Estes Park is a bit of an insiders secret for Coloradan’s, and it’s especially lovely during the winter months with the snow topped pine tree’s, herds of statuesque elk roaming the countryside and the impressive view of the Stanley Hotel when you first approach Estes from Denver. Estes lies 90 minutes northwest of Denver and lies next to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Estes Park’s snow covered evergreens and the snow capped Rocky Mountains provide the perfect location for adventure lovers to enjoy the activities a Colorado winter has to offer from snowshoeing and cross country skiing, to ice climbing, fly fishing and more!
Estes Park Winter Festival
January 16th – 17th, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend:
12pm – 5pm
Ticket prices & online tickets coming soon!
Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado wine and beer from over 30 different drink booths! Rocky Mountain National Park will be at the festival sharing their expert knowledge on outdoor winter adventures, equipment demos, offering winter safety tips and fun information about Rocky Mountain National Park. Gear up for the season by browsing the vendor area where you can find winter apparel and outdoor adventure gear. Sample chili throughout the weekend, featuring a red chili cook-off on Saturday and the green & white chili cook-off on Sunday. Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.
Saturday & Sunday Music Line Up:
Trout Steak Revival, Porcelain City, Blue Grama and Ran Off the Rooster
Kids’ Activities – in the Pavilion at the Estes Park Events Complex:
Just next door the main Winter Festival complex is the fun and interactive Kid’s Festival! Enjoy snowman human bowling, “snowball” fights and a “snow” filled pool. Get crafty by building candy cane necklaces and smile for the interactive photo booth. Family activities also include slapstick hockey, ice picking, a science station, face painting, trackless train rides, and interacting with the feature film, “Frozen” ice sculptures! Get epic with the snowboard simulator, where you can try it out for the first time or test your skills in this simulated downhill ride!
Showcase your chili! The Colorado Chili Pod, the local chapter of CASI (the Chili Appreciation Society International), is excited to once again be part of the Estes Park Winter Festival! Inviting anyone who likes red competition chili to join us this year and either cook your best pot of chili or be a judge and help choose the best chili of the day! If you are interested in cooking or judging please contact Lexy Jacobson, 970.577.3902 or [email protected]
Saturday: Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park
10am – 3pm, Bear Lake Park & Ride Area
Snow is no reason to stop hiking. Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, why pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long? Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter.
Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays . Bring food and water. Note: Beginning at 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment will be restricted; so be sure to arrive early enough so that you can demo each and every model! Please bring your driver’s license to registration. Event is free, but normal park entrance fees apply.
Make it a weekend! In addition to the festival, spend a day snowshoeing or backcountry skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park during the holiday weekend. Cozy up in a cabin or sit fireside in one of the lodges, browse all lodging here and book your holiday weekend getaway today!
For all vendor and sponsorship information, please contact Lexy Jacobson at [email protected]