Amazing things to do in Colorado Winter!

Dan & Cathee
Dan & Cathee
Amazing things to do in Colorado Winter!

Ski resorts

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, known locally as A Basin, is among the closest ski areas to Denver and one of the most diverse. There are a good mix of groomers, moguls, steeps and bowl skiing. Situated in Summit County nearest Keystone, it’s smaller than neighboring resorts Keystone and Breckenridge, but it delivers a longer season and some of the most challenging terrain in the county. Early and late season, A Basin can’t be beat. A Basin is a great ski mountain located just a little over an hour from our location. Easy access, multiple levels of ski runs and a local favorite!
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, known locally as A Basin, is among the closest ski areas to Denver and one of the most diverse. There are a good mix of groomers, moguls, steeps and bowl skiing. Situated in Summit County nearest Keystone, it’s smaller than neighboring resorts Keystone and Breckenridge, but it delivers a longer season and some of the most challenging terrain in the county. Early and late season, A Basin can’t be beat. A Basin is a great ski mountain located just a little over an hour from our location. Easy access, multiple levels of ski runs and a local favorite!
What sets Breck apart from the rest is the historic mining town of Breckenridge. It’s easily one of the nicest ski towns in Colorado. The ski slopes wind into the heart of downtown, which is packed with colorful shops and restaurants. One of the best places you will ever visit even if you don't ski! About an 1hr and a half from our location. Great ski mountain! Very charming and cool downtown area. The best of Colorado.
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Breckenridge Ski Resort
1599 Ski Hill Road
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What sets Breck apart from the rest is the historic mining town of Breckenridge. It’s easily one of the nicest ski towns in Colorado. The ski slopes wind into the heart of downtown, which is packed with colorful shops and restaurants. One of the best places you will ever visit even if you don't ski! About an 1hr and a half from our location. Great ski mountain! Very charming and cool downtown area. The best of Colorado.
Copper Mountain is always worth the trip. It’s a big mountain with a lot of different terrain options: groomers, steeps, bowls, trees. Copper offers a big mountain experience within an hour and a half drive from Denver. Close to Breckenridge and Keystone. Copper is old school skiing and one of our favorites.
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Copper Mountain
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Copper Mountain is always worth the trip. It’s a big mountain with a lot of different terrain options: groomers, steeps, bowls, trees. Copper offers a big mountain experience within an hour and a half drive from Denver. Close to Breckenridge and Keystone. Copper is old school skiing and one of our favorites.
Keystone Ski Resort is a big Summit County resort, and one of the closest to Denver, at an hour and 15 minutes. Neighbor resort Breckenridge often overshadows Keystone in popularity, despite Keystone having more skiable terrain. Keystone also has the largest night skiing in Colorado, available on most weekends and holidays, so don’t worry about sleeping in! Aside from hitting the ski slopes, Keystone offers lots of other great winter attractions, like cross country skiing or a horse-drawn stagecoach.
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Keystone
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Keystone Ski Resort is a big Summit County resort, and one of the closest to Denver, at an hour and 15 minutes. Neighbor resort Breckenridge often overshadows Keystone in popularity, despite Keystone having more skiable terrain. Keystone also has the largest night skiing in Colorado, available on most weekends and holidays, so don’t worry about sleeping in! Aside from hitting the ski slopes, Keystone offers lots of other great winter attractions, like cross country skiing or a horse-drawn stagecoach.
Colorado’s closest ski resort to Denver, Echo Mountain Park is located in between Idaho Springs and Evergreen. It offers a convenient mountain and schedule for those along the Front Range. It’s a prime mountain for night skiing too near the capital city, and those looking to ski shorter, more unorthodox hours. It’s also perfect for freestylers and those looking to perfect their race craft. Beginner just learning their sport too will find a suitable home here.
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Echo Mountain
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Colorado’s closest ski resort to Denver, Echo Mountain Park is located in between Idaho Springs and Evergreen. It offers a convenient mountain and schedule for those along the Front Range. It’s a prime mountain for night skiing too near the capital city, and those looking to ski shorter, more unorthodox hours. It’s also perfect for freestylers and those looking to perfect their race craft. Beginner just learning their sport too will find a suitable home here.
Winter Park is made up of two interconnected resorts: Winter Park and Mary Jane. Both offer incredible skiing and snowboarding and nearby access to the friendly, western towns of Winter Park and Fraser. Combined, Winter Park and Mary Jane, offer more than 3,000 skiable acres and 166 desiginated trails. All together Winter Park Ski Resort is made up of five interconnected mountains: Winter Park, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Cirque and Vasquez Ridge
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Winter Park Resort
85 Parsenn Road
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Winter Park is made up of two interconnected resorts: Winter Park and Mary Jane. Both offer incredible skiing and snowboarding and nearby access to the friendly, western towns of Winter Park and Fraser. Combined, Winter Park and Mary Jane, offer more than 3,000 skiable acres and 166 desiginated trails. All together Winter Park Ski Resort is made up of five interconnected mountains: Winter Park, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Cirque and Vasquez Ridge
Vail is the largest ski resort in Colorado, with over 5,000 skiable acres. Travelers from all over come to Colorado to ski Vail’s world-class slopes and back bowls. Whatever you’re looking for terrain-wise, Vail’s got it. It’s by far the largest resort in the state with more than 5,000 skiable acres. 31 lifts serve 193 trails. Vail is known for delivering a top-notch ski experience. All levels of riders will find terrain they love.
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Vail Ski Resort
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Vail is the largest ski resort in Colorado, with over 5,000 skiable acres. Travelers from all over come to Colorado to ski Vail’s world-class slopes and back bowls. Whatever you’re looking for terrain-wise, Vail’s got it. It’s by far the largest resort in the state with more than 5,000 skiable acres. 31 lifts serve 193 trails. Vail is known for delivering a top-notch ski experience. All levels of riders will find terrain they love.

