Winter Activities in Colorado (Beyond Skiing and Snowboarding)

As the temperatures drop and winter sets in, many places throughout the country start to slow down until the warmer spring months return and revive them once again. Thankfully, Colorado is a winter wonderland, and comes alive during the winter season. While there is plenty of world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities here, there are also endless opportunities for winter fun that don’t include an expensive season pass to a large resort. Here are a few of our favorite winter adventures to add to your list.

Visit Ouray Hot Springs

Of Colorado’s two dozen hot springs, Ouray Hot Springs might be the most unique. Consisting of five man-made geothermically heated pools, Ouray Hot Springs offers plenty of ways to both relax and recreate. With an eight-lane workout pool and two additional playing pools, Ouray Hot Springs is the perfect place for swimming enthusiasts to enjoy the water year-round. 

Ouray Hot Springs is open weekdays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and on weekends from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Admission ranges from $14-$18 and is free for children under four and seniors 75 and older. Learn more, here.

Go Ice Fishing

Across the state, hearty anglers flock to Colorado’s frozen waters in droves in pursuit of salmon, trout, walleye, bluegill and more. One upside to ice fishing is that it generally requires less tackle and technique than traditional fishing, therefore, it can be enjoyed by both the novice and expert fisher alike. If you are interested in taking up ice fishing this winter season, be sure to check out these popular ice fishing destinations.

Learn more about ice fishing guidelines and safety tips, here.

Go Fat Biking in Crested Butte

Mountain biking’s winter counterpart, fat biking, is an incredible way to explore Colorado’s beautiful wilderness areas and work up a sweat while doing it. Crested Butte is home to some of the best fat biking opportunities in the state, with Crested Butte Nordic offering over ten kilometers of freshly groomed trails that are free to use. Don’t have your own bike? Fortunately, there are four places within biking distance from the trail that offer affordable bike rentals.

Go Snowshoeing

It’s no secret that Colorado is a hiker's paradise, but hiking is an activity that isn’t limited to the warmer months. For those wanting to get out on the trail and explore the snow capped mountains and endless aspen groves, snowshoeing is the way to go. You don’t have to look very hard to find your next snowshoeing adventure, either, with Rocky Mountain Park maintaining a network of trails spanning 355 miles. 

These are just a few of the countless reasons why Colorado’s winter season is so highly anticipated by both locals and tourists. Our apartment community at Piedmont offers luxury resort-style living that is convenient to whatever your next winter adventure may hold. To learn more about our leasing opportunities, please contact our team.

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