Bear Lake Winter Sunset Rocky Mountain National Park Winter Tour

Winter Best of Rocky Tours
Winter Rocky Mountain National Park Tours

Visit the best Winter roadside Rocky Mountain views, frozen lakes, and winter ecology

Yellow Wood Guiding offers private Estes Park Winter Best of Rocky Tours of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Estes Park Winter Tours | Mid October - April

Horseshoe Park Overlook Winter sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park

3.5 Hr Winter Best of Rocky Tour

Naturalist guided winter tour of Rocky Mountain National Park's best roadside mountain views, frozen lakes like Bear Lake and Sprague Lake, glacial valleys, down to the lower Canyon and Great Plains and any animals and nature along the way. Rates and more details below.

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Ponderosa Pine forest in fresh snow on a Winter Estes Park Tour

3.5 Hr Winter Nature Tour

If there is a Nature topic you love, we can dive deep into all of the different sciences to expand your world while learning about the Estes Park rocky mountain region's winter biology, ecology, botany, birds, animal tracks, and history. Winter Nature Walks and Vehicle based tour options. Rates and more details below.

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Winter Best of Rocky Tours

Winter time is an amazing time of survival and adaptation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Let's go out and explore some of these great stories and see the park and Estes Park region in the winter months. Being amazed by nature is all in asking the right questions, like how can trees grow out of rocks, or how that rock got there. The answers will blow your mind.

Naturalist led Winter Best of Rocky Tours are customized to your interests; you tell us what we are interested in and that is what we will focus on. We can ramble through different ecosystems looking at the trees, animal tracks, and other features that most people would never notice. Some topic ideas for you would be: forest ecology, predator prey relationships, winter botany, local history, geology, climate change impacts, winter birds, and a whole lot more.

Since only Bear Lake Road, Route 34 and Route 36 are open this time of the year some views are limited but still spectacular along the roadways, so we can spend some time sightseeing weather permitting, but the main focus is on discussing ecology, nature and taking short walks and stops through out the park.

This driving tour has a number of stops with optional short walks, depending on conditions. The trails of Bear lake and Sprague Lake will be icy or snow covered. We provide Ice Cleats and hiking poles which are often needed for safety. From November through Decemeber, and again from mid February to April the lakes are not frozen enough to walk out on them so we need to stay on the trails. At Bear Lake specifically the winter trail has snow drifts of 2-5 feet we need to walk up and down to get the best view. In the dead of Winter, Janurary through mid February, the lakes are often safe to walk on and it is a bit easier to walk the snow covered frozen Bear Lake, but it is often very windy and cold.

Be sure to click on the Winter Weather Info page for complete details on how bad or nice the weather can be in Rocky.

Long peak winter sunrise

Locations we may visit depending on your goals:

Bear Lake Corridor Area: Bear Lake or Sprague Lake walk, Moraine Park, Glaicer Creek

Eastern Rocky Lower Valleys: Upper Beaver Meadows, Horseshoe Park, Endo Valley

Estes Park Region: Many Parks Curve, Lumpy Ridge, Devils Gulch, Dry Gulch, Northern and Southern Estes Park Valley, Big Thompson Canyon, Masonville

If you want to see some amazing sights and you are willing to hike be sure to check out the Hiking Tours.

Winter Nature Tours

Winter Nature Tours are more trail oriented to really get into the amazing details and stories mother nature holds. We never hike very far, there is just too much nature to see. We'll also drive to various locations in the park, but spend more time on the stories and topics that you're most interested.

This tour is entirely customized for your interests. Our naturalist is extremely well versed in nearly every nature subject Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer including, Ecology, Biology, Birding, Botany, Forest Ecology, Fire Ecology, Predator Ecology, Glaciology, Native American History, Local History, and much more.

Note: We can mix a Winter Nature Tour with a Winter Wildlife Tour. Let us know what you're most interested in.

Winter Tour Fees    Mid October - April

(Total Is Shown - NOT Per Person, Rate Is The Same For 1 Or 2 Guests)

Guests 1 or 2 3 or 4
3.5 Hour Tour Total (Most Recommended) $245 $325
6 Hour Tour Total $445 $525
8 Hour Tour Total $575 $655

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Winter Best of Rocky Tour Details

    Tour Details: All tours are private so the only guests will be the people you invite. Snowshoes, poles, and gators are included with the tour if needed. We pick you up from your Estes Park hotel, or if you are staying at a home we would meet up at the Estes Park Visitors Center in our Plug-In Hybrid Electric SUV with a panoramic moonroof and heated seats so you stay warm exploring in comfort.

    Tours are limited to only 4 guests so you get personal attention. We only have 4 seats, and 4 sets of excellent gear. Yellow Wood Guiding strives to provide quality experiences for all of our guests.

    Tours are designed for adults and have a strict age 12 and up policy. Kids 14 and over enjoy the experience most due to the science being presented at a high school and college level. If your kids are under 16 please read the Safari FAQ to make sure this tour is for your family.

    Be sure to bring a coat and gloves temperatures change dramatically as we go up in elevation. Be sure to dress warm and in layers. Warm people have more fun.

    Sunscreen, water and snacks are provided for all guests.

    *Not included: Park entrance fees are $30 Day pass per car, $35 Week Pass per car or $80 for an annual pass. If you have a Senior, NPS Annual, or US Veterans and Active Duty Pass it is free as long as you have your pass and ID. I do not charge for a pass, as many folks already have one.

Yellow Wood Guiding is Authorized by the National Park Service, Department of Interior to conduct services in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fees for service are strictly for educational nature experiences and photography instruction, not transportation. Est. 2007