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Old 09-16-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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We are new to Woodland Park and was wondering if there were some nearby fun places to go have some winter fun (not sliding down our drive way either :P). I know Woodland Park is not a ski area and is about 2 hours from the nearest resort. I'm just talking about some areas that kids may gather and slide down some small slopes, or folks may go to just mess around and have fun, maybe even some beginner snow boarding or skiing. Since there is a ton of public land around, I'm sure there are some neat little spots around here!
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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There was a place just south of Mueller where I remember lots of people going tubing in the snow.....
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Check out Rainbow Falls in Deckers, (just down 67) if you're into snowmobiling
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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You won't find much public land in Teller County. Most of it is owned, even if there aren't any houses or other buildings on it. Unless you know someone who has a pretty steep hill on their property, or lives in a subdivision with lakes or hills, there isn't any public place that people gather for sledding, ice skating or snowboarding.

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Old 09-17-2011, 02:11 PM
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Snowshoeing up near the Crags can be a lot of fun ... driving on that road in the winter can be a challenge, but worth it. Snowshoes can be rented if you're not sure you'll enjoy it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. There are 1000s and 1000s of acres of national forests nearby and tons of trails. That was the land I was referring to.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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The problem with a lot of National forest land is that the roads are not always plowed and a lot of them are closed in the winter. Getting through the open ones to the trails is not always easy unless you've got 4WD. You may also want to check and see if you'll need permits for snowmobiling or other motorized activity in the National Forest. Here's a link to Woodland Park's activities that might help.

http://findwoodlandpark.com/do-eat-stay-play-shop/

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Old 09-18-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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You can go snowshoeing in Mueller - that's fun, imho.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:10 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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I'm thinking that what the OP means is; are there places where a bunch of kids can go and do some sledding (little hills), while the parents hang out and chat and drink hot chocolate or sled with the kids. Kind of a neighborhood social activity for both parents and kids. Honestly, in the 40 years we lived in Teller County we never knew of anything like that anywhere, and we had four kids. We moved away last year (still have property there) after being empty-nested for the warmth of AZ, and the only places our kids did any sledding was in our backyard as we had some humongous hills on our land. But there was never anything organized, and no place in WP where kids would gather for sledding. If your kids are really interested in winter activities, the posters above have given good ideas. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of social oganization for kids outside of the schools.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Here in WP, the pond in Memorial Park freezes over and is open to ice skating, usually, starting around late December. It's true 'pond' skating though, meaning rough/bumpy ice that's also very musical (you'll hear cracks but that's usually nothing to worry about). The ice rink at Meadow Wood is also open for free ice skating, though check the schedule for the hours. It's used for hockey a lot, but during open skating times hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed on the ice.

There's a nice sledding hill up Rampart Range road. If you're new to the area these directions might not make much sense...so maybe go check it out now BEFORE it snows. Basically, head north on that road, at the first fork (at the water tank) veer left. At the next fork, where the road becomes dirt, veer left again. Just up ahead on your right will be a large turnout where you can park; the sledding hill is right there. Hilltop park is a small sledding hill here in town you might want to check out, too.

Snow shoeing can be done anywhere, assuming there's enough snow (Lovell Gulch, etc). I've always thought the Rainbow Gulch trail (just west of Rampart Reservoir) might be nice for cross country skiing, though I've never tried that myself.
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