The best times to visit national parks is, arguably, in the off season. You can avoid the circus large crowds bring, the traffic, and parking in the shuttle lots. You can actually stop at the view points and take pictures. And, after fresh snow, you can enjoy the natural landscape as if you were the first one there.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a completely different park in the winter. It’s a great time to explore the lakes. Fern Lake, Bear Lake, Spruce Lake, and Loomis Lake may be covered in snow, but the trails are still in use, just less crowded. You might even see an elk or two.
If you are not an experienced snowshoer, take a ranger led tour. The two hour wildlife, ecology, and winter safety tours start at 12:30 on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Reservations are required: 970-586-1223.
There are cross-country skiing trails all over the park, as well as sledding hills. In addition to winter sports and fun, there are events in and around the park, such as photography tours, and snowshoeing tours for anglers, all winter.