If you’re anything like me, the weekend can’t come soon enough. Thankfully, for those “weekend warriors” out there, the region has countless opportunities to explore, learn and play. From solo hikes to family fishing adventures, here are two winter destinations and some helpful tips to make your multi-adventure weekend happen!
Snowshoeing & Ice Fishing at Beaver Creek Reservoir
Ready for the ultimate family adventure? In the heart of winter, Beaver Creek Reservoir has thick ice, deep snow and hungry trout. Multi-adventures are easy at Beaver Creek but plan to bring along the right gear for being active while hiking and staying put while waiting for fish to bite. Layers are the answer! A lightweight puffy jacket, like the Colorado-based Topo Designs Puffer Hoodie, will keep you warm while active or sitting still for a while. Waterproof pants and boots are also important for sitting around the fishing hole. Consider a pair of bibs or waterproof shell pants. And bring along an insulated, waterproof boot, like a pair from XTRATUF.
Go prepared with a sturdy (yet light!), pair of snowshoes – like a pair from MSR, with their steel crampon and new Paragon binding. This snowshoe is fully adjustable for almost any shoe size, so if you want to get out solo while your partner watches the fishing rig and kids, you can both use them!
On the fishing front, you can find so many supplies locally, like the Rainbow Grocery in South Fork. Bring along a rod/reel, some fish food (they love grubs!), a bucket to carry it all, a seat to enjoy the view and you’re set for the day!
If you bring the kids along, remember a few essentials – sunblock (yes, even on overcast days), warm clothes and lots of snacks! While crackers are always yummy, we also love Wild Zora meat & veggie bars. You can order them online before your trip or get them locally at Walmart.
Need to engage the kids a little more? We also bring sleds to pull the kids around the lake when there is a lull in the fishing action. Our SkiPulk system works great for attaching the sled easily to a backpack or hip sack.
Hiking & Biking Del Norte Trail System
Exploring on your own? Hiking around the town of Del Norte is a great option. Trails are easily accessible and great restaurants are nearby for an after-adventure lunch or dinner!
With several trailheads accessible right from the Del Norte Trail System is easy to find and a short walk from most lodging. One of our favorite trails is School Loop Trail. It features easy terrain with stunning views of the valley, La Garita hills and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
If you’re up for a bigger challenge, grab the bike! Mountain biking the trails is great year-round! Hike the trails on Saturday and come on back for a great ride on Sunday. If you plan to ride on a snowy day, bring along a fat tire bike. This will ensure you can get to where you’re trying to go, thanks to a wider tire that “floats” on the snow better than a traditional mountain bike tire. Local bike shop, Kristi Mountain Sports, offers bike rentals for those not bringing their own.
Also, while Del Norte has a great selection of trails, if you want to go further, check out our 4-Season Fun article for short rides, overnight adventures and everything in between.
For more information about the Del Norte Trail System and surrounding trails, visit the Del Norte Trail Organization website.
Multi-adventure weekends are great for individuals and the whole family. Check out our Winter 2018 Guide for more ideas!