Colorado snowshoeing is also easy on your wallet, and you'll see that snowshoe trails can be found throughout the state. All you need is snow...and the snowshoes of course!
Snowshoeing is the winter equivalent of hiking and I've heard it said that if you can walk, you can snowshoe.
That pretty much tells you all you need to know about Colorado snowshoeing. Just put one foot in front of the other and start walking.
Yes, it really is that easy!
But before you go out and buy a pair of snowshoes to use on Colorado snowshoe trails, I suggest you rent a pair first.
That way, you can try them out and see what you think.
They usually cost between $10.00 to $20.00 to rent, (per day), although you might see higher prices in some places.
When you're ready to buy a pair of snowshoes, I would suggest going to several different stores so you can compare prices and see what's available. Good snowshoes will usually run between about $100.00 and $300.00. If you want to try them on at the store, make sure you wear hiking boots. Also, if you don't have any stores near you that sell snowshoes, you can always buy them online.
Before heading out to do some snowshoeing in Colorado, you should think about what you need to wear. It's best to dress in layers, especially if you will be snowshoeing up a mountain trail. You can get pretty warm when you're going uphill, and cool off pretty quickly on the way back down.
So if you want to have a successful snowshoe hike, here are the basic items you should wear: long underwear, wool socks, insulation layers, wind resistant and water repellent jacket, gloves/mittens, hat and scarf, sunglasses, and last but not least: waterproof hiking boots. You might also want to wear gaiters if you'll be in deep snow since they'll help keep your legs dry from your knees down.
Are you wondering what else you should bring for your snowshoeing adventure? Well then, wonder no more. Here's a basic list of some things that would be useful to have with you: first aid kit, sunscreen, food and water, compass/map, camera, and poles. If you'll be out for several hours, you might also want to consider bringing a flashlight and matches in case of need.
On the subject of food and water, here's an idea for something that will warm you up while you're out on the trail, or when you get back to the car: a thermos bottle full of hot soup, hot chocolate, cider or any other hot drink of your choice. As I mentioned earlier, you'll probably cool off on your hike back down the mountain, so a hot drink of your choosing would probably hit the spot for you.
Are you wondering where to go for your Colorado snowshoeing hike? Well then, just check out my Colorado snowshoe trails page. Enjoy, and don't forget the thermos!