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Castle Mountain Lodge: Winter Family Friendly Fun

November 9, 2012 by


Castle Mountain Lodge

Castle Mountain Lodge

Castle Mountain Lodge offers a classic Estes Park Colorado experience with charming, brown-painted cabins nestled along Fall River Road. It’s close proximity to the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park makes it a perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents, and kids to enjoy a wide-range of outdoor activities, even in the winter.

Ranger led snowshoe walk.

Ranger led snowshoe walk.

Things to Do at Rocky Mountain National Park

While the Rocky Mountain National Park offers plenty to do in the summer, winter is actually a favorite time to visit for many. Winter activities at Rocky Mountain National Park include guided ecology snowshoe walks and cross-country skiing tours at lower elevations. Depending on the amount of snow, sometimes you can just wear hiking boots.

Join a park ranger on a wintry excursion through the beautiful backcountry where you’re sure to see wildlife tracks of deer, snowshoe hares, and coyotes in the snow as you learn about the area.

Some ecology snowshoe walks are appropriate for beginners, and others are designed for beginners and those with intermediate level skills.

Big Horn Sheep

Big horn sheep are a common sight.


Wildlife is abundant when you visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. You might just spot a fox, mountain lion, bear or bobcat, but they fear people so these critters are a rare sight.

More common wildlife includes: elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Coyotes and raccoon come out more at night, but there’s a chance you’ll get to see one. Winter is a great time to watch wildlife because with less foliage, it makes it harder for them to hide so they are most visible, so grab your camera.


Another favorite winter activity for families is sledding at Bear Lake and Hidden Valley in the Park. This activity brings the kid out in everyone. Sledding areas are equipped with restrooms, and the Hidden Valley sledding area also has a warming house.

Visit MacGregor Ranch and Museum

Visit MacGregor Ranch and Museum

MacGregor Ranch and Museum

For a change up, make a visit to the MacGregor Ranch and Museum, located a couple miles from Castle Mountain Lodge. Self-guided tours of the museum start at the entrance of the 1896 house (museum), and will take you through the milkhouse, smokehouse, and blacksmith shop.

This ranch still raises cattle like they did back in 1873.

After snowshoeing, sledding, and other outdoor activities, the family will enjoy an evening sitting fireside. The Castle Mountain Lodge is a quiet destination where fond memories are cultivated and cherished.

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