Coloradans don’t hole up indoors during the winter season when temperatures drop. Adults and children alike love having fun outdoors year-round, and we have a list of family-friendly outdoor winter activities and parks in Colorado, so you and your family can experience new adventures!
Family-Friendly Outdoor Winter Activities and Parks in Colorado
Adventure Ridge at Vail Mountain
Adventure Ridge at Vail Mountain is snow park the size of a football stadium and offers family-friendly activities such as the Forest Flyer™ Mountain Coaster, an alpine coaster that winds its way 3,400 feet down the mountain, a tubing hill, ski-biking, kids’ snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and the Nature Discovery Center, the region’s highest altitude nature center with fun exhibits that reveal the wonders of Vail’s wilderness.
Colorado Adventure Park
Colorado Adventure Park is a locally owned and operated tubing hill park, located just outside of Winter Park Resort. Colorado Adventure Park offers Single Tubing, Double Tubing and and Snow Scoots. The park features a variety of terrain from slow and easy to fast and wild to satisfy every craving for ages 3 and up.
Critterland at Copper Mountain
Critterland is a safe and fenced area where young children can enjoy rides such as the Ducktopus Tubing Carousel, where even the young kids get to enjoy the thrills of tubing, the Bearilla Snow Den, a play area that features a fun tunnel to crawl through and a play structure and more tubing and play structures to enjoy, such as the Critter Crooked House, and the Squeal Hill.
Evergreen Lake House
The Evergreen Lake House, part of the Evergreen Park & Recreation District, operates the world’s largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor ice rink, an 8.5-acre stretch of ice with 11 pond hockey rinks and a huge public skating rink.
Frisco Adventure Park
Frisco Adventure Park features multi-lane tubing hill, a beginner ski & ride hill, sleigh rides, and “Tumble Bubbles”, where kids and adults alike can tumble, bounce and smash other tumblers in giant (9ft) plastic human hamster balls, while rolling and sliding on the snow at the base of the tubing hill.
Keystone Kidtopia is a season-long festival at Keystone Resort that features daily family-friendly activities and events. Explore the world’s largest Snow Fort, dance to live music in the plaza, have fun with arts and crafts, go on a scavenger hunt, build your own snowman, and more.
Krabloonik offers Dog Sled Rides through the Snowmass backcountry for over an hour. Sleds are pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Husky sled dogs and are guided by an experienced musher. Krabloonik’s dogs are born and bred to run and they love the thrill of the run.
Very Important Kid (V.I.P) Snowmass
V.I.K.(Very Important Kid) Snowmass, located in Aspen Snowmass, offers a wide variety of daily programming for children during the winter months. Activities include Ski & Snowboard School, Sing-Along and S’mores, arts & crafts, magic shows and more.
Winter Adventure Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort
The Winter Adventure Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort features miniature golf, bungee trampolines that ride up to 30 feet in the air, and a 28-foot, 6-route tower climbing wall with an auto-belay.
Winter Activities at Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers many family-friendly winter activities such as the Winter Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, a 2,500 feet of coaster track ride around and above the ski runs and through the snowbanks and forest, the Breck Flyer Zipline, where you fly through the air and over the runs soaring over 50ft in the air, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, and more.
YMCA of the Rockies
YMCA of the Rockies, located in Estes Park, offers winter activities such as archery, ice skating, hiking, winter horseback riding, campfires, and more. During the first week of March, YMCA of the Rockies is hosts its annual Family Winter Mountaineering and Backcountry Weekend. The weekend includes activities such as Kid-lead hikes, fun snow activities, backcountry first aid, mountaineering skills., workshops and classes, and more.