Everyone loves hiking and biking in the summer. And fishing and kayaking and paddle boarding and white water rafting and… we could go on and on. Come winter time, people are breaking out the skis and boards and heading to the mountains. And while Colorado is famous for its snowy slopes, you’ll find other winter outdoorsy activities for the whole family.
Granted, as a Stepping Stone resident, you have access to our parks and trails and our Lantern House – where you can host any indoor event this winter. But if you’re looking to venture out of our community, here are a few suggestions:
ICE SKATING DOWNTOWN
Lace up and take to the ice in downtown Denver’s Skyline Park. Skating is FREE and skate rentals are $6 for kids and $8 for adults. You can also purchase a season pass for unlimited skate rentals.
Like flying down a snowy mountain but not into skiing or boarding? Go tubing instead! Coca-Cola Tube Park at the Winter Park Resort features four lanes as well as a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top.
Glide across a snowy meadow on the back of a steel horse – or snowmobile, to be more precise. Grand Adventures offers five riding locations to choose from and it’s the only tour that offers rides along the Continental Divide.
Whip effortlessly through evergreen forests and snowy trails while being pulled by a team of 10-12 trained dogs. Good Times Adventures runs an awesome 6-mile tour along the Swan River Valley. It’s a unique, interactive, and thrilling way to experience the Rocky Mountains.
Ice fishing season usually runs December to late February, when the ice is typically solid and conditions are right. Make sure you hit a tackle shop for advice on the best bait to use. Grand Lake in Granby is a worthy stop — catches of lake trout more than 32 inches long have been reported!
Don’t these activities sound like a blast? What are you waiting for? Throw on those snow boots, slip on your fleece-lined waterproof gloves, zip up your down-filled jackets, and head out for a fun-filled adventure in the Colorado snow!