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4 Beginner-Friendly Snowshoe Trails

If you can walk, you can snowshoe; and the high country is full of fresh powder to explore. An inexpensive (and fun) activity for all ages, here are four beginner-friendly trails to get your family started.

Editor’s note, 1/14/20: This story has been updated to reflect the most current information.

Breckenridge Nordic Center

At 9,800 feet, you won’t have to gain much elevation to see breathtaking views while exploring the snowshoe trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center. Hour-and-a-half-long guided tours are offered two times daily—or go rogue, hopping on the beginner-friendly “Foxy Loxy” snowshoe trail near the lodge, where you can purchase trail passes, grab a map, rent equipment, and warm up with a hearty bowl of homemade soup. 9 Grandview Dr., Breckenridge

Bear Lake Loop

Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, at the end of Bear Lake Road, this half-mile round-trip loop is short, flat, easy, and chock-full of scenic lake views, making it an ideal route for newbies. Rent snowshoes in Estes Park, or at YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center, where you can sign up for a guided snowshoe hike at the Sweet Memorial Building. Bear Lake Trailhead, Estes Park

Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Closer to Denver, this 101-acre nature preserve is a popular spot for family snowshoeing. More than a mile of gently undulating terrain is home to plenty of critters, including deer, turkeys, foxes, coyotes, and occasionally, elk. Visitors can view wildlife year-round on trails that depart from a kid-approved visitor’s center (closed Mondays) with bathrooms, interactive exhibits, and a hands-on—and heated—playroom. 910 Colorow Rd., Golden

Sourdough Trail

This peaceful, wooded track has wide paths just right for novice snowshoeing. Start at the trailhead at the Highway 72 turnoff for University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station. The out-and-back climb spans 13 miles; only go as far as feels comfortable. Afterward, stop in Nederland to ride the Carousel of Happiness, warm up at The Train Cars Coffee, and visit Frozen Dead Guy’s shed. Sourdough Trailhead, Nederland

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