Today’s post will provide a brief overview of some of the best snowshoeing trails in the state of Colorado. If you are new to snowshoeing, be sure to check out previous Snowshoe blog posts before you set out on your snowshoeing journey.

What follows is some of our favorite trails for snowshoeing in Colorado and a brief description of each trail. You can also find plenty of great trails in other regions by checking out our posts on the Great Northwest and the Northeast.

Silver Dollar Lake

Guanella Pass – Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead

Snowshoeing and backcountry skiing only.

Contact Information
South Platte Ranger District
19316 Goddard Ranch Court
Morrison, CO 80465
Tel: (303) 275-5610

Trail Skill Level
6.5 kilometers out and back trail Easy to moderate

Additional Information
Registration at Mt. Evans Wilderness boundary board required. There is no registration fee. Note that much of this trail is located above the tree line so be sure to bring proper clothing and a backpack to carry the layers you peel off, as you go. Many views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Be aware that this is a popular trail and parking is limited.

Brainard Lake

Ward Colorado Snowshoe Trail

Snowshoe, cross-country, and skating trails available. Trail head is located at Mitchell Lake Trailhead.

Contact Information
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: (303) 541-2500

Trail Skill Level
8 kilometers out and back trail Novice

Additional Information
A variety of trails for both cross-country skiers and snowshoers are available. Brainard Lake Trail, Waldrop North Ski Trail, CMC South Ski Trail, and Little Raven Ski Trail all leave from the Red Rock Lake trailhead and lead to Brainard Lake. There are also connections to the South Saint Vrain Trail and the continuation of Little Raven Ski Trail. Group size is limited to 12 people. Permits are required for large groups. There is a $9 park entrance fee.

Rainbow Lakes

Rainbow Lakes Trailhead

Trail head located at Rainbow Lakes Campground.

Contact Information
Boulder Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: (303) 541-2500

Trail Skill Level
3.2 kilometers out and back trail Easy

Additional Information
Parking for about six to eight vehicles. Plenty of scenic overlooks over four different lakes. Trail is relatively easy and accessible for beginners and families. There are trails leading to the shorelines of all four lakes. Permits are required for large groups (+8). The closest facilities available are located in downtown Nederland.

Lost Lake

Open to snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Contact Information
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest
2250 Highway 50
Delta, Colorado 81416
Tel (970) 874-6600

Trail Skill Level
9.5 kilometers out and back trail Easy to moderate

Additional Information
Made popular by its proximity to Denver and Boulder. Accessible to any level skier or snowshoer. Scenic overlooks of the lake and surrounding mountains. Trails are well marked. All facilities available in Denver.

Arapaho Glacier Trail

Nederland Colorado Snowshoe Trails

Open to snowshoers only.

Contact Information
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: (303) 541-2500
Fax (303) 541-2515

Trail Skill Level
8 kilometers out and back trail Moderate to advanced

Additional Information
Trail head located before entering the Rainbow Lakes Campground Scenic overview of the City of Boulder Watershed. As posted, this area is private. Do not trespass. Trail continues to another overlook of Arapaho Glacier, South Arapaho, and North Arapaho Peaks. Permits are required for large groups. The closest facilities available are located in downtown Nederland.

Jones Pass Trail

Winter Park Colorado Snowshoe Trails

Open to snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Contact Information
U.S. Forest Service on Henderson Mine property
Tel: (303) 275-5350

Trail Skill Level
5.5 kilometers out and back trail Easy to challenging

Additional Information
Snowshoe trails include the Continental Divide Trail via the Henderson Spur Trail. People who have a fear of heights beware. Much of the switchbacks on this trail have steep edges. Plenty of parking at the base. Sanitary facilities, warm drinks, and maps are available in nearby Downieville.

Feel free to share pictures, comments, and other great Colorado snowshoe trails in the comments section below!