10 Stunning Snowshoe Trails in Colorado


Wondering where to find snowshoe trails in Colorado this winter? The reality is, if you are traveling to Colorado anytime between November and May, you will likely experience snowy trails! Of course, the amount and density will depend on your altitude, location and what’s happening weather-wise that day. In general, it’s best to be prepared with optional snowshoe trails so that you can still get out to enjoy Colorado’s beauty even during the snowy months. And while you may assume that all hiking trails should be fair game for snowshoeing, this simply is not the case. Some trails are far too steep or rocky to be safe for snowshoeing. So over the years I’ve compiled a list of my favorite trails that are snowshoe friendly and still yield gorgeous views! Read on for my top ten recommended snowshoe trails in Colorado.


1. Emerald Lake Trail


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.2 miles out + back

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park – Park pass required

Elevation Gain: Roughly 700 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: You will experience multiple iconic lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park but in a frozen state, which allows for snowshoeing onto them. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the park during the off season when the crowds die down.




2. Hoosier Pass Loop


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3 miles loop

Location: Near Breckenridge

Elevation Gain: Roughly 700 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: The mountain views on the pass can’t be beat! If you love open, expansive views this hike will certainly blow you away!




3. Fish Creek Falls Trail


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4.7 mile out + back

Location: Steamboat

Elevation Gain: Roughly 1400 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: The trail will take you through beautiful mountain views to the ultimate destination of frozen waterfalls! Frozen falls are always a spectacle to behold. Definitely a worthwhile trail.



4. Lost Lake Trail


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4 mile out + back

Location: Indian Peaks Wilderness near Nederland

Elevation Gain: Roughly 850 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: This whole wilderness area is stunning. Snowshoeing out onto Lost Lake is peaceful and the scenery is magical!





5. Koper’s Trail


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.5 mile out + back

Location: Rifle Falls State Park (State park pass required)

Elevation Gain: Roughly 550 feet

Considerations for this trail: The “trail” is not continuous and is more of the road that feeds into all of the ice caves. You can do as much as you want to experience the caves.

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: Ice caves. Need I say more? This is an extremely unique and picturesque hiking experience that cannot be missed in the winter!




6. The Loch


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 5.5 mile out + back

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park (Park pass required)

Elevation Gain: Roughly 1000 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: Hiking through a snow-covered Rocky Mountain National Park is similar to strolling through a real-life snow globe. The Loch itself is well worth the trek in.





7. Guanella Pass


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 25 miles point to point – Most people just go up a few miles and back down!

Location: Georgetown

Elevation Gain: Dependent on distance of trail hiked

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: Beautiful wooded scenery the whole way. There are also numerous firepits tucked into the woods where you can enjoy a snowy bonfire with friends!




8. Tennessee Pass


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: Tennessee Pass is an entire trail system complete with a cook house, Nordic center and yurts that can be rented. The distance depends on the trail you choose within the trail system.

Location: Near Leadville

Elevation Gain: Dependent on distance of trail hiked

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: This area is such a gem. You can choose from a multitude of peaceful snowshoeing trails, book lunch or dinner at the cookhouse, or book a night at a yurt (you will snowshoe to your quarters for the night!). Definitely one of my favorite winter experiences in Colorado!





9. Babbish Gulch


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3 mile loop

Location: Glenwood Springs

Elevation Gain: Roughly 550 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: I love trails with surprises. This one surprised me with a warming hut at the halfway point. The hut is just big enough for a few people to enter and warm up around the wood-burning stove!





10. McCullough Gulch


Difficulty: Hard

Distance: 6.5 mile loop

Location: Breckenridge

Elevation Gain: Roughly 1700 feet

Why I love this trail for snowshoeing: While it is one of the longer, more challenging trails on the list, everything about this trail is absolutely breathtaking. The snow-covered trees, lake destination, and expansive valley views will not disappoint!



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