Play in the snow among majestic peaks and towering forests. Head to Hidden Valley Snow Park inside Rocky Mountain National Park, where you and the tikes can go sledding, build a snowman, and have the ultimate Calvin vs. Susie snowball fight. Of course it also is a pretty good place to bond.
History of Hidden Valley
In 1941, a tow rope lift was built at Hidden Valley and the ski area was established. In 1955, the area was developed with a lodge and ski lift. After much controversy over an active business inside the park, the ski slopes closed in 1992 .The chair lifts are long gone and the area no longer offers downhill skiing, but the bottom of the old bunny hill has been made into a popular snow sledding and tubing area.
Sledding and Tubing
The sledding hill is open from 10:00 am to 4 pm every day, but you have to bring your own sleds. You can rent sleds and tubes at several locations in Estes Park including the Estes Park Mountain Shop and The Warming House. Sleds with metal runners are not allowed. The Snow Play Area is not supervised and you have responsibility for your own safety.
Warming Hut and Restrooms
There are heated bathrooms to help keep you warm, but the warming hut, staffed with volunteers, is only open on weekends and holidays.
Snowshoeing, Backcountry Skiing, and Snowboarding
Recently, some recreational trails have been developed leaving from the Hidden Valley area and go about 2 miles into the terrain. Snowboarders may walk up the old ski runs and snowboard at their own risk. Trees are starting to repopulate the old runs and are making snowboarding more hazardous. Please use caution.
Directions to Hidden Valley
To get to Hidden Valley, enter at the Beaver Meadows Entrance from Estes Park and pay the entrance fee. Drive Trail Ridge Road to the Hidden Valley parking lot. (Trailridge Road closes in winter from Hidden Valley onward to the West)
Call 970-586-1206 for Rocky Mountain National Park’s information line or the Estes Park Visitors Center at 800-44-ESTES for the latest snow reports and information about sledding in Rocky Mountain National Park.