Sometimes it seems like Colorado was made to be explored via day trips. With a lot of sunshine per year, you and your family have plenty of opportunities to pack up the car and explore what’s in your own backyard. This winter work your way through Shea Homes'® list of must-try activities that make for a truly unique local experience. Be sure to call ahead to confirm what’s open.

Ice Castles
Just 70 miles west of Denver, Dillon is close to seven stunning ski resorts — and the state’s only ice castle. As you wander along the towering castle walls, you’ll wonder how your family was suddenly transported to Norway. While they’re gorgeous during the day, at night the castles are illuminated with eye-popping lights that create an unparalleled icy experience. From “Let It Go” to “Walking In A Winter Wonderland,” Dillon’s can’t-miss castles will inspire your family to break out in song while you meander through these glacial structures.

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Dog Sledding
Dog lovers and snow enthusiasts unite in Grand County! A guided winter-time dog sled ride through private trails is certainly a memorable family experience. With trips ranging from two to five miles, you’re sure to spot majestic wildlife with the towering Rocky Mountains as your backdrop. Take time to connect with your sled dogs — and your human guide — as they transport you through the Colorado backcountry. Be sure to call ahead to discuss booking availability and safety requirements. When you return from your family adventure, easily store your snow gear in your spacious Shea home. Creative floorplans provide quick access to your equipment so you can get outside the moment you see snowflakes.

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Hot Springs
We can’t think of anything quite like taking a dip in naturally-heated mineral water as the Colorado snow slowly blankets the ground! Tucked into historic Idaho Springs, Indian Hot Springs is a truly one-of-a-kind swimming experience: On a frosty weekend, warm up in geothermal springs that are currently open to the public and follow specific COVID-19 guidelines to keep you and your family safe. Destinations such as Glenwood Hot Springs Pool or Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort can easily turn into multi-day trips that are well worth the weekend away. You’ll feel worlds away from home at these wintery resorts even though they’re only a two or three hour trip by car.

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Freestyle snowshoeing is a thrilling way to get your exercise this winter. Available across Colorado throughout the season, your family will have a blast no matter your experience or fitness level. You’ll find 355 miles of trails that wind through Rocky Mountain National Park (when it fully opens), as well as gorgeous views in Keystone, Nederland, or Glenwood Springs. In most areas, it’s likely you’ll be able to recreate at a safe distance from others — while guided tours are available from local expert companies, solo snowshoeing is safe for the whole family when you prepare properly, follow local guidelines, and head out only in safe weather conditions.

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No matter which part of the state you live in, you’ll find a diverse range of wonderful day trips to embark upon this winter. Conveniently situated with access to these Colorado-centric activities, your Shea home will welcome you back from each day-long escape you plan this season. Chat with us to discuss your purchasing options and find your new home!

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