Winter Camping, Snowshoeing and Hiking
During a beautiful winter weekend, my wife and I camped, hiked and snowshoed in the park, only an hour from our home. We hiked the Fern Lake trail, and also around beautiful/ windy Sprague Lake. Finally, gaining elevation and snow depth, we snowshoed 4 miles up Trail Ridge Road (closed to vehicles in winter) starting at 9,640 ft in elevation at Many Parks Curve to 10,800 ft elevation near Rainbow curve. The National Park Service has this to say about Trailridge:
Built in 1931 and covering the 48 miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, eleven miles of this high highway travel above treeline, the elevation near 11,500 feet where the park's evergreen forests come to a halt. As it winds across the tundra's vastness to its high point at 12,183 feet elevation, Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34) offers visitors thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions.