3 Offbeat Winter Destinations in Colorado
Submitted by alison on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:40pm
When planning a winter Colorado vacation, many travelers immediately think of Breckenridge or Vail for skiing. Urban adventurers head to Fort Collins or Denver. But what if you’re looking for something a little bit different? Escape the crowds and take your trip to Colorado in a new direction with these three offbeat destinations. You'll get a taste of Colorado in the winter while enjoying an experience that is totally unique. Plus, you won't have to sacrifice time on the hill - all three of these locations are close to world class skiing and riding.
Located just half an hour north of the New Mexico border, Pagosa Springs is the hidden gem of southern Colorado. Explore miles of snowshoe trails from the Wolf Creek Pass yurt; fly down the local tubing hill; or try out your ice fishing skills on a local lake. After a day of exploring the stunning San Juan Mountains you’ll be ready to head to the nearby hot springs to warm up again. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of Wolf Creek’s unrivaled snowfall just 30 minutes from downtown.
Fly into Durango, 1 hour west of Pagosa Springs. There is also a private airfield close to town.
Nestled in the Rockies of central Colorado, Salida offers a variety of winter experiences. You’ll be close to numerous outdoor activities from cross country skiing to horseback riding, and downtown Salida is known for its thriving arts community. Monarch Mountain is just 25 minutes away if you want to get some powder turns in. And when the snow starts falling, you’ll be glad you’re close to local hot springs.
Colorado Springs and Pueblo both have airports and are located a two hour drive from Salida. Buena Vista, 30 minutes north, has a private airport.
Tucked into the hills west of Steamboat Springs, Craig offers seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Surrounded by Browns Park Wildlife Refuge, Dinosaur National Monument, and a couple of reservoirs, you’ll have numerous opportunities for watching local wildlife, going for a snowshoe trek or snowmobiling excursion. Want to get some skiing in? Steamboat is just 45 minutes away.
Steamboat’s Yampa Valley Regional Airport is 25 minutes away.