Best Cross-Country Skiing in Colorado

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Colorado (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Colorado cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Brainard Lake


Often described as the most popular area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in all of the Front Range, the Brainard Lake area has a great variety of trails for both cross-country skiers and snow…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Ward, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.4 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. Chinns Lake


Though conveniently close to Denver, this tour in the shadow of the Continental Divide is typically uncrowded. The trailhead to Chinns Lake lies within one hour of Denver, but the route is usually unc…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Idaho Springs, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 7.4 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#3. Lost Lake


Popular because of its proximity to Denver and Boulder, this area is laced with trails. The tour to Lost Lake is a fun outing for any level skier or snowshoer who wants to enjoy the beauty of a high-e…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Nederland, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 6 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Peaks Trail (Breckenridge to Frisco)


After you have heard about the Peaks Trail, chances are you will want to give this beautiful, but challenging tour a try. This is one of those Colorado tours which you will hear about a great deal, an…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Frisco, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 8.5 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#5. 4th of July Road to Buckingham Campground


This lengthy tour into the wonderful Indian Peaks offers a rare chance in winter to spot bighorn sheep. This lengthy tour takes you into the beautiful Indian Peaks area. You will travel on a wide, gra…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Nederland, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 9.8 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#6. Deer Creek


With great early season snow and lots of fun trails to choose from, this area has become a mecca for ‘shoers and skiers. The Montezuma area has become a winter mecca for ‘shoers and skiers because of…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Montezuma, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 4.6 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#7. 10th Mountain Division Hut


This area is the home of the illustrious 10th Mountain Division Hut System. The area surrounding the town of Leadville is historically important in the genesis of the sport of backcountry skiing in Am…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Leadville, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 9 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Leavenworth Gulch to Waldorf


This beautiful high-alpine basin and lonely ghost town was once a major Colorado tourist destination. It is surprising that this wonderful high-country tour is not better known. The road up Leavenwort…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Georgetown, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 12.4 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#9. Commando Run


The Commando Run from Vail Pass back to Vail Resort is regarded as one of the most challenging and best ski tours in Colorado. The Commando Run is named for the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division sold…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Vail, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 18 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Peaks Trail


The Peaks Trail is a fun trail that links the two Colorado mountain towns of Breckenridge and Frisco over a 10-mile stretch that skirts the eastern slopes of the Tenmile Range. Although the trail can…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. McCullough Gulch


This is an especially beautiful tour with four impressive “Centennial Peaks” looming above you. This outing takes you up McCullough Gulch, south of Breckenridge, to an old cabin. On a clear day this a…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.8 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#12. Boreas Pass (from Breckenridge)


This historic, high mountain pass offers a long but easy grade, with incredible vistas all around. High mountain passes make great tour destinations. They often have old roads over them, are near tim…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 13.2 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#13. Rabbit Ears Pass


Throughout the winter months, the snow is plentiful in this region and allows the outdoor enthusiast excellent opportunities to ski or snowshoe from early to late in the season. If cross-country ski t…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Steamboat Springs, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 5 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Boreas Pass


Boreas Pass was originally built as a wagon train road and was later used as the route for the nation’s highest elevation, narrow-gauge railroad. From 1872 to 1938, a host of specially designed locomo…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 7.2 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Bear Lake


Established by Congress in 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park is 265,727 acres of spectacular mountain scenery, including one of the “Fourteeners”—Longs Peak at 14,255 feet. In the park you might…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Estes Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 3.6 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Second Creek Cabin to Winter Park Ski Resort


There are lots of reasons why Berthoud Pass is one of the most popular areas in the state for all types of winter sports. It’s close to the Denver area. Skiers and snowshoers can combine backcountry a…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Winter Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.5 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#17. Echo Lake


Clear Creek County is close to Metropolitan Denver and has several winter trails. One of these is the loop around Echo Lake. Echo Lake Park is one of the Denver Mountain Parks. Keep to the edge of the…
From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Lamartine, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 1 mile    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#18. Frazer Meadow


When there is ample snow, Golden Gate Canyon State Park can provide some good winter tours. One of these begins above Kriley Pond, rises to a ridge, and continues down to the cabin ruins in Frazer Mea…
From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Smith Hill, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 4.6 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#19. Alberta Falls


The wonderful web of trails near Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park offers many possibilities for both winter and summer trekking. In summer, Alberta Falls features the roaring waters of Glacie…
From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Beaver Point, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 1.8 miles    BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#20. North Tenmile Creek


North Tenmile Creek is a good choice for a tour because no motorized vehicles are allowed in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. You’re then alone with canyons carved thousands of years ago by glaciers a…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Colorado"
Frisco, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing