If you love Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer, chances are you'll find it even better in the winter. Estes Park IS snowshoe country.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Imagine crossing Mills Lake as the ice shimmers in the sunshine. Hike in the creek bed on the way to the Loch. Then relax at day's end in the enchantment of Estes Park, all aglow with Christmas lights. An intimate dinner, a fireplace, and gently falling snow - it doesn't get any better than this!Estes Park lodging on Fall River, open year round. Only 3 miles to the Rocky Mountain National Park - your ultimate snowshoeing destination! Click here for info!
How do you get started?
It's easy. Rent a great pair of snowshoes and poles at The Warming House (located on Hwy 36, about one mile from the main park headquarters, giving you the easiest location for pick-up and drop-off in Estes Park.
What do I wear?
You want to dress warm, but there is a difference between snowshoeing and a sport such as alpine skiing. Snowshoeing is very aerobic. You'll probably start sweating on the ascent. Cotton should not be worn against the skin as once it's wet, it stays wet. Thin wicking layers that can be taken off or added are best. For your outer shell and pants, use the same ones you use in the summer over warm long underwear. And don't forget a hat, gloves, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If you don't have what you need - no problem, you can find what you need at The Warming House.
What kind of shoes do I need?
Good leather hiking boots are best or a Sorrell style winter boot. If you do not have proper boots, a Neos over-boot which can be worn over any basic shoe. They can be rented for $5/day. Be sure to wear a good wool or wicking sock.
If I'm just starting, where should I go?
Snow conditions and weather play a major role in our choice of where to go. Glacier Gorge and Bear Lake trailheads are high so the snow is always good and there are several short destinations in the area. Sprague Lake is also good for easy snowshoeing. Don't worry. When you arrive, we'll tell you the best place to go. If you want the ultimate experience, try a guided trip.
Thank you to The Warming House for sharing these photos & snowshoeing information.
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