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Boulder’s Best Outdoor Activities for Fall and Winter 2017

There’s a reason that Boulder, Colorado won the title of Happiest City in the United States in 2017. With over 150 miles of hiking trails, easy access to Colorado’s breathtaking mountains, and 245 days of sunshine a year, what’s not to love? Despite winter bringing shorter days and colder weather, outdoor enthusiasts can find plenty of opportunities to play outside. Here are some of the best ways to stay active during fall and winter in Boulder.


Walking is one of the easiest outdoor activities to enjoy in fall and winter: all you need are some warm clothes and your own two feet. There are a plethora of paths and trails to explore. From the Mesa Trail at the foot of the Flatirons, to the serene Twin Lakes Trail in Gunbarrel, or the Boulder Creek Path meandering through downtown, it’s simple to take a scenic stroll in Boulder.


If you’re in the mood for more of a workout than walking can provide, hiking is a great option. With fewer people on the trails, fall and winter hikes can feel especially magical. Take a trek through Eldorado Canyon or climb the hill at Settler’s Park. Just be sure to wear the right shoes—when crossing snow and ice, quality footwear makes all the difference.


When hiking at higher elevations or right after it snows, snowshoeing is the way to go. You can test out your gear with a walk in the powder at North Boulder Park, a popular place for snowshoers and cross-country skiers alike. For a spectacular walk in a true winter wonderland, there are several recommended snowshoeing spots in Boulder County’s open space.

Ski & Snowboard

Which guide to winter activities anywhere in Colorado would be complete without skiing and snowboarding? If you’re lucky enough to live in Boulder with Eldora Mountain Resort only a short drive away, it’s easy to enjoy these popular pastimes. Eldora’s 600 acres of terrain offer fun and excitement for folks of all ages and skill levels, from bunny hill beginners to black diamond daredevils.

Ice Skate

For some good old-fashioned fun, look no further than the plaza next to Boulder’s Dushanbe Teahouse, where Boulder Creek Events presents WinterSkate. This outdoor ice rink is a Boulder tradition going back almost 20 years. The best part is, you don’t even have to bring your own skates: they’re included in the price of admission.

Go Sledding

Perhaps sledding isn’t what comes to mind when you think of exercise, but after dragging a sled up a steep, snowy hill a few times, you may feel differently. Boulder is home to several premier sledding spots, such as Scott Carpenter Park and Tantra Park. Bring the kids, or just bring out your inner child—it’s an excellent way to enjoy a fresh snowfall, no matter your age.

Fight the winter blues by staying active this season with a snowshoe adventure or a day at the park. Whatever the weather, there’s always joy to be found in Boulder’s beautiful outdoors.

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