People skiing in Estes Park, one of the area's top winter activities

As the weather chills and snow covers the mountainous landscape, Estes Park transforms into a spectacular winter wonderland. Those willing to face the elements will be treated to adventure abound in Estes Park during the winter. In fact, Estes Parks’ excellent winter conditions make it the ideal destination for tons of activities. 

Do you need help deciding what to do during your upcoming winter vacation to Estes Park? The team at Black Canyon Inn has you covered. In addition to offering well-appointed condo rentals in Estes Park, we also help travelers plan their vacations with a local perspective. Today we’ll be diving into the top five winter activities to enjoy on your Estes Park adventure.

1. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

Even in the winter months, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-stop. While the roads are more limited than when visiting during the summer, there’s still plenty of natural beauty to observe and activities to enjoy. Whether you want to take in the majestic snow-covered landscape from the warm comfort of your vehicle or bundle up with some backcountry skiing or snowshoeing, Rocky Mountain National Park has you covered.

2. Take Advantage of Estes Park’s Trails

Estes Park is home to many trails that are well-kept, even in winter. You can take advantage of the snowy conditions and the paths by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Seeing the mountains and forests draped with snow as you trek about with a friend or family member is an experience that you won’t soon forget.

3. Try Your Luck Ice Fishing

In Estes Park, fishing isn’t just a warm weather activity; in winter, anglers enjoy ice fishing. Ice fishing is allowed on all open fishing lakes and ponds in Rocky Mountain National Park, but make sure to bring a hand auger; electric augers are not allowed. Ice fishing is one of the most enjoyable winter activities you can experience in Estes Park, though it is important to remember that the key to this sport is patience. 

4. Go Shopping in Downtown Estes Park

No vacation is complete without a souvenir to remember your trip by, and there’s no better place for shopping in Estes Park than Downtown. Downtown Estes Park is home to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for home decor, apparel, jewelry, art, or something else, you’ll surely find it on Elkhorn or Moraine avenues, where you can find the highest volume of shops in the area.

5. Sample Local Craft Brews

Colorado has long when one of the pioneers of craft beer, and Estes Park’s brewery scene is fantastic. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you have to check out the city’s four breweries. Each of Estes Park’s breweries is unique, with different beer styles and atmospheres, which makes exploring them all a fun experience. Before you go, make sure to check out our guide on Estes Park’s breweries.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Winter Vacation to Estes Park

After experiencing these fantastic winter activities, warm up in cozy accommodations in Estes Park from Black Canyon Inn. In addition to the one to three-bedroom condos, we also offer a rustic log cabin. No matter which lodging option strikes your fancy, we have the perfect place to warm up and rest between your Estes Park adventures. Please book your rental online or call us at 970-586-8113