Many Colorado Trails are Perfect for Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is affordable, fun, and a great workout too! As long as there is good snow coverage, you can snowshoe almost anywhere. It's true that the best snowshoeing trail is the one you've got completely to yourself. But in the spirit of sharing what we love, here are some trails to explore in the Pikes Peak region after that next great snowstorm.
Mueller State Park (Pocket Pals Trail Map #8)
(U.S. Highway 24 west to Divide; Colorado 67 south to Mueller)
Mueller's trails are perfect for snowshoers, especially in the north part of the park. Stop and pick up a Pocket Pals Trail Map of this park's trails or a list of the best winter trails at the visitor center.
Horsethief Park (Pocket Pals Trail Map #7)
(Same as Mueller; continue on to parking next to old tunnel)
This trail is easily accessible even after a snowstorm. It initially heads uphill for about .75 miles, then crosses into a sunny, broad meadow that's a true winter wonderland for snowshoers.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
(U.S. Highway 24 west to Florissant; left on Teller County 1 to the Monument)
When this place gets snow, it's an idyllic snowshoe playground. Most winters there is deep powder covering the trails that wind pleasantly up, down and along the hillsides.
The Crags (Pocket Pals Trail Map #7)
(Same as Mueller; but continue past Mueller to a sign on your left going to the Crags campground)
The road to the Crags can be impassable in the winter, so if it is you can always go back to Mueller State Park which is super close by. But if the road is open, this place is a snowshoer's paradise.
Rampart Reservoir loop trail and Rainbow Gulch (Pocket Pals Trail Map #11)
(U.S. Highway 24 west to Woodland Park; right at McDonald's; right on Loy Creek Road where road forks and then take a right onto Rampart Range Road, when the pavement ends watch for Rainbow Gulch trailhead on your left.)
The Rainbow Gulch Trail is a go-to destination for a good, old-fashioned workout. Rainbow Gulch is an old road that leads from Rampart to the reservoir shoreline. Once there, pick up the trail that follows the shore all the way around the water. Deep snow and a symphony of booms and cracks played by the ice make this a memorable destination.
Snowshoe Classes and Events
Are you a little hesitant about trying snowshoeing for the first time? Then you may want to try out a class or an event where professionals are there to offer support and guidance. Click here for a list of snowshoeing classes & events near Colorado Springs, CO (Sponsored by REI)
Don't want to purchase snowshoes until you know that you enjoy the sport. There are numerous places around town that will rent you snowshoes. Our favorite is Pikes Peak Outfitters.