Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

A few Saturdays ago, my friend Nate and I went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sunny and a cool 35 °F, it was a perfect day for a couple of newbies to hit the powdery peaks.

Snowshoes are, in fact, not made of tennis rackets and rope.

Snowshoes are, in fact, not made of tennis rackets and rope.

We rented our snowshoes at Estes Park Mountain Shop. Conveniently located off US-34 on the way to RMNP and with rental fees as low as $5/day, it's the best place in town to meet your snowshoeing needs.

The entrance fee to RMNP is $20 per car but consider getting an annual pass while you're there. A year of access to Rocky Mountain is only $60 but I got the Interagency Annual Pass, which provides access to ALL national parks in the US, for $80(!!).

We snowshoe'ed the Deer Mountain Trail, which is a moderately strenuous hike. Heaps of snow covered the path so we trail blazed most of the way, which only added to the adventure.

At the start of the hike

Snowshoeing is the perfect way to get your hiking fix during the long Colorado winter. I also found it a great way to slow down and appreciate the mountain, which I don't always do when downhill skiing. Plus there were some pretty insane views.

Nearing the summit of Deer Mountain

This definitely won't be my only time snowshoeing this season. Next up: the Dream Lake Trail !

P.S. You may have noticed I linked to AllTrails twice in the above post. I am obsessed with this outdoor recreation platform. I've been using it to plan my hiking, backpacking, trail running, (and now snowshoeing) excursions since moving to Colorado. You can find any type of trail based on your desired difficulty level or activity and there is a great community of users who review trails and post photos. I highly recommend it to any outdoor adventurers.