Even though the temps are cold and indoor activities might seem more appealing to some, there's plenty to keep you enjoying the great outdoors through the winter!
Here are great ideas for how to get outside and explore our beautiful state of Colorado or your backyard:
Around the Front Range
- Get your thrills on with snow tubing at Copper Mountain, opens a new window.
- Find your own sledding hill or check out one of these public hills, opens a new window.
- Snow may be on the ground but Denver Botanic Gardens, opens a new window is still open for you to enjoy.
- The Christkindl Market, opens a new window in Civic Center Park will put you in a wintery and festive spirit.
- Take in the mountain beauty while you ice skate on Evergreen Lake., opens a new window
- Explore a winter carnival or an ice festival, opens a new window in Colorado.
- Take a guided or self-guided snowshoe, opens a new window tour in Breckenridge.
- Book a sleigh ride, opens a new window at Dashing Thru the Snow in Fraser.
- Relax in giant pool of hot water at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, opens a new window in Glenwood Springs.
- Maybe you've been to the Denver Zoo, opens a new window, but have you discovered the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, opens a new window in Colorado Springs? Either way, there are many animals waiting to greet you!
Close to Home
- Go on a winter walk or hike.
- Gather snow from outside and make your very own snow ice cream, opens a new window!
- Bring your toys outside and make a snow construction site or a house for your action figures/dolls.
- Make snow monsters instead of snowmen!
- Paint the snow: fill squirt bottles with water and two or three drops of liquid gel food coloring (the concentrated dye makes for extra-vibrant colors), then shake them up. Adjust the nozzle flow to spray narrower for lines or wider for a mist.
- Create a winter scavenger hunt: hide objects in the snow and take turns finding them.
- Play Tic-Tac-Snow: use criss-crossed sticks and pinecones as game pieces.
- Feed the birds by making a bird feeder, opens a new window out of a toilet paper tube and peanut butter.
- Take a nature walk and see what you can find, opens a new window peeking out of the snow—animal tracks, flowers, sticks, rocks, etc.
Check out this list of books for outside inspiration.
Go outside, feel the sun on your face, play in the snow, and have some fun!