Must do!

These are places that are must do / see in our opinion. Fun, unique, cool and worth it!
The pure mineral water flows from our springs at 125 degrees and runs directly into our pool and baths. Indian Hot Springs is located only 30 miles west of Denver - come stay, soak and relax with a therapeutic massage. Priavte pools, caves, massage and more. Only 20 minutes from our location. Idaho Springs is also a great town to have a bite, visit a brewery and have a great day trip!
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Indian Hot Springs
302 Soda Creek Road
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The pure mineral water flows from our springs at 125 degrees and runs directly into our pool and baths. Indian Hot Springs is located only 30 miles west of Denver - come stay, soak and relax with a therapeutic massage. Priavte pools, caves, massage and more. Only 20 minutes from our location. Idaho Springs is also a great town to have a bite, visit a brewery and have a great day trip!
Great place for photos, biking, hiking and taking in the breathtaking views. A quick 12 minute car ride and you are deep in the wilderness. Stop for a picnic, special occasion photo op or just to be one with nature
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Lookout Mountain Park
987 Lookout Mountain Road
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Great place for photos, biking, hiking and taking in the breathtaking views. A quick 12 minute car ride and you are deep in the wilderness. Stop for a picnic, special occasion photo op or just to be one with nature
Opened in 1974, it’s considered one of the country’s top ten roadside attractions, located on the famous Colfax Avenue. Even the building is magnificent, with its pink tower stretching 85 feet tall. The dome is 22-karat gold leaf and showcases a Quahuatomec statue, Aztec’s last emperor. The exterior fountain was sent in pieces from Mexico. Inside your attention will be immediately drawn to the waterfall. It imitates the cliffs of Acapulco, 30 feet high and the pool below is 14 feet deep. In total there are over 30 attractions, large banquet areas and private dining spaces. Reccently Casa Bonita was set to close due to the Covid Pandemic and cost of staying open. Luckily the creators of South Park have signed on the keep the doors open to this truly unique place. Hopefully early next year they will be up and running again!
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Casa Bonita
6715 West Colfax Avenue
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Opened in 1974, it’s considered one of the country’s top ten roadside attractions, located on the famous Colfax Avenue. Even the building is magnificent, with its pink tower stretching 85 feet tall. The dome is 22-karat gold leaf and showcases a Quahuatomec statue, Aztec’s last emperor. The exterior fountain was sent in pieces from Mexico. Inside your attention will be immediately drawn to the waterfall. It imitates the cliffs of Acapulco, 30 feet high and the pool below is 14 feet deep. In total there are over 30 attractions, large banquet areas and private dining spaces. Reccently Casa Bonita was set to close due to the Covid Pandemic and cost of staying open. Luckily the creators of South Park have signed on the keep the doors open to this truly unique place. Hopefully early next year they will be up and running again!

Outdoor experiences

Super fun place to get away for an afternoon. Ice skating on the lake. Plenty of places to get a coffee, cocktail or lunch too!
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Evergreen Lake
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Super fun place to get away for an afternoon. Ice skating on the lake. Plenty of places to get a coffee, cocktail or lunch too!
Fun local outdoor skating rink in an outdoor mall with tons of shops, restuarants and bars
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Belmar
464 South Teller Street
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Fun local outdoor skating rink in an outdoor mall with tons of shops, restuarants and bars
The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families.
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Denver Botanic Gardens: Helen Fowler Library
1007 York Street
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The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families.
Just west of Boulder, snowshoeing fanatics find nirvana in Nederland. Consider the Arapaho Glacier Trail if you’re ready for a challenge and the trail to Lost Lake for anyone looking for a manageable elevation shift with a stunning mountain lake at the pinnacle of your route.
Arapaho Glacier Trail
Just west of Boulder, snowshoeing fanatics find nirvana in Nederland. Consider the Arapaho Glacier Trail if you’re ready for a challenge and the trail to Lost Lake for anyone looking for a manageable elevation shift with a stunning mountain lake at the pinnacle of your route.
Explore Colorado Springs' paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker theater experience, shown every 20 minutes. Delight in one of Colorado's most photographed views while eating in our glass-enclosed café or from our terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Where else can you eat inside a postcard?
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Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
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Explore Colorado Springs' paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker theater experience, shown every 20 minutes. Delight in one of Colorado's most photographed views while eating in our glass-enclosed café or from our terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Where else can you eat inside a postcard?

Gaming, food & fun!

See if Lady Luck is on your side at a few of the 26 casinos in the area, offering limited-stakes blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. • Stay at Black Hawk's Ameristar Casino Resort, which boasts luxurious rooms and suites with Rocky Mountain views, a full-service day spa, a rooftop pool open year-round, four restaurants and an exquisitely appointed casino with slots, video poker and table games. Settle into a casino bar with a Colorado microbrew and check out the local music scene. Several of the properties host live music on Fridays and Saturdays that often feature bands from along the Front Range. 20 minutes from our location!
Black Hawk, Colorado
See if Lady Luck is on your side at a few of the 26 casinos in the area, offering limited-stakes blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. • Stay at Black Hawk's Ameristar Casino Resort, which boasts luxurious rooms and suites with Rocky Mountain views, a full-service day spa, a rooftop pool open year-round, four restaurants and an exquisitely appointed casino with slots, video poker and table games. Settle into a casino bar with a Colorado microbrew and check out the local music scene. Several of the properties host live music on Fridays and Saturdays that often feature bands from along the Front Range. 20 minutes from our location!