The Non-Skier's Colorado Winter Bucket List
Colorado boasts 25 world-class ski resorts and some of the best powder out there, but winter is so much more than skiing and snowboarding.
Here’s what to do and where to go for off-mountain winter fun in Colorado.
This is where Colorado’s natural wonders meet manmade delights. At the Frisco Adventure Park, winter adventurers enjoy a speedy tubing hill and beginner ski & ride hill, along with the gorgeously groomed Frisco Nordic Center.
Copper Mountain’s pedestrian-friendly village is home to a tubing hill for the older kids and Critterland for the youngest guests, complete with a tubing carousel, a snow den with crawl-through tunnels and a mini tubing slope dubbed the squeal hill.
Spend a magical winter day exploring Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, where tours take you underground and a state-of-the-art laser tag arena, 4D Motion Theater, shopping and dining round out the day. Don’t miss adjacent Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is open 365 days a year (weather permitting) and drops jaws with its new gondola system traversing 2,200 feet across the gorge. Stand on the bridge 965 feet over the Arkansas River and take in 360-degree Colorado winter beauty.
Colorado is filled with outdoor ice skating rinks, most offering skate rentals. Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver feature numerous frozen options. Head to Evergreen Lake for 40 acres of skating and a warming hut with a fireplace. Go deeper into the mountains for splendid alpine winter rinks in Beaver Creek, Crested Butte and Ouray. Winter Park’s Village Ice Rink offers rentals and free lessons. In Keystone, enjoy two Zamboni-maintained ice rinks and then hit the world’s largest snowfort.
Bring the kids and the grandparents. Colorado sleigh rides are a more-the-merrier winter adventure. Snuggle under a blanket, sip cocoa and swish through the Colorado mountains on a horse-drawn sleigh. Sign up for winter sleigh rides followed by dinner and a live show in Durango, Steamboat Springs and Frisco.
Explore the serenity of Colorado’s forests during wintertime; go out solo, take a guided day trip or embark on a full moon snowshoe tour. Rent shoes and poles at outfitters around the state. The guided tours at Crested Butte Mountain, free snowshoe tours at Copper Mountain and snowshoeing in majestic Rocky Mountain National Park are just a few of our favorite winter experiences.
Venture out on a horsepower-fueled adventure with a snowmobile tour or rental. No experience is necessary and terrain spans groomed beginner trails to incredible big-mountain experiences. Call on Grand Adventures Snowmobile Tours and Rentals out of Winter Park for exhilarating snowmobiling along the Continental Divide or White Mountain Tours out of Leadville for their five-hour thrill-seekers snowmobile and zipline combo.
Tubing and Sledding
Spend a quintessential Colorado winter day whipping down snow-packed slopes at classic Colorado tubing hills in Snowmass, Winter Park, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Keystone, Frisco, Vail and many other destinations.
Gather more Colorado winter ideas and plan your next great adventure at coloradoinfo.com/colorado-winter.