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Snowshoeing at Estes Park Center

If you can walk, you can snowshoe!  Snowshoeing is a great way to explore Estes Park Center and our neighbor, Rocky Mountain National Park, when the snow starts accumulating.  Our Program Department offers snowshoe rentals in the Sweet Memorial Program Building for $10 per day for adults (ages 13+) and $5 per day for children 12 and younger; learn more here.

For trails that don’t have enough snow for snowshoeing, but are still hard packed and icy, we also offer microspikes for the same price as snowshoe rentals; microspikes provide great traction and safety on icy trails and are very useful in the early winter and spring.

Our staff will be guiding hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park for our guests this winter!  Join a guided hike and learn how the park’s plant and animal life survives and thrives during the colder months.  Check our program bulletin for more information.

Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park offer free guided snowshoe hikes on both the east and west sides of the park; on the east side (where Estes Park is located), these guided hikes are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from January through March, depending on weather and snow conditions.  Learn more here.  Please note that reservations are required.

If you would like to have your own adventure in the park, click here to learn about three of the most popular snowshoe hikes.

As with any outdoor activity, it pays to be prepared!  Snowshoeing can be more strenuous than hiking, depending on snow conditions, and this is important to keep in mind when considering a hike’s mileage and elevation gain.  We recommend wearing waterproof boots and gaiters, bringing several different layers of clothing, and packing plenty of water and food.  Do your research on weather and snow conditions ahead of time to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe experience!

We hope to see you out on the trails this winter!

About The Author

Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, Martha joined YMCA of the Rockies in 2010 and has been enjoying life in the Rockies ever since. When she's not at work, you'll find her hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, at a yoga class, or dog sledding, depending on the season. Occasionally, she can sit still long enough to read a book. Martha is passionate about the YMCA's mission to build strong families and strong communities.

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