>>Ever since then I've wondered about hiking in RMNP in winter. Will have to try it when I get the chance.
George, it's great in winter. The network of trails around Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge provide some of the finest snowshoeing opportunities around. Avalanche danger is low but the quality of scenery is very high. The road to both trailheads is kept plowed throughout the winter. I tend to avoid the area in summer because of the crowds but in winter this is four star hiking. If you don't have snowshoes, you can rent them in Estes Park.
If you like to photograph elk, you can usually find a good herd at Moraine Park around dusk.