Colorado Guided Exploration Adventures and Experiential Education Winter Activities
Winter is coming to Colorado and Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is ready to help your explore our hidden gems and share our years of backcountry decision making and knowledge with you! We have our skis and boards tuned, our snowshoes sharpened, our avalanche beacons charged and we’re looking at the forecast with excited eyes. It’s also the best time to be out and doing, with fewer crowds, a changed landscape, cooler temperatures, and a lot to be excited about in the coming months. In winter, the state takes on a whole different character, from the dazzling holiday lights of Pearl Street to the wintery high alpine of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s one of our favorite seasons. Here’s a guide to some of our favorite winter activities in Colorado.
Ski Touring – Exploring Colorado’s Backcountry
If there’s anything that Colorado is famed for, it’s the wild backcountry. From some of the steepest mountains west of the Mississippi to the most classic ski routes, Colorado’s backcountry ski culture is among the worlds best. From Rocky Mountain National Park to the famed Wildernesses, our ski tours take you to the best of Colorado’s backcountry, with classic lines across the state. The Colorado backcountry is perfect from the introductory skier who is travelling out of the resort for the first time, to some of the most cutting edge descents in the west. Winter through spring is the best time to be out, and as conditions change, more options open up, and we’re able to travel higher and farther than before. Check out some of our favorite backcountry ski tours here!
We have single day, multiday tours, and ski / board descents and options for your company or organization. Click here for ski tours.
Snowshoeing – Winter’s Version of Hiking In The Snow
For those who are looking for something more mellow than skiing, snowshoeing allows hikers to get deep into the backcountry, onto Colorado’s famed summits, and to areas that most hikers can’t access in the winter. Whether easy trails for first timers, to the top of Colorado’s 14ers, snowshoeing allows access to flat trails to shimmering frozen lakes and waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park or the Indian Peaks Wildernesses, or long uphill trails to the top of the famed peaks across the state. Rocky Mountain National Park takes on a different character in the winter, with long snowy trails, wildlife such as deer, elk, moose, and coyotes, and some of Boulder’s iconic lakes, waterfalls, and peaks. Click here for snowshoe tours.
Sightseeing – Learning About Colorado’s Natural History
Sightseeing allows you to see the best of Colorado’s wintery landscapes in the comfort of heated air-conditioned vans, and with less crowds, it’s the best time to be exploring the best of Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides offers half and full day sightseeing tours on some of Colorado’s most iconic roadways. In Boulder we’ll explore the top of Flagstaff Road and get to overlook the city of Boulder, the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park, and our full day tours will take us to the heart of the National Park wilderness where we’ll get to see big mountain scenery, wildlife, and one of a kind landscapes. Check out some of our sightseeing tours here!
AIARE Avalanche Courses – Decision Making in The Backcountry
The winter in Colorado can be beautiful, and it can also be treacherous and terrifying. In order to be safe, and to know the terrain and the hazards, Colorado Wilderness Rides and guides is a provider of AIARE Level I, Level II, and Avalanche Rescue courses. AIARE also know as the American Institute of Avalanche Research And Education is a not profit that is dedicated to providing avalanche curriculum to avalanche teaching professionals. With nine Level I courses in Boulder, Loveland, and Broomfield, one Level II course, and two avalanche rescue courses, Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides has all levels of education covered for the recreational backcountry user. New in 2018, Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is also hosting two-hour Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Courses in partnership with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
See our list of AIARE I and Avalanche Awareness courses here: Register today. Bring a friend and save $25.
AIARE level I avalanche courses
- November 29 – December 2 2018 – Boulder / RMNP
- December 5, 6, 8, 9 2018 – Boulder / RMNP
- December 12, 13, 15, 16 2018 – Boulder / RMNP
- December 12, 13, 15, 16 2018 – Loveland / RMNP
- January 9, 10, 12, 13 2019 – Boulder / RMNP
- January 23, 24, 26, 27 2019 – Boulder / RMNP
- February 6, 7, 9, 10 2019 – Boulder / RMNP
- February 20, 21, 23, 24 2019 – Boulder / RMNP
- March 6, 7, 9, 10 2019 – Broomfield / RMNP
- Level 1 Courses are two evening lectures (6 pm – 10 pm) Wednesday and Thursday nights and then all day Saturday and Sunday in the field.). Courses are designed so one does not need to miss work or take PTO and still able to attend.
AIARE level II avalanche course
- March 8-10 2019
Avalanche rescue courses
- January 25, 2019
- March 7, 2019
Avalanche awareness Course – Free two-hour course
- Thursday October 18th, 2018 – Rab Denver
- Thursday October 25th 2018 – Moosejaw Boulder
- Tuesday November 13th, 2018 – Jax Broomfield
Winter Fly Fishing on the Upper Colorado River – Explore The River With Fewer Crowds
The Upper Colorado River is one of the few rivers in Colorado that stay consistent all year round with some of the best fly fishing in Colorado. The winter is a time that few dare head up on the river, but once the crowds disperse, that’s when it’s a great time to be out exploring the river. With lower water and less crowds we’ll have more access to areas that are usually blown out in the early spring and summer, and we have more options in where we want to fish as we go looking for trout species that are native only to Colorado. When we talk about secluded Colorado fly-fishing, this is some of the best. Check our our winter fly fishing trips.
Front Range Winter Guided Hikes – Discover Secluded Boulder Trails
There are few places in the world that have as intricate a trail system as Boulder, Colorado. With dozens of hiking trails leading to the Boulder peaks, they take us to places such as magnificent sandstone formations, arches, cliffs, summits, and overreaching views of Boulder and Denver. Some of our favorite trails include places like Mt. Sanitas and Green Mountain, two of the most prime summits in Boulder, or Royal Arch, with it’s gorgeous views of the eastern plains and Denver. With fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, it’s a great time to be out all day. Join on our custom winter guided hikes.
Winter Survival Education – Do You Know How to Survive In Winter
Are you ready for winter? Do you know what to do if you’re caught in the cold? Would you know how to survive? Our custom scenario-based winter survival courses will teach you the essential skills to keep you alive in harsh environments. From finding shelter to finding warmth, navigation, and weather forecasting, we’ll give you the essential skills to stay safe, no matter if you’re a veteran skier, snowshoer, or new to backcountry travel. Our guides bring focused knowledge from years of experience in the most difficult environments around the world. We’ll find out what you want to know and build a program around there. Come experience some of the training that was used in the movie ‘A Quiet Place’. Create a custom wilderness survival based on your personal needs. If you’re so impressed by Colorado that you’re considering moving here, take a look at jimgarciahomes.com.