The winter months bring plenty of options for family vacations. You can choose to spend most of your time outside or you can tackle all the indoor adventures where you are visiting. A family vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park will have you doing a little of both if you wish. Thankfully, you will have so many options to choose from. This means your family will enjoy doing everything on your list of incredible things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park in winter.
You cannot spend time in the Rocky Mountains and not see the local wildlife. The winter months are the best time of the year to see elk. However, you can also spot moose and big horn sheep during your visit.
Over by Winter Park, you will find more than one thousand trails to zoom over on a snowmobile. These trails go through the forested areas of the park. There are plenty of snowmobile rentals nearby, so you can always find the ride you are looking for on your family vacation.
A vacation in the Rocky Mountains during the winter usually means a little extra prep work. Check out my travel guide to planning a family vacation in the Rocky Mountains and be prepared.
The rest of your family might not care about soaking in a hot spring or two when you are on vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. But you can send them out on their own, while you get some relaxation in. If you are having difficulty determining which hot spring you should visit, let me recommend Radium Hit Springs, Hot Sulphur Springs, or Conundrum Hot Springs.
There are so many different winter festivals and other events held in Colorado every year. You definitely won’t find a shortage of them near this national park. A few favorites include the International Snow Sculpture Championships, Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival, Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, Snow Daze in Vail, and Grand Lake’s Winter Carnival. You’ll even find the Catch the Glow Holiday Parade over in Estes Park.
There is no need to choose between skiing and snowboarding when you are on vacation in the Rockies. There are multiple resorts to choose from and they all offer multiple trails for both these adventures.
There is no need to skip many of the sights in Rocky Mountain National Park, because you are too busy or short on time. You can easily hop onto a tour bus to see the popular sights in a couple hours.
If you are looking for a slightly more personalized tour on your Rocky Mountain National Park vacation, I recommend scheduling a tour with a ranger. These are usually done on snowshoes, as you walk through the park. You can even take advantage of the special full moon tours that are offered a few times a year.
Kids of all ages love sledding, so grab those sleds and hit the sledding hills! There are sled rentals available throughout the park. You will even find a few warming huts to ensure you can all warmup when you need a break.
These are eight incredible things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park in winter. You can choose to have all them on your Rocky Mountain National Park vacation itinerary. Or you can choose a couple and we can find other amazing activities your family will love.
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