Take in the beauty of snow-capped mountain peaks, clear crisp blue skies, and blankets of snow that cover the ground, Estes Park in the winter is arguably one of the most beautiful times of year. Downtown Estes Park even lights up with its own picturesque winter scene, that seems like it’s straight out of a fairytale novel.
Depending on the weekend you want to have found out below all you can pack it all in on your Estes Park winter weekend itinerary.
For the weekend warrior
For those looking for a winter mountain escape, coming in from Denver to Estes Park perhaps, and want to pack in as many winter outdoor activities as they can, here is your Estes Park winter weekend itinerary.
Take a trek into Rocky Mountain National Park and pick one of the many snowshoe trails available. From beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone. Even if snowshoeing isn’t your thing, strap on some skis and hit the cross-country ski trails nearby. Don’t know how? There are lessons offered, like at the Kent Mountain Adventure Center. Rental cost includes skis, boots, and poles.
And if you are really looking for a challenge, head up to Hidden Valley for some backcountry skiing. This old ski resort is now a popular spot for expert skiers to hit the slopes within the park. Or if you aren’t ready for epic runs, Hidden Valley is also a known spot for sledding.
For the romantics
Estes Park is a great place for couples who want to enjoy a cozy winter weekend in the mountains. Soak up the scenery with a leisurely hike or snowshoe around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It may be a bit cold, but sunrise at Bear Lake is spectacular and is one view you two won’t soon forget. Rest and relax after your day outdoors and book a couple’s massage at one of Estes Park’s massage centers.
Spend the evening strolling through the streets of downtown Estes Park and gaze in at the beautiful art galleries and cozy up with a book at the MacDonald Book Shop. Cap off the evening with a wine tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery and dinner at The View Restaurant.
Book your stay in one of our Lazy R cabins, located just one mile from Rocky Mountain National Park and nestled amongst the mountain landscape. Soak in your personal hot tub and gaze up at the stars for a perfectly romantic evening.
For food and drinks
Estes Park is home to many different restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, and one distillery. For those who seek to try the local cuisine and sample the latest brew, a weekend in Estes Park is just the place to do that!
For food visit the Twin Owl Steakhouse for a good steak, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ for out-of-this-world BBQ, Notchtop Bakery and Café for a quick breakfast, Coffee on the Rocks for a morning coffee, and the Bird and Jim Restaurant for classic Colorado cuisine.
For drinks be sure to stop in at the Elkins Distillery for a taste of Colorado whisky or check out one of the several breweries in town: Estes Park Brewery, Lumpy Ridge Brewing, or Rock Cut Brewing. Or try a sampling of all at The Barrel.
For more on what to do in Estes Park this winter, read here.
Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts
No matter the reason for visiting Estes Park, complete your Estes Park winter weekend itinerary with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts. Our budget-friendly Estes Park accommodations offer cabins, condos, vacation homes, and more. Just minutes from downtown Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, we offer an ideal location for your weekend getaway! Book your stay with us and start planning your vacation today!