30 Activities to Stay Warm on a Winter Day

30 Ways to Enjoy an Estes Park Snow Day Inside

It’s no secret, there are plenty of ways to explore outside and enjoy the snow in Estes Park! But for those of you who want to stay warm while enjoying the winter wonderland ambiance, sipping hot cocoa by the fire and exploring a new town, this is the list for you! Here are 30 ways to enjoy a snow day (or rainy day) together – while staying warm indoors.

Day-Time Activities

pamper yourself on an Estes Park snow day

  1. Make it a Spa Day – Pamper yourselves with massages at the parlor or bring the spa to you with an in-condo massage.
  2. Experience The Estes Ark – You can’t miss the ark on Hwy 34. What you may not know is that it’s a great indoor spot for families with kids, offering toy collections, slot car racing, sluice mining and more.
  3. Indoor Rock Climbing Gym – Estes Park Mountain Shop is the one stop shop for all things winter. You can get outdoor rentals or have an indoor game of fun in their rock climbing and bouldering gym.
  4. Museum Weekends – Catch a glance at local history at the Estes Park Museum. Learn about the original settlers, homesteads and more.
  5. Denver Football Sunday Buffet at the Park Theater – The theater is a great landmark on its own, but did you know they also host a Sunday football buffet? And it’s only a 7 minute walk from your condo.
  6. Warm and Educational Wintertime Wonders Bus Tour – Rocky Mountain Conservancy offers winter habitat tours of Rocky Mountain National Park from the warmth of a 14-passenger bus. They’ll even pick you up at Fall River Village!
  7. Go on a Winter Wonderland Jeep Photo Safari – If off-roading to catch glimpses of wildlife is your style, a jeep photo safari may be the perfect way to go.
  8. Take a Ghost Tour at The Stanley Hotel – Learn about the famous Stanley Hotel, its past and its ghosts with one of their many tour offerings.
  9. Make it a Girl’s Weekend or Craft Day in – Fall River Village offers Scrapbooking retreat packages for a perfect craft weekend.
  10. Have a “Framily” Game Day or Cook-Off in your Condo – Fall River Village offers a complimentary game library and our kitchens come fully-stocked for all your cooking adventures.
  11. Art Galleries – With a number of galleries, the art enthusiast can enjoy a day of local culture and flare.
  12. Inkwell & Brew – Enjoy some downtime for writing while watching the snow fall along the river, discover unique stationaries or sip the perfect coffee blend here. Poetry sessions are also offered the first Fridays of the month. It’s only a 10 minute walk from your condo.
  13. Experience a Traditional High Tea at Moon Kats – For cat lovers and tea fanatics, Moon Kats is the ideal spot for a snack or lunch. They also offer a classy “High Tea” for those who want to revel in the British tradition. It’s only a 10 minute walk from your condo.
  14. Learn How Taffy is Made -The Original Taffy Shop offers demonstrations using their same recipe and wrapping machine since 1935. And it’s only a 5 minute walk from your condo!
  15. Dick’s Rock Museum – Opened by local geologist in 1964, the rock museum is a historic landmark showcasing his varied collection of gems, petrified woods and geodes.
  16. Glass Blowing Demonstrations – Visit the local glass blowing studio for unique gifts, great art and even demonstrations of how they make it all! Best of all, its only a 3 minute walk from your condo.
  17. Old West Photoshoot – Create new personas and get an Old West portrait to capture the memories of your trip, just a 7 minute walk from your condo.
  18. Weaving Demonstrations – The Church Shops offer weaving demonstrations with rustic looms. It’s only a 5 minute walk from your condo!
  19. Roller Skate – The indoor rink at the Y is a hotspot for the whole family. Strap on some skates and enjoy the retro fun!
  20. Indoor Swimming – The indoor pool at the Y is a great way to get some exercise while staying warm. They also have an annual Glow Party for New Years that you won’t want to miss.

