Our Favorite Colorado Snowshoeing In the Front Range
The Front Range features some of Colorado’s most spectacular snowshoe trails. From the majestic Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness just north of Boulder, to the iconic mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, snowshoeing in the Front Range is a whole new way to see some of Colorado’s best trails. With everything from sparkling icy lakes and frozen waterfalls to the dazzling summits of some of Colorado’s most well-known peaks.
Snowshoeing Rocky Mountain National Park
As one of America’s most beloved National Parks, Rocky Mountain is Colorado’s iconic country. From the soaring Longs Peak, to shimmering alpine lakes, majestic waterfalls, and a bevy of wildlife including elk, deer, bear, moose, and coyotes, Rocky Mountain National Park in winter takes on a whole other character. We’ll set out on any number of trails that’ll take you to the parks hidden winter secrets. Frozen waterfalls and lakes, secluded summits, and some of the best wildlife watching of the year. We love Rocky Mountain National Park for it’s diverse landscapes, scenery, wildlife, and challenging trails, but only an hour from Denver, it’s easily accessible and offers a wide variety of adventurous opportunities.
Snowshoeing Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Just an hour west of Boulder, past the town of Nederland, the Indian Peaks have a ‘locals only’ feel, which is unmatched anywhere in the Front Range. The Indian Peaks Wilderness is less known than Rocky Mountain National Park, especially for out of state visitors, but still features breathtaking mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. From Brainard Lake and it’s gorgeous alpine backdrop to Lake Isabelle set behind the unforgettable Lone Eagle Peak, the Indian Peaks feature a number of challenging trails from lake and waterfall hikes to picturesque summits overlooking a serene and rarely-seen wilderness.
Snowshoeing James Peak Wilderness Area
The namesake of the James Peak Wilderness is James Peak, set just over Berthoud Pass. This spectacular mountain isn’t the highest in the Front Range, but it is prominent, and a winter ascent, while difficult, is rewarding and unforgettable. We’ll start in a wooded forest and climb high above the timberline getting the opportunity to soar above the landscape and overlook Boulder, Denver, and Nederland from up above. This is one of the hardest snowshoe trails in the Front Range, but it’s among one of the best.