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Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Festival

Bear Lake Park & Ride – Rocky Mountain National Park

  • January 14, 2017
  • Location:
  • Time: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Price: Free – National Park Entrance Fee Applies

Snow is no reason to stop hiking! Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, why pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long? Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter.

Watch live igloo making demonstrations by Grand Shelters, from 10am – 2pm. Grand Shelters is rewriting the book on winter camping, providing resources and equipment to support your overnight winter adventure!

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays . Bring food and water. Note: Beginning at 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment will be restricted; so be sure to arrive early enough so that you can demo each and every model! Please bring your driver’s license to registration. For more information visit and choose, Colorado, Estes Park.


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Estes Park Winter Festival

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Taste award-winning chili at the popular chili cook-off, and sip a variety of beers and wines at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2017 at the Estes Park Events Complex!

  • January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017
  • Location: 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park Events Complex, CO
  • Time: 12pm – 5pm
  • Price: Adults 21+ (tasting pass): $30, Ages 10+ (no tasting pass): $17, Ages 4-9: $5



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Ice fishing, pond skating available at Trout Haven

Recreation at Trout Haven fishing pond has never been more fun.

Ice fishing at Trout Haven – protected from the wind by fishing inside ice shanties – is just one of the activities available at the resort. Trout is a cold-water fish, they thrive under the ice. Even in winter, the fishing pond is teeming with stocked trout. Fishing is charged only by the catch – $1 per inch with the average size between 9-14 inches. You won’t need a license or fishing gear to fish at Trout Haven, everything is available for you to use – even if you don’t catch a fish, which is highly unlikely. Each fish caught is cleaned on-site. There are many open grills located on the property for you to cook it yourself; or, if you prefer – your catch can be packed on ice for you.

New this year, they have ice skating on the pond as well. Brand-new skates (including child sizes) can be rented for $2 for the entire day; with pond time available for just $3. As an added attraction, night ice skating is available until 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; the pond is open the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the Trout Haven Resort properties, visit or call 1-800-794-7857.

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Wild in Winter

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center


  • November 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday
  • Location: 1000 US Highway 36, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-1206
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Price: Free
Join a ranger to learn about winter in Rocky Mountain National Park and how humans and animals alike adapt to this beautiful but challenging season.


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Tinsel Tavern Tour


  • December 10, 2016
  • Location: Throughout the Village of Estes Park
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Price: $50


Don we now our best retro Estes Park apparel for the Tinsel Tavern Tour! Starting at the kick-off party, enjoy live entertainment, appetizers, merriment and a holiday costume contest featuring prizes. After the kick-off party, step onto the Elkhorn Express Trolley and head to a line-up of favorite Estes Park Taverns. Share your night out on social media using the hashtag #TinselTavernTour and #OldSchoolEstes!


Ticket buyers and attendees must be 21 or older and present valid ID at entrance. By purchasing tickets, buyer certifies that he/she is 21 or older. Refunds will not be granted if attendee cannot present valid state-issued ID at event entrance.

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Wildlife-abundant at Boulder Brook all year

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Whether or not the flowers are in bloom, elk enjoy our garden and front lawn.  Winter is very challenging for wildlife as food is harder to find and is not as rich and nutritious as the ripe spring, summer and early fall forage.


Remember to view and photograph wildlife from a safe distance.

It’s always exciting when our guests arrive to find elk on the property. It’s not uncommon to find elk and other wildlife grazing in the sun and entertaining our visitors and passersby with their presence. 

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Trail Ridge Road is STILL OPEN!!!

Driving in the Mountains Is Always An Adventure


Rocky Mountain National Park has the highest paved roads in any National Park in the United States. Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet. Due to the high elevations and exposure, park roads are subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Road conditions in and around the park can change quickly, particularly in the spring and fall.


Weather conditions can change the status of Trail Ridge Road quickly and at any time. Park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly. For the most up-to-date status on whether Trail Ridge Road is open or closed, call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded status line at 970-586-1222. This message is updated as soon as there is any change in the road’s status and is available 24 hours/day.


Trail Ridge road is a high elevation road with spectacular views. Eleven miles are above 11,500 feet and there are no shoulders and few guardrails. Weather conditions can deteriorate and the road status can change quickly. For your safety, always be aware of current weather conditions. Trail Ridge Road is not plowed between 4 pm and 7 am because weather conditions may change rapidly. Visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly. The mountains are rugged, harsh place and it is your responsibility to be aware of the conditions and your surroundings.

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Come Visit Boulder Brook

Nestled next to the rambling waters of Fall River, Boulder Brook is ideally located to take advantage of the unique shopping of downtown Estes Park or the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountain National more