The snowy months have officially made their way to Northern Colorado, but grabbing your skis and hitting the slopes isn’t the only way you can enjoy the winter wonderland. Next time you wake up to a snow day, you should consider an outdoor sledding or show shoeing adventure.
If the weather outside is frightful, then the sledding will be delightful at these NoCo sledding hills:
Aggie Greens Disc Golf Course (Fort Collins)
At the intersection of Dixon Canyon Road and South Overland Trail, you’ll find a disc golf course that’s perfect for sledding on a powder day. Known as the best sled hill in Fort Collins, people come from all over Northern Colorado to try it out. The hill is tall enough to get some speed, but not so tall that you have to worry about your children taking it on by themselves, so it’s perfect for families with kids of all ages.
Fort Collins City Park
The sledding hill at Fort Collins’ City Park allows for plenty of speed and, more importantly, plenty of time to stop before you hit any unwanted obstacles. There are trees near the bottom, so this hill is more appropriate for the experienced sledders in the group.
Kroh Park (Loveland)
Located east of the pond and west of N Monroe Avenue, the sled hill at Kroh Park is the most popular option in Loveland, and a favorite sledding spot in the entire region for all skill levels.
Nottingham Field (Greeley)
The go-to sled hill in Greeley is located next to the University of Northern Colorado’s Nottingham Field. It’s been a favorite for locals for decades, so you’re sure to have a great time and run into your neighbors if you’re there on a powder day.
If sledding isn’t your thing, but you enjoy a nice hike in the summer months, then snowshoeing is likely to become your new favorite winter activity. It’s a great way to enjoy some of your favorite trails and take in the sights and sounds of the area while it’s blanketed in snow. Many of your favorite hiking trails will be suitable for snowshoeing after a hefty snowfall, but these are a few of our favorites:
Lory State Park
Located just north of Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park is a paradise for snowshoers. There is an intricate trail system that offers long and short trails for every skill level, and it’s also a great option for cross-country skiing.
Blue Lake Trail is located in the Poudre Canyon about 90 minutes west of Fort Collins. The first two miles of the trail follows an old wagon trail, crossing over Joe Wright Creek and Fall Creek before entering the Rawah Wilderness area. Blue Lake is located approximately five miles from the trailhead, and it’s a stunning sight in the winter.
Bear Lake Loop
This scenic snowshoe hike at the end of Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is ideal for beginners. It’s just over one-half mile and has little elevation gain as you circle the water, so it’s perfect to start practicing.
For those who are more experienced and conditioned at snowshoeing, another option from Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is to take the Bear Lake Trailhead to Odessa Lake. It is a nine-mile loop, with an incredible view of the lake all along the trail, and views of both Bear Lake and Odessa Lake from the summit.
Happy trails to you!