Olson Fellow of Rocky Mountain Nature Association guides Discovery of the serene beauty of RMNP in the wintertime on this four-hour tour through snow-covered pine, spruce, and fir trees. Learn how plants and animals adapt and survive in winter, and explore how the properties of snow help area inhabitants survive the season.
Location: Wild Basin winter parking area. The Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Meeker Park and Allenspark. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colorado Highway 7, about 13 miles south of Estes Park or 2 miles north of Allenspark. Continue west to the Copeland Lake area, roughly one-half mile from Highway 7. The winter parking area is about another one-half mile beyond Copeland Lake on a narrow gravel road, across from horse hitch-racks.
Course Level III: Moderate hikes of less than five miles per day with elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet. Elevation for this course will be approximately 10,000 feet. Significant time will be spent outdoors in winter conditions. Dress in layers and be prepared for winter weather conditions that may vary greatly and change abruptly. Fee $10. Snowshoes for children ages 13 and under are included.