Posted on January 16 2017
The snow has arrived in a big way and all we can think about is some outdoor fun! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite spots to bundle up and head to for a day of winter fun.
- Ruby Hill (my personal favorite)
1200 West Florida Ave
This spot is pretty steep but wide open so it's great for all ages and usually not too crazy. It also boasts some beautiful city views from the top. There's even a mini snowboard park at no cost!
- Wallace Park - DTC
8501 E Belleview Ave
Running along the Goldsmith Gulch, this is a perfect spot for sledding for those who live near DTC. It's not huge but it's plenty for the little ones.
- Ken Caryl Sledding Hill - Littleton
South Kipling Parkway & West Ken Caryl Ave
Located in Southwest Littleton, this has long been boasted as a favorite among south siders. It has some great mountain views with plenty of space for all.
- Meadowood Rec Center - Aurora
3054 South Laredo St
There are 2 big hills here - one is great sledding for the big kids and the other for the smaller ones. Just an FYI, there is a creek nearby so heads up.
- Barnum Water Park - Athmar Park
360 Hooker St
The water park part might be closed but it's still good for sledding. There are a few hills here that are just perfect!
- Central Park - Stapleton
This 80 acre park has some hills that are just calling to be tubed on. If this is your side of town, it's worth making the stop!
- Ice Rink & Dutch Henry Hill - Leadville
505 Harrison Ave
Ok, this one is actually pretty far from Denver, like 2 hours, but talk about an awesome day trip. The ice rink has a warming hut, snack bar and skate rentals. The sledding is where is gets serious, definitely not for the faint of heart. This is known as one of the fastest hills in Colorado. Tubes are recommended and if you don't own one, don't worry, they rent them there.
2. Ice Skating
- Skyline Park - Downtown
The perfect place for some outdoor city ice skating. They have hot chocolate on site, the skating is free, and skate rentals are only $2. What more could you ask for?!
- The Streets of Southglenn - Centennial
6991 S Vine St
A favorite for south side families. It's $7/hr per person and $3 per skate rental. A little pricier than the 16th street option but you can avoid the downtown mayhem.
- Belmar - Lakewood
Plaza at Belmar
$6 adult, $4 child, $3 skate rental.
- Flatiron Crossing - Broomfield
Cost: $5 adult, $4 ages 4-12, $3 seniors, 3 and under FREE, $3 skate rental.
- Evergreen Lake - Evergreen
With 8 acres of maintained ice, there's room for everyone. The scenery can't be beat in this little mountain town. Insider tip - head to Evergreen Lake House to warm up afterwards with some cocoa or for adults, walk to Willow Creek Restaurant for one of their famous gingerbread cookie martinis.
3. Dog Sledding
You can do this at basically any resort mountain town but our favorite, and most cost effective, is in Winter Park. The YMCA of the Rockies offers dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch. For $50 per person (or $30 for on site guests) you can get a day pass that includes a dog sled ride, a movie, craft, outdoor fire and hot cocoa for purchase.
Our favorite spot? Rocky Mountain National Park. Less than 2 hours from Denver you can purchase a day pass to the park for $20. Pack a lunch and some cocoa and enjoy the wildlife. Need inspiration? Check out some of their recommended snowshoe hikes.