Golden Gate Canyon State Park
If you are itching to step into skis but don't want the hassle or crowds (or cost) of the High Country, visit Golden Gate State Park in Golden for some cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing. Both are excellent winter activities (especially for families) that you can enjoy with just simple training or basic instruction. This park has a wide range of trails that are suitable for both winter activities and all skill levels are welcomed. Rentals are not available so be sure to bring your equipment. The best time to visit is just after a snowfall when the trails are in their best condition. You will need a park pass so be sure to stop by the ranger station or purchase an annual pass through Colorado State Parks.