When the snow covers the ground, many of the trails in Park County transform into ideal spots for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Featured Cross Country & Snowshoeing Spots
Elk Creek Falls Trail
11.2 mi Roundtrip | Intermediate
Staunton State Park
Elk Falls Pond is a serene setting, but don't stop here. Follow the Lion's Back Trail for another mile to the destination. You will be looking down into the Buffalo Creek/Hayman Fire/Lost Creek Wilderness Area. One of the best views you can get 45 minutes from Denver More Info >
Burning Bear Trail
5.6 mi Roundtrip | Easy
This pleasant 5.6 miles trail follows the Burning Bear Creek west from Geneva Creek and down the Burning Bear Creek as it drains west into the North Fork of the South Platte River in Hall Valley. Allow approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours to hike the entire trail. . More Info >
Kenosha Pass Trail
7 mi Roundtrip | Easy
The trail is well-marked and the snow is packed down by other snowshoers. Walk for as long as you like (the trail continues the length of the state) and view bare aspen groves, evergreens, and vast views of Park County. More Info >
Beaver Creek Trailhead
2 mi | Easy
If you’re looking for no crowds and somewhere to play outside in the mountains year around, this is it. Discover winter travel routes which incorporate parts of the Beaver Creek Road (659) with some travel through the forest. More Info >
21.5 Miles | Easy to Moderate
At the top of Boreas Pass, the ruins of the town of Boreas Station stand, showing the rich history of the area. Visitors will see Mt. Silverheels to the south. The top of Boreas Pass follows the same path as the Continental Divide. More Info >
LIMBER GROVE TRAIL
3.5 mi Roundtrip | Easy to Moderate
Limber Grove Trail runs between Horseshoe and Fourmile Campgrounds It is a 1.5 mile moderate hike that passes through a small grove of ancient Limber and Bristlecone pine trees. Watch for wildlife! More Info >
From the blog
Explore Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails near Denver
Ditch your downhills
Just you and a bluebird day, explore the snowy season away from crowds on the best trails in Park County.
While Colorado is known for its world class downhill skiing and snowboarding, there is a lot more to do each winter - if you know where to go! Park County, just an hour southwest of Denver, rescues your weekend away from I-70 traffic and crowds. Whether you’re an advanced hiker or simply looking to add an adventure to your weekend, Park County has the right trail for you. While close to home, these stunning snowshoe and cross country ski trails have a backcountry feel that allow you to soak up the serenity and beauty of winter exploring. After your hike, shed those layers and refuel at one of these local restaurants.
Burning bear trail
Frequently crossing over the Burning Bear Creek, experience scenic views right away on this out and back forested trail. Though you may be able to get through the first mile without snowshoes, as the trail climbs, expect deeper snow and backcountry feel.
Level up: For a strenuous cross country ski adventure, check out nearby Abyss Trail to Abyss Lake.
Distance: 7.5 Miles (Out and Back)
Closest City: Grant
Distance from Denver: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Parking: .2 Miles N of Trailhead (if coming from Grant) at Abyss Lake
Additional Notes: Beware of weekday road closures
Tie Hack Trail
This primitive route showcases spectacular views of South Park valley. Depending on snow levels, you may only need traction devices and boots. Chances of deep snow are highest in February. This trail transitions from wide county roads, to narrow and winding through Aspen forests.
Activity: Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing (depending on snow levels)
Distance: 5-6 miles (loop)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Closest City: Fairplay
Distance from Denver: 1 hr 45 minutes
Parking: Park just off the road behind the Tie Hack Trail sign on Park County Road 18.
Additional Notes: The face of the sign is parallel to the road, so you have to look to the right to see it.
Kenosha Pass Trailhead
Explore this beautiful section of the Colorado Trail that highlights sweeping views of the Mosquito Range. Known for its fall beauty, this hike in winter breaks free from the crowds, and immerses you in a winter wonderland. Even better, this trail is dog friendly, so bring your best friend along!