Day & Night Activities

  1. Bowling – Chippers Lanes is a classic hangout. Enjoy daily bowling deals, onsite bar, snacks, pool tables and arcade games.
  2. Wine Tasting – Snowy Peaks Winery offers wine flights for adults and juice tastings for the kids!
  3. Whiskey Distillery – The only whiskey made here in Estes Park. Visit their tasting room and craft cocktails.
  4. Estes Park Brewery – Taste local beers or even their house-made root beer on tap! You can also enjoy food, a round of pool and arcade games.

Night-Time Activities

  1. Live Bands at The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern – Want to experience the mountain culture? A visit would not be complete without going to The Rock Inn!
  2. Paint Night – Learn new painting techniques and enjoy a new experience with friends or family during Sip-N-Paint.
  3. Tuesday Night Trivia & Food Truck at Rock Cut – For trivia and beer buffs, Rock Cut Brewery is a perfect hangout!
  4. Karaoke Friday & Saturday Nights at Lonigans – Sing your heart out or enjoy the show every weekend at this Irish Pub, just a 5 minute walk from your condo.
  5. Live Jazz Piano Friday & Saturday Nights at Nicky’s Steakhouse – Enjoy the live performance of jazz piano and a fine dining experience along Fall River.
  6. Spanish & Classical Guitar Friday & Saturday Nights at Twin Owls – If acoustic guitar is more your style, cruise over to Twin Owls Steakhouse. Enjoy a steak dinner among live music for a great night out.

For activities to enjoy outside in the snow, check out our quick links below:

Things To Do in Estes Park in Winter
Winter Packages
Why We Love Winter
More Winter Adventures in Estes Park
Winter Travel Tips

 


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Winter Travel Tips

7 Things to Know Before You Go, in Winter

Don’t let a fear of winter stand in the way of you and your weekend getaway. Here are 7 things to know before you go and winter travel tips.

 

Alberta Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter
Alberta Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

1. Weather is different in Rocky Mountain
National Park and changes quickly.

It could be warm and snow-less in Estes Park. Drive just 4-10 miles for snow
covered tree lines and valleys for a day’s winter adventure.

2. Practice safe driving.

Roads are snowplowed throughout the day. Don’t try to beat the snowplow in the
morning. Be safe. Four wheel drive is not always necessary, but it will typically
make you feel better about driving in winter. No need to worry about snow-shoveling
at your condo. Fall River Village staff will take care of it for you!

3. Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean
forget the sunscreen!

Colorado gets 300 days of summer and Estes Park gets more sun in winter
than the Western Slope. Sunglasses and sunscreen are always a must.

4. Chapstick will be your best friend.

The wind in Estes Park can be it’s own animal. It is always a good idea to have a
hood, beanie or headband in tow to protect your ears. Colorado is also very dry and
that is no exception to winter, chapstick is a must.

 

Bear Lake, Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

5. Keep hydrated.

You may not feel thirsty in the cold. It is easy to become dehydrated and not realize it. Drink water
throughout the day especially when exercising outdoors. You won’t always feel that you are sweating.
Also, be sure to put your Camelback tube and mouthpiece inside your pack to prevent freezing.

6. Pack and wear layers.

Water proof outer layers will help repel the snow or sleet. Wicking materials for inner
layers are key when being active outside, keeping you dry
from the inside out.

7. For hiking, grab your snowshoes, micro-spikes or Yak Trax.

They may not be needed, but they will make hiking easier and more enjoyable. If you aren’t
into snowshoeing, still be sure to grab your poles and thick tread hiking shoes; or micro-spikes or Yak Trax.

 

You can find your perfect winter getaway in Estes Park at Fall River Village here.
Also, be sure to check out Estes Park Mountain Shop for all your rental needs.


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How No Ski Resort Means You Can Have More Adventures this Winter
in Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park draws adventurers! We have no ski resort and we like it that way. Actually, it’s one of our favorite parts. We are authentic, explorative and want to share the other winter mountain experience – the path less traveled. Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park can be unforgettable!

