12 Places to Visit Before the Snow Melts
Colorado winter offers a lot of fun things to offer during the season. There are 28 different ski and snowboard resorts you can visit and ski or board. The lodges at the resorts offer wonderful places to get a great meal or a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate to help warm you up and rest your legs. However, if skiing or snowboarding isn’t your idea of fun, there are several other things to do to get out and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. Here are 12 things to try before the snow melts!
- Snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love something about a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Many of the trails that are enjoyed so much during the summer are available to snowshoe during the winter! Visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm to learn more.
- Ice Skating at Evergreen Lake
This lake is not only a favorite of the locals, but it was voted #10 of CNN’s most beautiful places in the world to ice skate. Read the article at https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/beautiful-ice-rinks/index.html?gallery=9). It is also the world’s largest outdoor rink to be groomed by a Zamboni. That is some incredible recognition that makes it one of the 12 things to do before winter turns to spring! http://www.evergreenrecreation.com/Youth_Activities/Ice_Skating.htm
- Tubing, Sleigh-Ride, Dinner and Cowboy Roping
There is something picturesque about spending an afternoon tubing in the snow, an evening sleigh-ride to the lodge, dinner in the lodge with a roaring fireplace, learning to rope from the area cowboys, and then enjoying some dancing. It’s an amazing way to spend a Colorado winter day! http://www.saddlebackranch.net/dinner-sleigh-rides.html
- Ice Fishing
Who says that fishing is a summer-only activity? Ice fishing is a popular winter activity for the avid fisherman, but it isn’t only for them. Once you obtain your Colorado fishing license, you can fish! Here is a list of 8 of the top lakes to fish in the winter from Colorado.com – https://www.colorado.com/articles/8-ice-fishing-lakes-colorado.
- Dog Sledding in Winter Park
Speaking of romantic winter activities in the Colorado snow, there are numerous places around Colorado that you can go dog sledding! Winter Park offers rides between 2 and 5 miles long (depending on the excursion booked) where you can ride along while the dogs and the musher guide you through the gorgeous mountain scenery. They even offer dog carting in the summer, so if you happen to miss out booking for the winter, you can give that a try! http://www.playwinterpark.com/dog-sled-cart-rides
- Snow Mountain Ranch and YMCA of the Rockies
This is a favorite of many Coloradans both in the summer and winter! Winter offers the lodging area, is close to ski resorts and offers many winter activities right on the ranch. One of the cool things you can do there is Fat Biking. These bikes are equipped with appropriate snow tires you can take on trails around the ranch and do some exploring. To learn more about lodging and activities, visit https://snowmountainranch.org/fat-biking-and-snowshoeing/.
No winter activity list is complete without mentioning snowmobiling. Several spots around Colorado offer great places to get away and play on a guided snowmobile tour. One of these places is Grand Lake in Grand County. To learn more about these tours, visit https://www.visitgrandcounty.com/play/snow-sports/snowmobiling/.
- Ice Climbing
One of the treasured activities of many people in Colorado is rock climbing. This winter alternative offers the opportunity to climb the ice cliffs. Ouray Ice Park is one of the most popular places to experience this activity. To learn more, visit their website at http://ourayicepark.com/.
- Cross-Country Skiing
Many of the ski resorts around Colorado offer cross-country skiing trails that you can enjoy if downhill skiing is not your cup of tea. To learn more about areas in which you can play, visit https://www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-nordic-centers-snowshoeing-more and see which resort is perfect for you.
Cooper Mountain is close to Denver and a fantastic place to date the kids to enjoy an afternoon of tubing. There are several different runs to choose from – everything from one for young children and beginners to expert ones for the thrill seekers. Cooper Mountain is not the only place to enjoy this activity, but is one that is easy to get to from Denver! http://www.coppercolorado.com/things-to-do/activities-amenities/activities/tubing-hill
- Glenwood Hot Springs
After a day of exploring, a winter hike up to Doc Holiday Greave, a visit to the Doc Holiday’s Museum and Bullocks Western Wear take a soak or swim some laps at Glenwood Hot Springs. It is a great way to ease away aches and pains, allowing you to completely relax. It is also a fun family time, kids can bring their floats and jump off the diving board! The hot springs pool in Glenwood is a popular way.
- Fondue at the top of Keystone. Cuddle up for a nighttime gondola ride, this is a unique dining experience, to say the least. And a great way to see nature at night and stay warm. Ride 2 Gondolas to the top of North Peak elevation 11,660 feet. Enter the warm and cozy Log Cabin Outpost to fill up on cheer and beer at Dur Fondue Chessel. Perfect for the ski bunnies, that don’t like to ski:)
What are your favorite snow spots in Colorado to explore?