Keep Up with the Locals: The Best Denver Winter Activities

With its abundance of natural beauty and world-class recreation areas, Colorado has been known to attract “outdoorsy” types – i.e., locals are not known for staying inside. If you find yourself inspired by the stunning scenery, and are seeking a bit of adventure during your stay at The Brown Palace, check out our picks for the best winter activities in Denver and beyond.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Aspen might be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Colorado skiing. However, there are plenty of other places to hit the slopes throughout the state, many of them excellent options for day trips from Denver. Loveland Ski Area is around a 50-minute drive from the downtown area, while Keystone and Breckenridge are both about 90 minutes away.

Ice Fishing

For a decidedly more rugged outdoor experience, you can try your hand at ice fishing, a popular sport that’s in season from December to late February. The 1,100-acre Chatfield Reservoir, located less than an hour from Denver, attracts crowds throughout the year and is always brimming with rainbow trout, yellow perch, walleye, and more.

Ice Climbing

Experienced climbers flock to the frozen waterfalls of the Centennial State for ice climbing excursions. In fact, Ouray, CO, located in the southeastern part of the state, offers one of the best ice climbing venues in the world at Ouray Ice Park. A bit closer to Denver, the Vail Valley is another top ice climbing destination. If you’re more of a beginner, you can learn the ropes at the REI Denver Pinnacle Climbing Wall.


Finally, you can also rent a snowmobile and ride your way through the snow-covered alpine landscape of Colorado. Breckenridge, Vail, Crested Butte, and other mountain towns offer excellent terrain and breathtaking views.

The best part? At the end of an exhilarating day, you can enjoy the utmost in après-ski comfort with the superior service and comfortable accommodations offered at The Brown Palace.

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