Best Cross-Country Skiing in Colorado

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Colorado. 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.

  • #1 Chinns Lake

    3 Reviews

    Idaho Springs, CO

    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 ...
    •  130 minutes up, 50 minutes down
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Though conveniently close to Denver, this tour in the shadow of the Continental Divide is typically uncrowded. The trailhead ...

  • #2 10th Mountain Division Hut

    3 Reviews

    Leadville, CO

    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 ...
    •  5 to 7 hours
    •  8.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This area is the home of the illustrious 10th Mountain Division Hut System. The area surrounding the town of Leadville is ...

  • #3 Eagles Nest Wilderness Trails

    2 Reviews

    Vail , CO

    Few areas overcame such overwhelming odds to become designated wilderness as did Eagles Nest. The forbidding topography of this range presents a significant obstacle to travel. Most trails dead-end ...
    •  180 miles
    •  Guide

    Few areas overcame such overwhelming odds to become designated wilderness as did Eagles Nest. The forbidding topography of ...

  • #4 Echo Lake

    3 Reviews

    Lamartine, CO

    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 ...
    •  30 mins
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Clear Creek County is close to Metropolitan Denver and has several winter trails. One of these is the loop around Echo Lake. ...

  • #5 4th of July Road to Buckingham Campground

    0 Reviews

    Nederland, CO

    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 ...
    •  130 minutes up, 100 minutes down
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This lengthy tour into the wonderful Indian Peaks offers a rare chance in winter to spot bighorn sheep. This lengthy tour ...

  • #6 Leavenworth Gulch to Waldorf

    2 Reviews

    Georgetown, CO

    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 ...
    •  178 minutes up, 94 minutes down
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This beautiful high-alpine basin and lonely ghost town was once a major Colorado tourist destination. It is surprising that ...

  • #7 Urad Lake

    1 Reviews

    Empire, CO

    The secret of this tour close to Denver is that it is a fine, uncrowded alternative to other overused areas. The tour to Urad Lake is a bit of a secret, but it is a good, uncrowded alternative ...
    •  88 minutes up, 57 minutes down
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The secret of this tour close to Denver is that it is a fine, uncrowded alternative to other overused areas. The tour to ...

  • #8 Telluride Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Telluride, CO

    At the headwaters of the San Miguel River, deep in the San Juan Mountains, is Telluride—a town and ski resort just far enough off the beaten path to serve as a hideout for fan-weary Hollywood ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  Guide

    At the headwaters of the San Miguel River, deep in the San Juan Mountains, is Telluride—a town and ski resort just far enough ...

  • #9 Boreas Pass (from Breckenridge)

    0 Reviews

    Breckenridge, CO

    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 ...
    •  150 minutes up, 114 minutes down
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This historic, high mountain pass offers a long but easy grade, with incredible vistas all around. High mountain passes make ...

  • #10 Vail Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Vail, CO

    Vail is the largest single ski mountain in North America. Known worldwide for its unstinting customer service and amenities, it is also an awe-inspiring place to ski. From its miles of groomed ...
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    Vail is the largest single ski mountain in North America. Known worldwide for its unstinting customer service and amenities, ...

  • #11 Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    Glaciation has left its indelible imprint here like nowhere else in Colorado. The park contains valley after valley of glacial lakes placed one after another like beads on a string. In excavating ...
    •  355 miles
    •  Guide

    Glaciation has left its indelible imprint here like nowhere else in Colorado. The park contains valley after valley of glacial ...

  • #12 Saints John

    1 Reviews

    Montezuma, CO

    The little town of Montezuma is known as a top center for Front Range backcountry skiers and snowshoers. The little town of Montezuma is a top center for backcountry snowshoeing and skiing for ...
    •  34 minutes up, 22 minutes down
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The little town of Montezuma is known as a top center for Front Range backcountry skiers and snowshoers. The little town ...

  • #13 Lizard Head Pass

    1 Reviews

    Durango, CO

    The trail begins at Lizard Head Pass and follows the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad bed. The tracks have long since disappeared, but the railroad bed is still there and provides an easy-to-follow ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail begins at Lizard Head Pass and follows the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad bed. The tracks have long since disappeared, ...

  • #14 Jones Pass Road

    1 Reviews

    Empire, CO

    It’s no secret why this is one of the busiest trailheads in the state for winter enthusiasts — great early season powder. The trailhead for this outing is one of the busiest in the state for ...
    •  92 minutes up, 50 minutes down
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s no secret why this is one of the busiest trailheads in the state for winter enthusiasts — great early season powder. ...

  • #15 Little Vasquez - Cherokee Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Winter Park, CO

    This wonderful network of free trails near Winter Park has tons of options, ideal for cross-country skiers. Here is a tour in the wonderful network of free trails south and west of Winter Park. ...
    •  70 minutes up, 30 minutes down
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This wonderful network of free trails near Winter Park has tons of options, ideal for cross-country skiers. Here is a tour ...

  • #16 No Name Gulch

    1 Reviews

    Vail, CO

    Beginning skiers and snowshoers will find this an ideal tour, with length that can be tailored to suit your wishes. The tour up the No Name Gulch Road is ideal for the beginning snowshoer or ...
    •  100 minutes up, 52 minutes down
    •  7.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning skiers and snowshoers will find this an ideal tour, with length that can be tailored to suit your wishes. The tour ...

  • #17 Beaver Creek Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Avon, CO

    Beaver Creek, sister resort to Vail, is 10 mi down the valley, built into a plateau just above the small town of Avon. This ultraluxurious enclave for those who like to be pampered is a distinct ...
    •  Difficulty
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    Beaver Creek, sister resort to Vail, is 10 mi down the valley, built into a plateau just above the small town of Avon. This ...

  • #18 West Elk Wilderness Trails

    1 Reviews

    Gunnison, CO

    The West Elk Mountains define this large, remote wilderness west of Gunnison. The volcanic ridges and long valleys of this area offer countless opportunities for extended expeditions. As an added ...
    •  200 miles
    •  Guide

    The West Elk Mountains define this large, remote wilderness west of Gunnison. The volcanic ridges and long valleys of this ...

  • #19 Copper Mountain Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Copper Mountain, CO

    One of the leading resorts in Summit County—Col-orado’s prime skiing country—Copper Mountain shares the terrain of the wondrously scenic Ten Mile Range with Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe ...
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    One of the leading resorts in Summit County—Col-orado’s prime skiing country—Copper Mountain shares the terrain of the wondrously ...

  • #20 Spanish Peaks Wilderness Trails

    0 Reviews

    Walsenburg, CO

    Approaching the Spanish Peaks from the nearby town of La Veta, my first impression was one of overwhelming, sheer immensity. The massive bulk of West Spanish Peak looms almost 7,000 feet above ...
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    Approaching the Spanish Peaks from the nearby town of La Veta, my first impression was one of overwhelming, sheer immensity. ...