Winter sometimes gets a skewed reputation when it comes to outdoor recreation (if you’re not a big fan of winter sports). But I am here to assure you that you can have just as much enjoyment outside in the winter as you can during all the other seasons! And personally, I love the calmness of walking through a fresh blanket of snow and thinking about how animals live through the colder temperatures- it gives me hope!
As the title of this blog suggests, there are many fun activities that involve snow and other forms of frozen water. Growing up in Michigan, my most favorite things to do in the winter were sledding and building a snow fort, which were always followed with several mugs of hot chocolate. Other snow creations include snowmen and snow angels, of course! Just make sure your coat hood is up and secured when you make a snow angel. Cold snow down your coat isn’t so heavenly. There are lots of opportunities for winter recreation in Colorado.
More Adventurous Ideas
For those feeling a bit more adventurous in your winter excursions, there are plenty of options for you too! Winter hiking is actually a blast, and with Colorado sunshine, you usually end up taking off a few layers during your trek. It’s fun to spot animal tracks and try to decipher what animal left them. Don’t forget to bring the pup- they usually love winter adventures in the snow. Ice fishing, exploring ice caves, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are some other winter favorites. And for those of you thinking about New Year’s resolutions, “Snowshoeing burns approximately 200-300 calories per half hour.”
Moral of the story- bundle up and go take advantage of this beautiful winter season! There’s lots to explore and venture to a national park for free on January 21 (Martin Luther King,Jr. Day) while you’re out there! During the Federal Government shutdown check the status of the park before you go. Please share with us your favorite winter activity in the comments.