Rocky Mountain Lodge Based Snowshoe Tour

Estes Park, CO
4.9 (19 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Winter Mountain Experience
  • Rejuvenating Solitude
  • Winter Wildlife
  • Invigorating Snowshoeing & Hiking
  • Stunning Mountain Scenery
  • Cozy Accommodations & Wonderful Meals
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History


Discover the Colorado Rockies in winter on our 4-Day Inn-Based Rocky Mountain National Park Snowshoe Adventure. We offer an in-depth experience – we’ll traverse beneath the high peaks near the Continental Divide, cross frozen mountain lakes, explore mountain meadows where Elk, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Lynx, and even the rare Wolverine may be seen. Absorb the magic of winter stillness and solitude by day, and enjoy cozy lodging and wonderful meals in the evenings!

Our daily itineraries are selected to highlight the diversity and beauty of the ecosystems within the Park – we take the same care in selecting quality mountain lodging and meals to ensure your experience is exceptional. Whether you’ve never donned a pair of snowshoes, or are a seasoned winter traveler in search of new terrain, join us – You’ll experience the Rocky Mountains the way very few do!

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$2090 Per Person
$225 Single Supplement

$225 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 35+MI / 50+KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This tour hikes on well-maintained trails, ranging from gradual to steep inclines. It is a great introduction to snowshoeing. The snow level will vary throughout the year. Early and late winter season can be combination of hiking on dirt, hard packed snow, and freshly fallen snow. The difficulty of this trip (hiking distance and elevation change) may vary based on the group’s motivation level, amount of snow and weather. Ratings reflect maximum hiking distances.

Hiking Distances:

5-7 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

940 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking/snowshoeing uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on a variety of surfaces including packed snow, freshly fallen snow and dirt/rocks


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Rocky Mountain National Park Snowshoe Tour a Solitude Level 3. You can expect several hours of solitude at a time.

Travel to Estes Park

All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines and is an inexpensive airport to fly into. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to reach Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.

Denver to Estes Park Shuttles

Estes Park Shuttle: 970-586-5151 (earliest shuttle leaves Denver International Airport at 5:00 am and arrives in Estes Park at 8:00 am)

Private Trips

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Day 1

  • Shuttle to trailhead: 20 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn on Fall River

The first day of this Rocky Mountain National Park snowshoe tour brings us into the valley of the Big Thompson River in Moraine Park, as we snowshoe through a landscape filled with the sights and sounds of past glacial activity here. Our route is great for our first day in Rocky, as it begins at a relatively low altitude, giving us the opportunity to adjust to the thin air before we head higher in coming days.

We’ll see waterfalls, large “glacial erratics” (boulders left behind as the ice receded), and mountain lakes carved into granite bowls. This large valley of Moraine Park is also well-known for abundant wildlife.

Our trek follows an open corridor into Fern Canyon. The way is gentle and perfect for getting the feel of our gear and making adjustments along the way.

We’ll continue along the Big Thompson River to The Pool, a roaring confluence of water deep in the scoured granite. Along this route we’ll also see Windy Gulch Cascades high above the canyon floor, and we’ll pass through Arch Rocks, massive boulders left along our path by ancient rivers and ice.

After lunch at the Pool we’ll circle south toward Cub Lake, up a large glacial moraine, a ridge of sand and stone created as a glacier swept through this valley. We first see Cub Lake from high above, framed by the mountains of Glacier Gorge, then we make our way to shoreline where we’re likely to see an array of wildlife, particularly elk and possibly moose as well. This area experienced a large fire in 2012 – even as the effects of this fire are still evident, new vegetation is returning and providing an important food supply for these large mammals.

From there it’s a short trek back to our trailhead, and then to our lodge for a great dinner and relaxing evening.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to trailhead: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 940 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn on Fall River

After breakfast we’ll saddle up and make our way into the high country near the Continental Divide: we’ll gear up at the Bear Lake trailhead and head east on the Bear Lake Trail. After circling around the lake’s eastern edge, we’ll gain the Flattop Ridge and begin our traverse through a truly beautiful subalpine forest.

