Baby, it's cold outside — but that's no reason to stay inside. All good Coloradans have a stockpile of winter hiking gear that will keep them warm in the great outdoors, and those stunning snowcapped views are always worth the trek, no matter the temperature. Here are our ten favorite winter hikes in Colorado.
10. Lily Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park
This hiking trail is great for beginners — flat and under a mile round-trip. Rocky Mountain National Park acquired the Lily Lake area two dozen years ago and constructed the trail with help from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. The trail is hard-packed gravel and handicap-accessible.
9. Staunton State Park
12102 South Elk Creek Road, Pine
Located just forty minutes up 285, Staunton State Park is relatively close to the city. It's Colorado's newest state park, with plenty of territory to explore on a winter hike. Despite its proximity to Denver, the park is as quiet and peaceful as it is cold. Be prepared with snow boots and plenty of layers. 8. Saint Mary's Glacier
7599 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs
This winter hiking spot in Arapaho National Forest
is both well known and well worth the trek. People will often bring snowboarding gear, hike up the glacier, and then board down the glacial front. When it's snowy or icy, make sure you have shoes with good traction. Otherwise, this is an easy hiking trail.
7. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
30299 Buffalo Park Road, Evergreen
A beautiful trail full of snowshoers, dog walkers, runners and hikers, Three Sisters is easily accessible in the winter — and beautiful, especially when there's a new layer of snow. Make sure you walk around the rock structure to find the secret caves in back.
6. Roxborough Park
4751 North Roxborough Drive, Littleton
is the closest cool winter hike, but also one of the best. The park is just south of C-470 in the foothills, with stunning geological formations along the hiking trails. There's a fee to enter, but it's worth it.
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