Top Winter Activities in Estes Park
Whether you enjoy winter outdoor activities or staying warm and cozy indoors, Estes Park offers something for everyone! While Estes Park is beautiful any time of year, winter has its own unique appeal as the town sparkles under fresh snow.
We’ve included our guest’s favorite things to do during their winter stay at our Estes Park vacation rentals.
Visit Downtown Estes Park
During the winter, downtown Estes Park is a vibrant place to visit with many restaurants, shops, and art galleries. The town’s festive lights glitter in the evenings, creating a beautiful winter scene with the freshly fallen snow. We recommend walking through the downtown area, browsing the shops, stopping by the art galleries, and enjoying the atmosphere. Cap off your visit with a meal at one of the many restaurants in the downtown area.
The majority of the downtown attractions are centered around Elkhorn Avenue. Stay close to the action and book one of our Estes Park condo rentals that are conveniently located only half a mile from the center of downtown!
Attend the Annual Estes Park Winter Festival
Held annually on the Saturday and Sunday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the annual Estes Park Winter Festival is one of the top events in Estes Park during the winter. The festival has many activities the whole family will enjoy such as a silent disco, obstacle course, bounce houses, and more!
The event attracts many food vendors and is home to famous chili cookoff, so make sure to arrive hungry. After a day of enjoying the sights and all the festival has to offer, close out the day by enjoying a live concert from the selection of both local and nationally known musical artists.
Explore Rocky Mountain National Park
No visit to Estes Park is complete without a winter visit to Rocky Mountain National Park! The Park is practically in Estes Park’s backyard! Even though the Park is less crowded during the winter, it is arguably even more stunning than usual with snow-capped peaks and countless evergreen trees coated with fresh snow.
Keep in mind you can only drive about 8 miles along Trail Ridge Road since it is closed at higher elevations during the winter. There are endless possibilities for winter fun including sightseeing, snowshoeing, sledding, and more! Make sure to check the weather and be prepared for freezing temperatures before visiting the park.
Have you found a place to stay in Estes Park? If not, check our Estes Park vacation rentals that are conveniently located close to downtown and feature many amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible!