If you're in search of a winter wonderland for your family's holiday escape, look no further than Estes Park! Here, the majestic frozen landscapes, charming small-town vibe, and an enchanting array of family-friendly lodging options make it the perfect destination for your winter break.

Imagine waking up with the whole family to stunning views of snow-covered mountains and frosted forests, spending your days exploring the wilderness and then retreating to cozy and comfortable accommodations. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, in Estes Park, this dream can quickly come true. Here are some terrific lodging options to accommodate your family this winter.




YMCA of the Rockies

One such place ideal for families is the expansive YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center. This beautiful 860-acre mountain retreat offers a range of lodging options including 250 cabins and nine lodges. Here, your family can unplug, get closer to nature and enjoy a host of activities from yoga to ice skating to snowshoeing. Everything you need for an all-encompassing Rocky Mountain experience is here.

YMCA Ice Skate


The Ridgeline Hotel

A mere fifteen minutes walk from downtown, you'll find The Ridgeline Hotel, a contemporary paradise with an ideal location. You can take full advantage of your proximity to downtown restaurants, shopping, and breweries. The whole family (especially the kiddos) will have a blast playing in the indoor pool and arcade. Not to mention the convenience of its onsite restaurant and bar, Latitude 105

Latitude 105


Castle Mountain Lodge 

For a more intimate stay, consider the Castle Mountain Lodge. Nestled in the pines just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, this property offers quaint and cozy cabins that let you experience picturesque mountain living without sacrificing the comforts of home. Don’t miss out on their winter special providing snowshoes, firewood, popcorn and movie rentals for the whole family!

Castle Mountain Winter


Murphy’s River Lodge

Located just two blocks west of Estes Park’s main street shops and restaurants, Murphy’s River Lodge is the perfect accommodation choice for a snowy winter stay. Nestled against the river, this lodge allows families to enjoy both nature and the local attractions with ease. Your comfort is conveniently amplified with an in-house continental breakfast, a relaxing indoor pool and hot tub, and private riverside decks. Enjoy a family night-in complete with free theatre-style popcorn and DVD rentals. Murphy’s River Lodge is also pet friendly so you really can bring the whole family!

Murphy's River Lodge Winter


Rams Horn Village Resort

Located adjacent to the Beaver Meadows entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Rams Horn Village Resort offers luxury mountain cottages coupled with perfect views of the surrounding landscapes. You’ll appreciate the privacy of your own cabin and the ability to make meals in your kitchen, combined with amenities like a heated pool, three hot tubs, and a clubhouse. Rams Horn is the perfect marriage between family-friendly and luxury lodging with the complete rustic mountain experience.

Rams Horn- Winter Cabin


Several other lodges and inns cater to families and offer an array of amenities from stunning mountain views to whirlpools, in-room fireplaces and more. Find more family-friendly lodging options here!

And remember, a family that stays together, plays together. So, this winter break, pack your warmest gear and head out to the snowy valley of Estes Park for a family winter vacation to remember. Learn more about winter adventures in Estes Park here.