Top 5 Things to Do in Colorado Winter
by Becca Stewart
Colorado winters create a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Even during the coldest months, you’re sure to enjoy plenty of sunshine. Whether you’re a Colorado native or a visitor who’s just passing through, we are here to help you discover the best winter activities in Colorado.
However, dryer air sometimes means brutally cold temperatures. It’s vital you have the right gear: winter jackets, gloves, hats and eye protection, and warm, water-resistant pants. Heated jackets and heated gloves will keep you toasty warm even on the most frigid days skiing and snowboarding in Colorado’s high country.
Sunscreen is also essential. Colorado sees up to 300 days of sunshine each year. The sun’s rays are more intense at altitude, and many unassuming skiers have gone home with severe sunburns. Protect your skin and reapply sunscreen regularly.
Each of these parks features beautiful scenery and miles of trails. Some even offer wintertime camping, which typically isn’t a popular pastime in the winter and spring. If you can brave the cold Colorado nights, you’ll enjoy a largely empty campground and some much-needed peace and quiet.
Maybe you’re not a fan of skiing in Colorado. Perhaps going downhill isn’t your thing; you’d prefer to go up. Straight up, in fact. Hundreds of feet up a frozen cliffside. You’re in luck: Colorado features some of the best ice climbing in the nation. The imposing San Juan mountains tower over southwest Colorado, providing outdoor adrenaline seekers ample opportunities to conquer new challenges.
The biggest challenge? Trying to stay warm next to all that ice. You’ll need the right gear – from winter clothing to professional-grade climbing gear – so be sure to check with an expert or ice climbing tour company who can point you in the right direction.
Ready to get started? Throw on your cold-weather gear and go enjoy the very best winter activities in Colorado.
Becca is a freelance writer, Colorado native, and outdoor enthusiast. You can learn more about her at writebecca.com.
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