Colorado—and the Denver area in
particular—is considered by many to be the
winter sports capital of the United States.
Prime ski resorts, such as Vail, Beaver
Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone,
Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin,
Breckenridge, Winter Park, Steamboat and
Aspen proliferate the area. There, visitors
can engage in such outdoor sporting
activities as snowmobiling, sledding,
snowboarding, ice skating, indoor or
outdoor swimming and, of course, skiing,
as well as enjoying hot-tubbing, game
rooms and local entertainment. Snowshoers
and cross-country skiers also can enjoy
extensive networks of trails that, depending
on the resort, are generally free.
Many ski resorts are no more than a two-hour
drive from the metro area. Many of the
resorts feature shuttles for people who do not
have the appropriate vehicle for traversing
snowy, wet roads. Another way to maximize
enjoyment of the resorts is to frequent the
slopes outside the busy season, which falls
between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
ADVENTURES & MORE
Fresh powder is within an hour’s drive from
Denver, making the region a skier’s delight.
Colorado is home to 26 ski areas, ranging
from small, two-run slopes to world famous
resorts like Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Vail
and Telluride. Other outdoor sports include
cross-country skiing, snowboarding,
snowshoeing and snowmobiling—not to
mention the many adventures to be had just
exploring the mountains.
From hunting to rock climbing, metro
Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains
offers visitors and residents an abundance
of outdoor recreational opportunities. For
those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding,
Colorado’s famed ski resorts are less than
two hours from Denver.
Water adventures in the area can be as
thrilling as white water rafting and river
running, or as relaxing as fishing or
sailing at one of the area’s breathtaking
lakes. Other activities include wind
surfing, swimming and water skiing.
A mild climate year-round presents many
occasions to enjoy the natural beauty of
the Colorado Rockies. A hot air balloon
ride through Colorado’s mountain range
provides a unique opportunity to see
dramatic views of the region. For a more
intimate look at nature, horseback riding
or hiking across area trails are popular
alternatives. Sightseeing tours on foot or
by Jeep or van can range from leisurely
excursions through popular tourist spots to
up-close views of the top of Pikes Peak
and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
SKI RESOURCES AND
Colorado Department of Transportation
Daily Ski Conditions/Reports
(Two-hour radius of Denver)
The Denver Parks and Recreation
Department, one of the nation’s largest park
systems, maintains more than 350 parks
and pathways throughout the metro area.
Interactive programs and educational
resources are the focus of 29 recreation
centers located within Denver parks, with
learning opportunities for every age group.
Denver is unique in that it also owns an
extensive mountain parks system. The city
owns 14,000 acres of mountain parks
and 2,500 acres of natural areas.
Denver’s mountain parks system has
extensive trails for hiking and biking, plus
picnic areas and other facilities open to
the public. The following are just some of
the area’s premier parks:
5800 S. Powhaton Road
More than 820 acres of water offer
great fishing, sailing, swimming and
other water activities. Gas-powered
watercraft is banned. A park pass is
required for park entry.
Bluff Lake Nature Center
7350 E. 29th Ave., Suite 300
Part of the former Stapleton
International Airport, Bluff Lake opened
to the public in 1997 as a 123-acre
wildlife refuge. Bluff Lake links parks
and habitat along the Sand Creek