Winter Acivities

Sledding, Tubing, Snow boarding

HIDDEN VALLEY is a good place for sledding and tubing.  The hills have been sculpted especially for sledding.  A restroom is at the bottom of the hill by the parking lot. On most weekends when there's an attendant, a warming room is also available. This is approximately 17 miles from the cabin.  Call 970-586-1206 for the National Park’s information line or the Estes Park Visitors Center at 800-44-ESTES

ALSO, The little road that leads to the cabin is on a hill and my grandchildren have enjoyed sledding right there just a few yards away from the cabin.


Snowshoeing:  No training is necessary.  If you can hike, you can snowshoe. Most park trails can be explored with snowshoes. A few pieces of equipment are essential: you will need a pair of snowshoes and waterproof boots. Poles are helpful for maintaining balance, but optional. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry.

Ranger-led snowshoe walks:  Snowshoe walks are featured on weekends through the end of March for beginner to advance levels. Snowshoe walks require reservations that can be made in advance, seven days or less prior to the desired walk. Participants must furnish their own equipment, including poles with baskets, and be at least 8 years old. Call the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at (970) 586-1223 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily to make reservations.

Cross-Country Skiing and Winter Hiking

The high scenic trails we hike in the summer are used by cross country skiers in the winter. Sprague Lake and Bear Lake areas in the National Park are the most popular. Shops in town offer lessons, guided tours and rental skis.

To rent snowshoe and cross country ski equipment and get advice about snow conditions and recommended trails:
Estes Park Mountain Shop

2050 Big Thompson Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-6548

Ice Skating

You can find outdoor ice skating at the YMCA of the Rockies. Ice skates are available for rent.  $5.00 refundable deposit per pair of skates. 800-777-9622

Wildlife Watching

Rocky is a wonderful place to look for wildlife, and many park roads are open in winter. Bring your field guides and binoculars, and don't forget your camera. As with any wild animals, you never know when or where you'll see them, and consider yourself fortunate to see what you can. Winter is an especially good time to look for Elk, Mule deer, Moose, and other large mammals.  Although we've seen moose just a few yards from our cabin, the best place to look for moose is along the Colorado River on the park's west side. Elk and Mule deer are most active at dusk and dawn, and are usually seen in meadow areas. Look for Bighorn sheep along the Highway 34/Fall River corridor on the park's east side. Coyotes may be seen any time of day. Members of the Jay family, including Steller's jays, with their striking blue bodies and black, crested heads, Gray jays, Clark's nutcrackers, and the iridescent, long-tailed Black-billed magpies are commonly seen at our cabin.

Downhill at Eldora

Drive an hour south on the Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway to Eldora Ski Resort to find a full-service ski resort with ski rentals, lessons, groomed slopes and lighting for some night-time skiing.  The summit of the area is at 10,800 feet (3,300 m) with a 1600-foot (488 m) vertical drop.

Although Eldora is small compared to some of the bigger resorts in Colorado, the terrain variety is well known and challenging. There are beginner friendly trails, intermediate and advanced trails and expert terrain.

Snowmobile and High-Country Snow Cat Tours

On the Trail Snowmobiling
970 627 0171
888 627 2429

High Country Snow Cat Tours
970 215 7064


Nordic Skiing

Connected to the Eldora alpine ski resort -- just 32 miles from our cabin -- this high country park offers 25 miles of trails for classic cross-country skiing,  skate skiing, and snowshoeing.  Don't be surprised if you're passed at warp speed by skinny skiers in spandex --  Olympians train here. 

The terrain skis like a roller coaster, each steep and punchy climb followed by an equally punchy drop, with tight corners thrown in to ramp up the difficulty.

Eldora is the closest major resort to Estes Park.  Rentals ar avaulabl on-site, and day passes are a steal.

Latest comments

28.10 | 01:24

Amy here -- I had tunnel vision only for the Aspen Mountain Cabin (Colorado). thank you! (9/23-9/25 or 9/26)

28.10 | 01:22


I am wondering if your lovely cabin is still available Sept 23 (Fri) and Sept 24 (Sat)? we could easily also stay Sept 25 Sun, leaving Mon if available!

30.06 | 01:08

Hi....wondering if the Aspen Mountain Cabin is available August 8, 2020?

16.06 | 14:51

Very important page yet out of date.