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Top 10 Winter Activities in Estes Park

With snow on the way (and quite a bit in Rocky Mountain National Park already!) Estes Park is gearing up for fun filled winter activities.  From indoor activities to outdoor and 7,522 feet to 9,500 feet there is something for everyone during your winter getaway.

Snowshoeing The Rocky Mountain Nature Association is offering snowshoeing treks for kids and families early 2013!  These four-hour hikes are fun and educational as they lead participants through snow-covered pine, spruce and fir in Rocky Mountain National Park.  For more information visit the Rocky Mountain Nature Association website at
Tubing For fun family tubing visit Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Hidden Valley used to be a family downhill ski area and has now been re-developed by the Park into a wonderful sledding area that is easily accessed by car.  A picnic pavilion provides shelter with 14 picnic tables, and flush toilets are available year-round. There’s also a winter warming room.
Wine Tasting Wine enthusiasts can sample some of the Colorado’s local wines right here in Estes Park! Valley of the Wind Winery is located downtown on the Riverwalk, while Snowy Peaks Winery is located on Moraine Avenue and offers winery tours and a family-friendly tasting room.
Stanley Museum This museum pays tribute to the founder of the Stanley Hotel. Credited for expanding tourism in Estes Park, Stanley and his wife settled in Estes Park in 1903. After building the Stanley Hotel, he continued to improve the town’s infrastructure and made it Colorado’s oldest tourist town.
Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park is just one mile east of Boulder Brook. Home to snow capped mountains, wooded forests, wild ecosystems, and over 300 miles of trails, cross country skiing and tubing this nationally protected park is worth exploring.
Shopping in Estes Park A truly unique experience, shopping in downtown Estes Park is fun for the whole family. From local shops to art galleries to restaurants, the attractions in downtown offer something for everyone.  More than 300 shops in Estes Park offer an unsurpassed variety of goods including handcrafted Southwestern arts, crafts and jewelry, fine gifts, collector items of all varieties and fine apparel can be found here. Most shops in the community ship purchases to any location within the United States.
Ice Skating Enjoy the beautiful views of RMNP in the convenience of downtown Estes Park.  Right in the heart of shopping and restaurants you will find Estes Parks first ice skating rink.  Open Thursday through Sundays (and some holidays) it is only $2 to skate and $2 for rentals if you need them.
Wildlife Viewing Wildlife viewing is especially rewarding in the wintertime and is perhaps the most popular activity in Estes Park…and it’s free! An abundance of wildlife, including elk, moose, deer, fox, bighorn sheep, coyote, bobcat, marmot, plus a plethora of birds, ground critters and assorted reptiles can be found in and around the area. Many times at Boulder Brook you don’t even have to leave your porch for a chance to see wild animals!
Bowling Open seven days a week and just a short drive from Boulder Brook Chipper’s Lanes is a fun place to stop by for video games, pool tables, music, great burgers—and bowling, of course!
Relax with a Couples Massage Massage is often thought of as the perfect ending to a day of skiing, hiking or snowboarding. A massage session can improve one’s mood, decrease anxiety and enhance in addition to relaxing tension.  At Boulder Brook you can relax in your own suite with a 60 minute or 90 minute couples massage.