30 Best Places to Go Sledding in Colorado
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Updated March 2021.
When the snow flies in Colorado, consider seeking out a sled at one of these locations for some old-fashioned fun. There are myriad of sledding hills–some public, some secret. Here are a handful of favorite sports. Some offer sled rentals: others are BYOS.
Also, a fun new pastime is going on a hike with your family and sledding down the trail after. This Eurosoed Mrikan Missile Sled is on my wish-list for sure and wherever you go, be sure to check for avalanche safety if you’re in a high-risk area.
Where Are the Best Sledding Hills Near Denver?
This may come as a surprise to sledding enthusiasts in the Mile High City: It’s technically against the rules to sled in city parks unless it has been specifically sanctioned by city officials but they turn a blind eye to it.
Congress Park. This hill is small but mighty near East Eighth Avenue and York Street. Barnum Park, which offers a fantastic view of the downtown Denver skyline, is located just west of Federal Boulevard and north of West Sixth Avenue; Jefferson Park, a low-key hill surrounded by trees near West 23rd Avenue and Eliot Street.
Ruby Hill Park, Denver. After a fresh snowfall, it’s common to find such outlaw fun-lovers at Ruby Hill Park which is the result of a partnership between the city of Denver and Winter Park Resort. Workers start making snow in January for skiing and snowboarding, and other parts of the park are designated for sledding. Lights operate until 9 p.m. so you can get your nighttime glide in as well. The intersection of Platte River Drive and Jewell Avenue.
Sledding Hill Park, Littleton. With a name like this, the sledding has to be good, right? This north-facing park is gloriously undeveloped except for a few park benches and the best parking is found at Eagle Meadows or Sanctuary Park. S. Kipling Parkway and Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton
Kroh Park, Loveland. This sledding hill is the most popular in the city and is widely used in the summer for soccer, fishing and baseball. 5200 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland
The jewel in the crown is the all-ages Scott Carpenter Park, 1505 30th St., a former landfill where for some 40 years Boulderites have learned the fine art of sledding. Another option is South Boulder’s Harlow Platts Park, at Greenbriar Boulevard and Gillespie Drive. Those with tiny sledders should head to Foothills Community Park, 800 Cherry Ave., or Meadow Glen, on Pennsylvania Avenue east of 55th Street. Sledding also is allowed, and especially fun for adults, when there is snow, at Colorado Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road. Pull into the drive, and stop at the ranger station to see which permitted sledding areas are posted on any given day.
Autumn Ash Park, off North 111th Street at Beacon Hill and Lucerne drives, has a nice hilly slope perfect for family sledding with young children. There’s also Wanaka Lake Park, 705 Caria Drive, south from Baseline Road or west from Public Road onto Emma Street. Sled off the dam on the northeast side of the lake. Slide down the little slopes that go from the lake down to the lower trail, especially with smaller children. Another major area is immediately west of Indian Peaks Drive on the south side of Baseline Road
Where Are the Best Sledding Hills in Colorado?
At the Aspen Recreation Center, less than mile up Maroon Creek Road just before Aspen Highlands, a gorgeous backdrop of Pyramid Peak and a down-valley view await your sledding pleasure on the free, Whoa Nelly! sledding hill. If you forget your sled, you can rent at the Rec Center. And if you want to do a little ice skating, the ARC- tic Pond is at the bottom of the hill.
Carter Park, smack in the middle of town at the south end of High Street, features a walk-up, ride-down sledding hill on a former ski hill. There are no rentals, but snow tubes and sleds are available for purchase at the City Market and Food Kingdom grocery stores in town.
The spot is the Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center, 3920 Dublin Blvd. This is a good-sized hill and the most popular place in town for those heading for sledding.
You could go the classic straight lane route, or you can up your game with Copper. After a day on the slopes, kick off those ski boots and gather your family and head to the hill. Sign your waiver, pay and test out your handpicked tube on Copper’s banked curves. Be sure to try the Rocky Mountain Coaster and the Alpine Rush Zipline that soars over Copper’s West Lake.
The Crested Butte Nordic Center, corner of Second and White- rock streets, is on the free bus route and is the site of Big Mine Park, so you can sled on history, where coal was once mined and cooked in coke ovens. Local kids sled on snowbanks around town, most notably, those near the Crested Butte Community School, 818 Red Lady Ave.
The Chapman Hill ski and skate area, 500 Florida Road, has a small sledding hill ideal for tots next to its two-rope tow ski hill. Afterward, you can cozy up next to the fireplace inside the pavilion.
The town may not be a premier ski destination, but at Frisco Adventure Park on the town’s Recreation Way, the tubing hill provides downhill excitement. Similar to those at several Colorado ski areas, the tubing hill, on Colorado 9 across from the hospital, offers six lanes of 1,200-foot-long rides, with lifts on a Magic Carpet and inner tube rentals. With a minimum height limit of 42 inches, the tubing is mostly for those over 4 years of age. Clusters of up to four are allowed for families who want hand-holding on the way down. For those who like their sledding the old-fashioned way, a sledding hill is nearby.
Edora Park is a huge Frisbee golf course in the summer and is an epic sledding hill in the winter with just enough pitch for thrills but not too steep for hiking back up. 1420 E. Stuart St. Just west of the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University you’ll find a manmade lagoon framed by great sledding. If you want a gentle slop, check-out City Park at 1500 W. Mulberry Street.
Locals in the know head to Four Mile Park, on the road to the Sunlight Mountain Resort and Ski Area, a nice easy drive to all-ages sledding. Another hot spot is Canyon Creek. To get there from Interstate 70, take Exit 111 (South Canyon) 0.2 miles, turn at South Canyon Creek Road and go 0.4 miles. Bear right and continue on what becomes County Road 134 past the landfill and watch for the sledding hill.
Adventure Point at Keystone offers the most epic paid Mountaintop Tubing Hill with multiple lanes, lift-assist and loads of area activities like skating on Keystone Lake and the world’s largest snow fort atop Dercum Mountain.
Go Dutch for the ultimate high, fast ride at Leadville’s newly improved Dutch Henry Hill, with tubing lanes and a free sledding hill where no metal or wooden sleds are allowed. The area is a one-minute drive south of downtown Leadville on U.S. 24.
Kendall Mountain Ski Area is best known for being family and beginner-friendly at a fraction of the cost of other Colorado ski resorts. Sledding, skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed any time!
Who can go wrong with a cool name like Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch? This paid sledding hill is groomed and equipped with a state-of-the-art tube-tow lift system that attaches itself to the tube to transport you back to the top. 37350 RCR 179, Steamboat Springs.
Leave it to a place like Telluride (and really, there is no place like Telluride) to offer a sledding hill in the middle of town. Firecracker Hill, on the southern end of Town Park, is fun for kids of all ages, with gradual and steeper slopes. The Telluride Nordic Center, also in Town Park, offers sled rentals. Coffee shops with wonderful hot chocolate abound in this town. And the free Galloping Goose bus makes a continuous loop through town, stopping by the gondola, as well.
Vail’s Adventure Ridge is home to tubing, ski biking, kids snowmobiling, a bungee trampoline, and snowshoeing. The 900-foot long Eagle’s Nest tubing hill has several lanes to enjoy, music playing, and thrilling runs.
The Coco-Cola Tube Park at Winter Park Resort features four individual lanes, exciting banked curves, and a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top. Tubing reservations must be made in advance. Nearby, Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby is run by the YMCA of the Rockies. You’ll find a great tubing hill and views of the surrounding mountains that will knock your mittens off. Next to the tubing hill is an ice-skating rink pavilion and an extensive Nordic skiing network.
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