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Great Winter Hikes in the Boulder Area

Winter in Boulder can mean 0 degrees and snow or 60 degrees and sun. For Boulderites, the winter weather is not enough of a reason to pack away their hiking boots. Yes, hiking can be done all year round in Boulder, even when the temperature drops or as the snow falls – as long as you’re prepared and have the right gear.

Most of your favorite summer hikes are also available during the winter months. If you’re not afraid to bundle up and get your blood pumping for warmth, then this blog post is for you.

Boulder Winter Hikes

Here are some of the best winter hikes in the Boulder area.

Royal Arch

The Royal Arch is one of the most popular trails from the Chautauqua trailhead. While the trail is relatively short, the hike is a real challenge. If you talk to someone who has hiked the trail up to Royal Arch, they’ll tell you that the beauty of the Bluebell Canyon and the view from the top is worth the journey.


If you are a newbie at hiking, then you might want to start here. For a relatively small amount of exertion, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views. It is so worth it. Because of this, you may find that the numerous trails of Chautauqua are always flooded with people. Luckily, it becomes less crowded in the winter, which makes for an even better hiking experience.

Mount Sanitas

Mount Sanitas lies in the climbing mecca of Boulder. It belongs to the foothills of the great Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Mount Sanitas is also a popular trail in Boulder. In fact, the trailhead is typically overflowing with people and often sees more foot traffic than most. With so many interconnected trails, this much-loved mountain makes it accessible to all levels. From the top, you’ll be welcomed to panoramic views of the Flatirons to the south, Boulder to the east, and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area to the west.