The great John Muir said, “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. Because Winter Park is located smack dab in the middle of America’s playground, the Rocky Mountains, it provides an opportunity to escape even our small town and reconnect with nature. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite day trips the area has to offer to inspire you to get out, disconnect from the world, and ground yourself with an amazing Winter Park getaway.
With over 600 miles of hiking trails, Winter Parks offers a perfect escape from the city. Put on your hiking boots, strap on some water and trail mix for snacks, and check out some of our favorite hikes!
Fraser River Trail
EASY, 5 miles round trip, Elevation: 8280’
An easy trail with minimal exertion, this trail follows the Fraser River from Downtown Winter Park to Winter Park Resort. Why We Love It: It’s a perfect afternoon escape from downtown with minimal planning and effort.
Second Creek / Broome Hut
MODERATE due to elevation gain, 5 miles roundtrip, Elevation: Trailhead 10,569’ / Summit 11,350’
Beginning on the trail to Broome Hut, take the opportunity to explore the hut as a portion of it is available for day use. Second Creek is a popular trail year-round that navigates willows and alpine tundra. When you reach the summit of this hike, soak in the sights – to the north is Parsenn Bowl, and to the east is Parry and James Peaks and the Continental Divide. Why We Love It: The views!
Mirror Lake and Crater Lake Trail
DIFFICULT, 15 miles, Elevation: 10,360’
Beginning at the Monarch Lake Trailhead, about an hour drive north of Winter Park, this trail provides access to Indian Peaks Wilderness. Follow the Cascade Creek Trail to Crater Lake where the 15-mile hike will afford you many vantage points to view waterfalls, ending at Crater Lake with a spectacular view of Lone Eagle Peak. Why We Love It: Waterfalls are magical.
Viewing the great wilderness on the back of a majestic animal, alone, with your thoughts, is an experience you will never forget. With multiple horseback guides in the area, you can choose exactly the kind of adventure you want: horseback or roping lessons, a ride through the backcountry for anywhere from 1-4 hours with spectacular views of the Continental Divide, and you can even add a meal. Accommodating groups and ages of all shapes and sizes, everyone is welcome!
Get Outside and Recharge with a Winter Park Getaway
Let us help you plan your secluded Winter Park vacation in the Colorado wilderness and contact our friendly specialists today!