Winter Activities

Snowshoeing (Rentals Available)

Fort Collins offers great snowshoeing opportunities in and around town and this activity is a great way to enjoy some of the best hiking areas during the winter around Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forest, Horsetooth Reservoir and in the Poudre Canyon. Be sure to follow Leave No Trace Priciples when recreating on public lands and always check road and trail conditions before heading out on an adventure. 

Cross-Country Skiing (Rentals Available) 

Cross Country Skiing is a popular activity in Fort Collins and with multiple trail options ranging in difficulty, one can make a whole vacation experiencing all of them. 

  • City Park Nine Golf Course: Located in the center of Fort Collins, City Park Nine Golf Course offers beginner cross-country skiing. Directions: 411 S Bryan Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521 
  • Lory State Park: Located just west of Fort Collins, Lory State Park offers an abundant amount of trails with beautiful views and ranging difficulty levels. Trails are open year-round and are open to Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Cross Country Skiing. Directions: 708 Lodgepole Dr, Bellvue, CO ‎ 
  • Horsetooth Mountain Open Space: Located west of Fort Collins, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is one of Fort Collin’s greatest outdoor playgrounds and it is open year-round. Choose from multiple different trails ranging in difficulty level and enjoy the snowy vistas. Directions: 6550 W County Rd 38 E, Fort Collins, CO 80526
  • Meadows Trail to Zimmerman Lake: Offering two cross-country skiing trails to Zimmerman Lake, this excursion is considered difficult. Choose from a 1.5-mile steep trail or a 9 mile more demanding trail. The trail goes through Neota Wilderness area and gains an elevation of 1,970 ft. Directions: 56663 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512
  • Zimmerman Lake Loop Trail: This 3.1-mile trail in the Upper Poudre Canyon is a more difficult cross-country skiing trail but one of the most popular because it tends to have great late-season snow and offers some good downhill areas. Choose from multiple different trailheads and runs along the Never Summer Mountain Range. Directions: 56663 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512

Sledding (Check area restrictions before heading out) 

A great family activity during snowy days in Fort Collins is sledding. There are several amazing sledding hills around Fort Collins that can provide fun for all ages. 

Ice Skating (Requires experience and personal gear) 

Fort Collins brings you back to the time of tying up your laces and ice-skating on a lake. Enjoy natural ice-skating at City Park, where a safe skating area is designated during those extra chilly days. 

Ice Fishing (Requires experience and personal gear) 

During cold days in Fort Collins, it is a common sight to see ice-fishers atop the thick icecap over Sheldon Lake in City Park. Bundle up and reel em’ in during the winter in Fort Collins. 


*Dependent on snow levels in Fort Collins.

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