Daily Rocky Mountain Snowshoe Tours
Daily Departure Tours Overview
DURATION: 4-5 Hours
START TIME: 8:00 AM
END TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM
1/2 DAY GROUP: $95 USD Per Person
Private Snowshoe ToursREAD ABOUT PRIVATE SNOWSHOE TOURS
DescriptionOur Daily Departure Snowshoe Tours are open to anyone (13 and older) and begin at 8:00am at the Estes Park Mountain Shop every day in the winter months. To join, you must be registered by 3pm the day prior. These tours are fantastic for groups, couples, and solo travelers who want to get out and make the most of their winter mountain get-away with fellow visitors (max group size is 6 guests)!
After group introductions, your guide will outfit everyone with snowshoes, backpacks and trekking poles. We'll then shuttle everyone to the trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. We begin our adventure at Bear Lake (9,475ft), a stunning alpine lake at the base of Tyndall Gorge, a glacially carved canyon that marks our route. After fitting our snowshoes and gearing up, we’ll circle Bear Lake, where we’ll have a chance to fine-tune our shoes and gear before heading up the gorge.
Our route then takes us to a series of mountain lakes (Dream, Nymph, and Emerald), where we’ll take in views of the majestic Longs Peak through the trees. We’ll break to enjoy Emerald Lake, and gaze upon the massive face of Hallett Peak and the jagged south ridge of Flattop Mountain above us. Tyndall Glacier looms to the west, in the shadow of the Continental Divide. After a warm drink and snack we will head back down the drainage towards Bear Lake. Before concluding our trip, we will have the option to break trail in deep snow and experience the beauty of the winter subalpine forest away from the beaten path!
- Transportation to the trailhead from the Estes Park Mountain Shop
- National Park entrance fee
- Trekking poles
- snowshoes or micro spike crampons
- trail snacks
- warm drinks
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and emergency communication device
- 2 liters of water per person
- Warm clothing
- Guide gratuity
To join a half-day group tour, we ask that guests be able to engage in demanding cardiovascular activity at a moderate pace (1-1.5 miles per hour) for 4-5 hours with occasional breaks. The elevation where we're snowshoeing is over 9,000 feet, and most guests can expect to be affected by the altitude to some degree.
If you prefer to go at a fast pace, or are unsure if you can maintain a moderate pace, we ask that you sign up for a private tour out of respect for the other members of a group tour.
Private Tours are open to all fitness levels. We're more than happy to adjust the length of the trip and the pace of the trip to fit what you are most interested in! For extremely fit parties our guides are ready and willing to move quickly and get you as far into the mountains as possible. And for folks interested in a slower pace and soaking up the magic and serenity of the mountains, we're more than happy to do that too.
Our guides are exceptional, passionate professionals with solid wilderness resumes, plenty of patience, lots of knowledge about the mountains, and a love for leading people into the wilderness.
You will meet your guide and group inside the Estes Park Mountain Shop at 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.
- Multiple bottom and top layers so you can bundle up when you're cold and shed them off if you're warm.
- 2 liters of water
- Sunscreen and sunglasses (we recommend polarized)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Two pairs of wool socks
- Rain/snow jacket and pants for blocking precipitation and wind
- Waterproof boots
Either before you travel or last minute, you can obtain all of these items (some are available for rent, all are available for purchase) at the Estes Park Mountain Shop.
The weather in Rocky Mountain National Park is unpredictable, so be prepared for snow, sun, cold temperatures, wind and possibly (but unlikely) rain. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting non-cotton layers. You'll also need waterproof boots and wool socks.
We provide snacks on the half-day tour and lunch and snacks on the full-day tour. Please bring 2 liters of water with you.
The group tours are limited to 6 guests and 1 guide. Custom Tours can go up to 12 guests and 2 guides.
Some winters can be dry, without enough snow to merit snowshoes. In this case we will equip guests with microspike crampons and head out on an awesome winter hike!
It's unlikely we'll have rain in the winter but it is possible. Regardless, if the weather is very stormy we may cancel the trip with a full refund. If you're interested we will do everything in our power to reschedule. Also, please know our guides have years of experience and can discern between a casual snowfall and unsafe hiking conditions, and will err on the side of safety.
If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $25 per person administrative fee. If you cancel within 24 hours, there is no refund.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 13 and older to join this trip
- Anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian