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    Snowy Flatirons

    Outdoor Winter Adventure Awaits in Boulder 

    Who says winter is about indoor endeavors? Boulder's beautiful landscape and sunny disposition will lure you outside in every season. So come play in the snow-dusted foothills of the Rocky Mountains and get the fresh air your lungs are craving.

    Go for a Hike or Nature Walk

    Boulder's trails are even more magical in winter. There is a stillness that comes over the landscape and fewer hikers to interrupt your thoughts. You don't need any special gear — just some boots with traction and warm layers (which you may end up peeling off under the warm Colorado sun). Here are 5 winter hikes to try out. For a gentle nature walk, try Wonderland Lake or Sawhill Ponds.

    Chautauqua Winter Hiking Flatirons

    Go Fat Biking

    The giant, cushy, nubby tires on fat bikes make it possible to ride in just about any weather. Rent yours from Pedego or University Bicycles, or go on a half-day or full-day fat bike tour with Front Range Ride Guides

    Fat Bike SnowiStockphoto/Huseyin Bostanci

    Ski at a Colorado Gem

    Colorado is home to 28 ski areas and 11 of the smaller areas are known as the Colorado Gems. Have you skied them all? Eldora Mountain Resort is one of Colorado’s gems and gets to the heart of what skiing is all about — discovery, camaraderie, going up and coming down.

    Group Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort

    Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski

    There’s nothing like traipsing through a quiet, snow-blanked landscape on snowshoes or cross-country skis to revive your senses in the dull of winter. Check out the stellar Nordic trails at Eldora Mountain Resort, ski right in Boulder at North Boulder Park, or head for the backcountry in Eldorado Canyon State Park (20 minutes away) or Indian Peaks Wilderness (an hour away). Here's where to rent gear.


    Go Sledding

    After a good snowfall in Boulder, you'll be hard-pressed to find any kids who want to stay inside. Stop by McGuckin Hardware for a snow tube, and head to the nearest sledding hill for some good, old-fashioned fun. 

    Scott Carpenter Park Sledding Boulder

    Go Ice Skating

    A new rink opens this winter at the historic Colorado Chautauqua for their WinterFest, December 13-15, 2019, and will remain open until January 31, 2020. We can't think of a more picturesque spot to skate than at the base of the Flatirons surrounded by historic cottages.

    Snowy Ranger Cottage Chautauqua