join a ranger to explore the winter world of the subalpine forest. Participants must be older than 8 years of age, and they will need to bring their own snowshoes or traction devices depending on snow conditions. Reservations required and can be made a week ahead of time - call (970) 586-1223.

Full Moon Walk - Join a ranger to explore the park under the light of the full moon on December 28. Reservations are necessary and may be made no more than seven days in advance, call 970-586-1223 to reserve a spot.

West Side of Park:

Winter Ecology Walks – Beginner snowshoe programs on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. -Intermediate snowshoe programs on Sundays at 1 p.m. Join a ranger to explore the winter world of the subalpine forest. Participants must be older than 8 years of age, and will need to bring their own snowshoes or traction devices depending on snow conditions. Reservations required and can be made a week ahead of time - call (970) 627-3471.

Winter Skiing Program – Ski Kawuneeche Valley with a ranger – programs begin Saturday December 29, at 9:30 a.m. Reservations required and can be made a week ahead of time - call (970) 627-3471.

Additional Activities – See the stunning 23-minute park film Spirit of the Mountains, shown by request from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (located on Hwy 36) and Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Check the website www.nps.gov/romo for other short videos about winter activities in the park. Get up-to-date park information and share your experiences on our official Facebook and Twitter pages!

Visitor Centers

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (Highway 36) and Kawuneeche Visitor Center (west side): Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily and features the free park film, bookstore, and general park information.

Fall River Visitor Center (Highway 34): Open December 26 through January 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and features general park information, life-sized wildlife displays, a bookstore, and a discovery room where kids can touch objects and try on dress-up clothes!

All park visitor centers are closed on December 25. Programs and activities are free and open to the public. Call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206 for more information.