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Winter Adventurers' Getaway in Park County

In this Park County winter adventure, you'll be able to do it all! Warm up each morning with a coffee and delicious breakfast, then head outside to explore beautiful trails and scenery via snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Celebrate a day of adventure at a local brewery and tuck in for the evening at a cozy lodge. 

Itinerary Tip

Backcountry Safety

Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top of mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.

Sustainability Activity

How to Get Involved

Help maintain the trails at South Park National Heritage Area. The South Park GeoTour maintenance project is an ongoing and could always use visitors' help.

Insider's Tip

Come Prepared

Make sure to pack layers so you're prepared for snow activities, as well as your warm-up and cool-down periods. And don't forget to check restaurant schedules before you go, as some are closed in the winter or during weekdays.

Day 1

activity

Staunton Ranch & Bulging Elk Loop Trail

Hike this 8.8-mile moderate loop trail through Staunton State Park. You'll get views of peaks, greenery and wildlife.

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lunch

Macs Adventure

 

Macs Adventure are experts in providing self-guided hiking & biking tours. Enjoy the freedom to travel at your own pace & take the…

activity

Jefferson Loop Trail

Gentle switchbacks, pine and spruce trees greet you on this moderate 5.5-mile trail that circles Jefferson Lake. Climb 11,600-feet in the air as you…

dinner

Mountain River Lodge

Scenic views overlooking Lake George. Fish the South Platte River or nearby Eleven Mile, Spinny, Tarryall or Antero Reservoirs. Pike National Forest…

Insider's Tip

Grill Out

Experience grilling in the alpine air at Grill39, where you can order a grill kit and then make your own meal for your family. After the clean-up, chill in front of the fire before you tuck in for the night.

lodging

Mountain River Lodge

Scenic views overlooking Lake George. Fish the South Platte River or nearby Eleven Mile, Spinny, Tarryall or Antero Reservoirs. Pike National Forest…

Day 2

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breakfast

Highline Cafe

Nice people, patty melts, burgers, chicken-fried steak, cold brews and more.

activity

Cross-Country Ski at 11 Mile Reservoir

Ski across the frozen lake at 11 Mile Reservoir. The 3.4-mile moderately trafficked loop is good for all skill levels.

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lunch

Highline Cafe

Nice people, patty melts, burgers, chicken-fried steak, cold brews and more.

activity

Snowshoe on Hack Trail

This 5-mile winter trail is primitive that includes old logging roads and some stretches of minimal clearing.

dinner

Salado

Discover a twist on Southwest cuisine made with fresh ingredients. We also feature regional craft beers, signature cocktails, and local wines.

activity

South Park Brewing

We are a brewery and taproom located in Fairplay. We are the only brewery in Park County and offer pub-style food and 10 beers on draft.

lodging

A Riverside Inn Hotel

Enjoy the mountains and stay in Fairplay's newest hotel.  Located only 20 miles from Breckenridge, and 1.5 hours from Denver, or Colorado Springs.  Enjoy…

Day 3

breakfast

A Riverside Inn Hotel

Enjoy the mountains and stay in Fairplay's newest hotel.  Located only 20 miles from Breckenridge, and 1.5 hours from Denver, or Colorado Springs.  Enjoy…

activity

Ice Fishing at Antero Reservoir

Drill a hole in the ice, drop your line and fish for rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat, Kokanee salmon and more.

lunch

Cutthroat Cafe

Mountain cafe, 50 miles southwest of Denver; family oriented, inexpensive, casual dining.

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activity

Aspen Peak Cellars

Visit Aspen Peak Cellars for a winery tour and sample our award winning wines at our beautiful tasting room. Whether you enjoy a glass of our handcrafted…

Insider's Tip

Snowshoe & Fondue at Aspen Peak Cellars

Take a guided snowshoe hike ending in a wine tasting and authentic Swiss cheese fondue. If that doesn't warm you up after a beautiful snowy hike, what will? Get tickets ahead of time to ensure you have a spot for the event.

dinner

Platte River Saloon

The Platte River Saloon is located on Historic Front Street along the Platte River, surrounded by the beautiful South Park Region with many 14,000-foot…

lodging

North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge

If you're looking for a unique vacation experience with deluxe accommodations, lots of fun activities, fabulous food, an Orvis endorsed Colorado fishing…

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