Category Archives: RMNP Snowshoeing

There’s A Lot Of Snow In Estes Park, CO And Rocky Mountain National Park!

By the time the snow ended yesterday morning, we had about 22″ of fresh powder. That’s the biggest snowfall we’ve had all winter. Because of the elevation, the snow doesn’t last very long in Estes Park. It usually melts in a couple of days, unlike back east where it can stay all winter.

However in the mountains above 10,000 feet which is about a 10-15 minute drive for us, they had 3 feet by early this morning. Wow! That is incredible. It’ll be fun to get the snowshoes or skis out this week and try it out.

If you do want to go snowshoeing or AT skiing, be very careful where you go. The avalanche danger is very HIGH in RMNP. If the slope is more than 30 degrees, there is much more chance of an avalanche.

This is a picture from our deck which overlooks Rocky Mountain National Park. The winds have already blown the snow from the railings.

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The Hike To Dream Lake And Emerald Lake In RMNP Is Always Spectacular!


The hike from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is always spectacular…especially in the winter! The skies are so blue and the snow is so pretty.

Many people hike or snowshoe this trail in the winter. Others who are very adventuresome, will put their skins on their downhill skis and ski up to Emerald Lake and then ski down.

On  the way to Dream Lake from Nymph Lake the trail narrows considerably so you need to go single file. We were lucky that the trail was fairly packed down when we passed by. It was  a gorgeous day when Phil took this photograph!

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New Ski Tracks Near Hidden Valley In Rocky Mountain Natinal Park


We were driving up Trail Ridge Road to Hidden Valley to see what the conditions were like when I saw these fresh ski tracks coming down one of the slopes. Someone looked like they were having fun skiing through all of the trees. I wonder where they started their run…

We have our skis ready and waiting until the arctic blast goes away so we can try our hand at skiing at Hidden Valley. Or maybe we’ll just go snowshoeing…that’s just as much fun!

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Cute Little Chickadee On Emerald Lake Trail In RMNP


On our recent hike up to Emerald Lake this cute little chickadee kept following us for the last part of the hike. He was so cute. He’d fly to the ground right near us and peck around and then fly to the branch of a nearby tree.

I finally figured it out and got my camera ready. He landed on this branch on the trail right near Emerald Lake and I clicked away! Cute, isn’t he?

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The Snow Is Beautiful In Rocky Mountain National Park


In the past 12 days, we’ve had 4 snowstorms that have dropped at least 3-8″ each here in Estes Park. Within a few hours, it is all melted and we once again think spring is here. Phil and I hadn’t been up to Bear Lake in a while so we decided to drive through the park and see how much snow there really is. There are many snow patches along the lower terrain of the park but as you go up in elevation, the snow definitely increases. We got up to Bear Lake where it is still “snowshoe” weather and took this picture of Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain with Tyndall Glacier in the center. You can see just how much snow there is on top of the taller peaks. It is so pretty…even when spring is supposed to be just around the corner!

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