Today’s trek marks a gentle traverse and descent through high subalpine forest, past alpine lakes, and into the rich high meadow of Hollowell Park a thousand feet below!

We’ll take our time here, as we’ll have spectacular views of the high peaks all around us en route to Bierstadt Lake, at 9,320ft. Views of Longs Peak from here are stunning. After a hearty lunch we’ll begin our descent from the ridge into Hollowell Park, where again we’re likely to see a range of wildlife along Mill Creek, which helped carve this beautiful valley.

After a full day at altitude, it’s back then to Estes and our evening.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 870 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn on Fall River

Day three finds us in the quiet, lush environs of Wild Basin. After breakfast and our shuttle to this southern and less-traveled region of the Park, and with a stop for a look at the old Enos Mills homesite and the dramatic east face of Longs Peak, we’ll begin our trek along the North Saint Vrain creek into Wild Basin proper.

Our route takes us along the creekside access road (closed and snowy for us!) to the Wild Basin trailhead; we’ll follow the creek past Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades, which will be frozen into crystalline ice flows amongst the spruce/fir and drifts of snow.

Our trail then steepens as we approach Ouzel Falls. Distant mountains come into view as we walk. Ouzel Falls will likely be frozen solid as well – a natural sculpture before us as we enjoy lunch and views of the Continental Divide to the west.

Following lunch we’ll make our way back down trail the way we came, to our shuttle, through the Tahosa Valley and to our lodge as dusk descends and dinner awaits.

Day 4

  • Shuttle to trailhead: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 400 feet

Our last morning together we’ll enjoy a final trek into the canyon of Fall River, where we’ll stretch our legs with a beautiful snowshoe to Chasm Falls. We’ll have an early lunch at the Falls, which will be encased in ice as water rushes through a narrow granite slot in the gorge. The high massif of Trail Ridge looms overhead to the south as we make our way up the trail.

After some last quiet time in this special place we’ll return to our shuttle and to Estes for departures.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of premier lodging in Estes Park
  • Snowshoes and trekking poles
  • Top-of-the-line daypack
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Daily hot drinks “on the trail”
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (beginning and ending in Estes Park)
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, we’ve hand-picked local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy! We made our decisions based on the quality of their food, their charm, and how much local color and character they have.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Snowshoes
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado at 8:30 AM the first day of the trip (if staying in Denver, Estes Park Shuttle offers a 5:00-8:00 am shuttle). Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park at 8:30 am the first day of the trip. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Winter Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, Rocky Mountain National Park is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. Winter can be cold and snowy or mild, depending on the year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)





3 nights

This extremely cozy, scenic lodge is located on the shores of a majestic mountain creek and offers a natural but modern lodging experience perfect for our Rocky Mountain adventure.
(creekside spas)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.9 (19 reviews)
Julie M

Great Trip!

7 months ago

Had a great time and look forward to doing more Wildland Trekking trips!

Linda D

Bucket List Trip Comes True

9 months ago

Just back from an exceptional snowshoeing hike in the Rockies. Snow, mountains, lakes, great group of fellow adventurists, nice accommodations and good food. Our guide, Floyd, is very knowledgeable of the area and the hikes, set a good pace, shared his enthusiasm for the mountains, and most important is a wonderful, caring, thoughtful guy. I am already looking forward to a return trip during hiking season. Highly recommend this trip.

Lisa N

Truly a Great Experience

9 months ago

The Rocky Mountain Snowshoe tour was truly a grand experience! From the friendly folks at the Inn on Fall River, to our terrific guide (Floyd) - who shared his knowledge of the area, leading our group on some just beautiful & fun filled daily snowshoeing! Truly a great experience - Thank you!

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