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Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

 

 

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

 

 

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

 

 

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

In Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

For cross-country skiers and snowshoers looking to try out a backcountry trail, the Sawatch Range offers a variety of choices, from all-day adventures to short, kid-friendly options. The Waterdog Lakes Trail on Monarch Pass is a steep, high-altitude climb of less than two miles to small lakes close to 11,300 feet in elevation. Browns Creek near Nathrop has several trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to try.

Safety Tips

Before heading out, get information on snow conditions at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Ten Essential Systems

1.Navigation (map & compass)

2.Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)

3.Insulation (extra clothing)

4.Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)

5.First-aid supplies

6.Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)

7.Repair kit and tools

8.Nutrition (extra food)

9.Hydration (extra water)

10.Emergency shelter (tent/emergency bivy)

Trail Systems

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Old Monarch Pass

This popular cross-country trail features ample parking on U.S. 50 a halfmile past the ski area. The old road, about a mile from the top of the pass and the Continental Divide, offers spectacular views of surrounding mountains. Monarch Park: Nordic skiers and snowshoers will find an abundance of snow in the meadows off U.S. 50 just east of Monarch Mountain. Trails work their way through the trees, offering a great location for beginners and kids.

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Biking Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

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Browns Creek

Midway between Salida and Buena Vista, Browns Creek is a wonderful crosscountry and snowshoeing area. The terrain is flat and easy to navigate. The Evans-Rush trail is a great introductory route for beginners.

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass: The Collegiate Peaks Campground main loop and bypass loop are groomed routes, maintained by volunteers. Snowpack is generally good in this area during winter months.

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