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Winter Rides: Dog Sleds, Sleighs, Snowmobiles & More

It wouldn’t be a Colorado winter without finding yourself laughing in the cool air on one of the following joyrides, some of the best things to do in winter.

Snowmobiling through the Colorado snow near Vail, CO
Snowmobiling through the Colorado snow near Vail, CO

Dog Sledding

Take turns mushing a team of eager Siberian and Alaskan huskies over snow-packed trails on a morning or afternoon trip. Bundle up and sit back to take in the amazing mountain views in a sled for two (or two adults and a small child). Colorado dog sledding trips often include breaks for hot cocoa and baked goods. Durango Dog Ranch and Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park are just a few options with gorgeous mountain backdrops. More about dog sledding Colorado >>

Horse-Drawn Sleigh

Snuggling up in blankets next to your loved ones in a horse-drawn sleigh is something everyone should experience at least once. Feel like mountain royalty and take in spectacular scenery as you glide past moonlit peaks under a pure winter sky. Sleigh rides are a great romantic date or unforgettable family adventure. 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott offers a popular Sleigh Ride Lunch, with chili, mac and cheese, salad, cookies and more after dashing through the snow. More about sleigh rides in Colorado >>


Colorado’s 28 ski areas offer safe, swift lifts to 40,000 acres of skiable terrain, including beginner runs, challenging bowls, exciting moguls and much more. From Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Imperial Express SuperChair, topping out at 12,840 feet as the highest chairlift in North America, to the fastest triple chair lift in the state at Aspen Highlands, which carries skiers and boarders up 1,700 feet in just seven minutes, there’s a Colorado lift to match your skill level. More about Colorado ski resorts >>

For a whole new dining experience, take the enclosed gondola to Alpenglow Stube at Keystone Resort or to Telluride’s Alpino Vino and enjoy a gourmet mountaintop meal. More about mountain-top dining >>


Bring horsepower to the trails with a guided snowmobile tour through scenic Rocky Mountain nooks. Resorts and high-country towns across the state offer trips ranging from groomed, relaxed trail beginner tours to high-adrenaline excursions across the Continental Divide. Bring your camera for some framable backcountry shots. Grand Adventures in Winter Park and High Country Tours in Dillon, among many others, offer personalized tours. More about Colorado snowmobiling >>

Giant Rubber Inner Tube

Colorado resorts pride themselves on their squeal-worthy, specially designed tubing hills. Aiming to provide guests with a bigger, faster, more thrilling experience, many tubing hills around the state now offer side-by-side lanes for racing and rolling features with mini-kickers for that extra oomph through the air. Some hills are served by easy-access surface lifts and allow parents to ride down with the littlest tubers. Copper Mountain and Vail’s Adventure Ridge are a couple of Colorado resorts known for their tubing. More about snow tubing >>

Fat Biking

Fairly new to the snow sports scene, snow biking is an exhilarating mode of slopeside transit. Special snowcycles — basically a bicycle on skis instead of tires — let you steer and ski down the mountain. Instructors are on-hand to teach you how to maneuver snowcycles at Winter Park and Purgatory (formerly Durango Mountain Resort). The resorts offer snowcycle lessons and tours around the mountain. More about fat biking >>