1. You can ski fresh powder all day.

Why ski the exact same slope as everyone else? You won’t ever have to hunt for fresh powder or dodge others in Rocky Mountain National Park! It’s a place where you can still blaze your own trail.

2. You can explore.

Summer trails transform, providing completely different winter paths and snowy landscapes. The mountains and valleys are for you to discover or rediscover in winter. (Don’t forget your Topo map).

3. You can have better photos.

Another great bonus, with zero stress and no lines, your selfies will look even better! You can create dynamic adventure photos that your friends cannot repeat. Best of all, no need to fear the photo bombers in the back country.

4. You can relish the journey.

Instead of traffic to remember the trip, you can opt for a warm leisurely bus tour to explore winter’s nature and wildlife in the park. Or take a new route on one of the scenic byways.

5. You can do more and spend less.

You may only get in 10 runs at a ski resort. In Rocky Mountain National Park, you can ski, sled, snowmobile or snowshoe your heart out with minimal cost. A day park pass will cost you $20 and rentals if need be are $10-20. Then, you can relax with a cup of coffee at Inkwell & Brew or warm up with some fine whiskey at Elkins Whiskey. All for less than a day at the slopes.

6. No alpine start necessary.

No need to try to beat the crowds or the sunrise to drive to the mountains. Stay in Estes Park at Fall River Village and your mountain playground in Rocky Mountain National Park is only 4 miles away.

7. You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the mountains.

The Rocky Mountain experience is defined by mild to wild adventures. You can hike, sled, snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate, go ice fishing, learn to ice climb or even ride a snowcat. You can create your own adventure or find a guide for any level.


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Why We Love Holidays in Estes Park

Top 3 Reasons Why We Love Holidays in Estes Park, CO

Upping the charm for the holidays, lights are strung across downtown giving window shoppers that quaint Colorado town feel. The dusting of snow across the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountain National Park sets a beautiful backdrop.
Crisp air and Colorado sun most mornings make for epic hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and photography. There are many reasons to love winter and the holiday season in Estes Park. Here are our top 3!

1. Cheer Spreads in this Small Mountain Town

The holiday atmosphere is contagious, especially Thanksgiving weekend. Even visitors can enjoy a traditional family meal or friends-giving at local restaurants or in the comfort of their mountain home away from home. The following day, the town makes everyone feel like family with the Catch the Glow Event & Parade where people line the streets to watch festive floats, dancers and music. Opt outside the next day to make a complete holiday weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park; creating new memories as a family and finding what you love most about Estes together!

2. Winter Here is What Work Daydreams are Made Of

Winter takes over Estes Park and transforms the town into a peaceful solitary place. It’s the winter wonderland that we dream of when we are in the midst of a work week rut. Snow grazes the mountains and whisks the trees. Elk, deer and other wildlife stroll the land in town and in Rocky Mountain National Park; reminding us that it is their home first. We find ourselves often as the only people in sight. Outdoor adventures seem more grand. When we make it back to the condo, watching the stars from the hot tub or having hot chocolate by the fire perfectly completes any day.

3. No Ski Resort Means More Adventure-Making

Estes Park is not a ski resort town and that is one of our favorite parts. We don’t have to sit in traffic to go play in the snow or have the “mountain experience.” We believe our mountain experience is better, more adventurous and best of
all zero stress! Backcountry skiing is renowned in Estes for those who want to blaze new trails. For wild adventurers, there is even ice climbing lessons available! Snowshoeing treks give a whole new perspective to Rocky Mountain trails, such as Wild Basin and Bear Lake. Snowcat tours, winter Jeep tours and educational bus tours are a great way to warmly explore the winter ecosystem in the National Park. Or take the extra time, that we don’t have to stand in ski lines, to learn something new such as ice fishing or ice skating.

 

 

Quick Links To Help You Make the Most of your Holiday Vacation at Fall River Village in Estes Park, CO:

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