With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, there are plenty of winter activities in Aurora. From hiking to snowshoeing, our state offers great conditions to enjoy the great outdoors.
Before heading out on an adventure, check the weather. Winter weather can change in just a few hours. In Aurora, there are places to rent the necessary equipment to brave the snow. Epic Mountain Gear has cross-country ski rentals, and REI has snowshoe rentals available.
Cherry Creek State Park is home to wildlife, a beautiful reservoir, trails, and so much more. Winter offers a new set of activities to enjoy. With 22 different trails, there is much to be explored. Spend the day hiking through the trails or across the dam. Pick up some skis and go cross-country skiing on the non-paved trails. If there is a lot of snow, rent some snowshoes and walk through the park in areas you would not normally visit. Feeling adventurous? Book a campsite and spend a couple of days. The beautiful snow-covered trees and trails will make for amazing pictures.
Aurora Reservoir is a beautiful area for winter activities. Take a hike around the reservoir while drinking hot chocolate or tea, there paved is an 8-mile trail that winds around the perimeter. Bring the camera along for some gorgeous shots of the ice-covered reservoir. If the water has a thick layer of ice, which will be indicated by signs, take a swing at ice fishing. When there is a good amount of snow in the area, it is always fun to go snowshoeing. With little elevation changes and plenty of open space, the Aurora Reservoir is a perfect area to try winter activities.
Jewell Wetlands Park is tucked away, but still very accessible. Enjoy a winter hike on their popular trails or sit to enjoy a cup of coffee on one of the benches along the path. If you have a mountain bike, it would also be a perfect place for a winter bike ride. After fresh snow consider packing your snowshoes for a hiking adventure. Pro tip: stick to the trails in this area rather than the boardwalk as it is easier in the shoes.
Pronghorn Natural Area is an open space with long trails, ideal for snowshoeing. Spend the day with friends exploring and hanging out in the great outdoors. If you are feeling like a regular hike, grab some boots and go for a walk. If you’re lucky you might even see some of Aurora’s prairie dwellers, like pronghorn and burrowing owls, during your trip.
The Pond is an ice skating destination. Located in the heart of Southlands Lifestyle Center, The Pond is open every day during the week, including major seasonal holidays. Visitors can rent skates on-site or bring their own. While there is a small admission fee, skaters have admission to the rink all day. Consider stopping by the rink for night skating under the string lights, you can grab dinner at any of the restaurants in the area. The rink is also open until February, which allows for plenty of time to enjoy the snowy season.
For snowy days, Aurora boasts some excellent sledding slopes, many of which have scenic views. You'll be happy you worked up an appetite outside, away from screens.
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Located just around the corner of Southlands Lifestyle Center, Legends Coffee is known for its fabulous coffee paired with a quaint breakfast menu. Discover a hot chocolate made by a pro from in-house chocolate ganache and milk. Ask to add homemade vanilla, coconut, or hazelnut syrup if you’re looking
Warm up as you stroll around Stanley Marketplace with a cup of hot chocolate from Logan House Coffee Company. The inviting yet trendy store is perfect for spending an afternoon reading or catching up with some good friends.