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Winter Recreation

Our mountain trails become a winter wonderland with the first snowfall, offering ideal locations for snowshoeing, nordic skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.  

World-Class Skiing

For alpine skiing, the world-class Steamboat Springs and the historic Howelsen Hill (the oldest operating ski area in Colorado) are a short drive away.


Cross Country Skiing

For cross-country skiing, Dry Creek Park in Hayden has a 1-mile nordic track for both skate and classic skiers, as well as snowshoers. For a longer outing, Deepe Ranch—private land adjacent to town—offers more than 10 miles of groomed nordic trails (but please respect the land owners by staying on the trails). Additionally, Yampa River State Park has a nordic track and there are dozens of other options on Forest Service roads and other trails.



The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club maintains 100 miles of trails in the Bears Ears area of national forest lands. Trail elevations range from approximately 7,000 to over 10,000 feet with snow depths of 4 to 10 feet from late November through April. The area has a wide variety of terrain and scenic overlooks.


Dog Sledding

Dog sled rides are available in the Dunckley Pass region of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area through Snow Buddy Dog Sled Tours.