The Ultimate Guide on Snowshoeing in Estes Park

Estes Park is gorgeous, even when covered in snow. Check it out for yourself on a winter vacation. Estes Park offers travelers plenty to do, including excellent shopping opportunities and delicious restaurants to try, but one activity not to be overlooked in the winter months is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is the best way to see Estes Park’s natural beauty during the winter, and getting started is easy.

Estes Park Snowshoe Rental

If you don’t own snowshoes, you can rent them. Estes Park Mountain Shop has snowshoe rentals available at an affordable price. They also offer guided snowshoe tours. You can visit their store at 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

The Best Snowshoe Trails Near Estes Park

Once you have your snowshoes, it’s time to find a spot to put them to use. There are plenty of unique places to snowshoe near Estes Park. At Estes Park Condos, we know all of the best snowshoeing trails; here’s a look at some of our favorite spots to snowshoe in the Estes Park Area.

Bear Lake Loop

It should be no surprise that we start our list in stunning Rocky Mountain National Park. In Rocky Mountain National Park, there are plenty of amazing trails to snowshoe, but Bear Lake Loop might be the most accessible. This picturesque loop trail is a little over a half-mile, is relatively flat, and is an excellent place for beginners. You’ll take in fabulous views of the lake as you trudge through the snow. However, don’t expect a solitary experience; this is one of the most popular snowshoeing trails in Estes Park and can get busy.

Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River Road is littered with vehicles driving around Rocky Mountain National Park during the warmer months. However, vehicles are prohibited from using the road in the winter. With the road closed to vehicles, it becomes a paradise for snowshoers. Old Fall River Road is a great place to look for wildlife; don’t be surprised if you spot an elk, moose, fox, or other wild creature on your snowshoeing adventure. If you go far enough and follow the signs, you’ll eventually find Cascade Falls, a truly stunning sight. 

Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Glacier Gorge Trail, another snowshoe trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, is a doozy. You’ll walk in the shadow of Longs Peak, the largest mountain in the park. You’ll walk past Mills Lake, which looks dazzling in the wintertime. It’s about a three-mile venture to get to Mills Lake, and that’s where most people call it quits, but you can keep going another two miles to make it to Black Lake. The trail to Black Lake can be quite strenuous and isn’t recommended for new snowshoers, but it sure is rewarding. 

Enjoy a Winter Vacation Snowshoeing in Scenic Estes Park

You’ll love the fantastic views of the winter landscapes on your snowshoeing adventures in Estes Park. After your outing, come back and relax at a luxurious condo rental from Estes Park Condos. To stay with us, please check availability online or give us a call at 970-577-0068.