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Top Off-Slope Activities in Colorado

January 4, 2012 By: Adam Leposa

Colorado is famous for its skiing, but the state also offers an array of winter activities for travelers who want to take a break from the slopes.

Dunton Hot Springs is a 19th century mining camp that has been turned into a romantic resort that offers easy access to other winter activities in the area. Guests can bathe in the hot springs inside the restored 19th century bathhouse, in pools outside the bathhouse or behind the Dunton Store cabin, in Christoph’s spring on the river and in the original spring at the top of the town.

A Nordic Photography course from Crested Butte Arts teaches travelers how to take winter snapshots from Nordic skis or snowshoes. Six workshops are available from January through March at $55 each.

Dog Sledding from Durango Dog Ranch offer a new way to experience Colorado’s mountain trails. Both full day “Mushing Madness” ($695 per sled) and half-day “Mush on the Brain” ($400 per sled) options are available. For “Mushing Madness” there is a two adult or 375 lb. weight limit per sled, and for “Mush on the Brain” there is a two adult or 400 lb. weight limit, with the option of adding one or two small children depending on size.

Ice Fishing from High Mountain Drifters takes place on Colorado’s largest lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison. Ice trips last six hours and rates start at $250 for a single person, or $275 for two people plus $25 for each additional person, to a maximum of four.

Snowshoeing through Rocky Mountain National Park offers the opportunity to see elk, coyotes, deer and other wildlife.

Ice climbing in Ouray, nicknamed the “Switzerland of America,” features instructors and guides for beginner climbers.

Snowmobiling at Grand Lake, near Rocky Mountain National Park, is another way to take in the scenery.

Winter Golf in Montrose is available at three courses, weather permitting: The Links at Cobble Creek, the Bridges (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and the Montrose Black Canyon Golf Club.

Hot air ballooning in Pagosa Springs offers a birds-eye view of the winter landscape.

Fly-fishing at Carbondale is best in the winter, and the area boasts access to the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Colorado rivers.

Scenic Jeep Tours from Mile-Hi Rafting treat guests to a journey in a mountain ATV with views of the Continental Divide.


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Adam Leposa
Adam Leposa is the Online Managing Editor of He has worked as an Editorial Associate in the Children's Division of Simon & Schuster. He is a graduate of...

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By Adam Leposa | January 4, 2012
In addition to its famous skiing opportunities, Colorado offers an array of off-slope activities, from relaxing in hot springs to ice fishing.
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