Our mountain weather can be unpredictable. In the spring or summer, a bright sunny day can be interrupted with a hail-filled thunderstorm that can drop the temperature twenty degrees. Being prepared is essential in the Rockies. Always carry rain-gear and sunglasses. Know that the temperature decreases as your elevation increase. Although it may be T-shirt and shorts weather in Estes Park, you may have to wear a racket and long pants in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our altitude can cause dehydration quickly, so carry plenty of water. Also, the sun is more intense with our high altitude, so covering up with sunscreen and appropriate clothing to avoid nasty sunburns is crucial.
Winter back-country excursions are even more important to prepare for. Proper winter gear and preparation for sudden storms are essential. Estes has several mountain shops that can outfit you with the best winter footwear, clothing and survival gear.
What does "being prepared" means to us? Wear comfortable hiking shoes and the necessary layers of clothing; when hiking, your backpack should include: snacks, water, sunglasses, hat, trash bag, chap stick, sunscreen, rain jacket, compass, watch, emergency blanket, pocket knife, first aid kit, gloves/stocking cap, and a map.