Colorado’s Best Winter Hikes Near Denver
Much of Colorado is winter wonderland from November to April, that’s why we are the best skiing destination in the world–well, we think so. I think we are also the best winter hiking destination in the world.
Criteria for Choosing These Winter Hikes Near Denver, Colorado
- These trails are generally easy to get to. Snow and weather can make the drive to the trailhead an adventure in and of itself, so I tried to identify hikes that were more accessible.
- Most of these hiking trails have areas where you are a bit more protected from the wind. I avoided hikes like the Flatirons Vista near Boulder where you’re exposed to the wind the entire time.
- Beginners and families should be able to hike these together. If you are concerned about the difficulty of a hike, go over to our contact page and send me some questions about the hike you’re going to take, or just ask for a recommendation.
Explore all of these Colorado winter hikes below. Before you do, I want to draw special attention to our three hikes that I think are the best in the winter.
Our Top Three Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado
1. Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park – You’re likely going to need snowshoes for this one. You’ll weave past three lakes to a jaw-dropping view of frozen Emerald Lake and Hallet Peak. The best place to rent snowshoes is at the Estes Park Mountain Shop.
2. Hikes in Roxborough State Park – The contrast of massive red rock formations against the soft, white snow makes winter hikes in Roxborough feel like a walk through a fantasy world. Check out the Willow Creek Trail and the Fountain Trails below. State Park fee required.
3. Mt. Falcon Castle and Tower Hike – This winter hike will give you views quite different from the other two: you’ll take in views of Colorado’s snow-flanked Front Range, and views of Denver stretched out below you. This might be a more difficult drive if the weather is bad, but I believe they keep the road plowed through the winter season.