Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
Ready to shake off those winter cobwebs? Head to the San Luis Valley for some fantastic snowshoeing and cross country skiing! Unbelievable scenic views, amazing snow, and precious solitude await you. After a great night’s stay in one of our lodging facilities , and a rib-sticking breakfast, head west through South Fork on Hwy 160. Just outside of this quaint town at 11.4 miles is Big Meadow Reservoir Road.
Big Meadows Ski Trail is located in the Rio Grande National Forest, in the eastern foothills of the San Juan Mountains. The trail starts off on fairly even grade, crosses a bridge and then maintains a relatively easy ascent to Big Meadows Reservoir and then loops through Big Meadows Campground. The trail is appropriate enough for all levels of skiers. It is easy enough for beginners with some nice flat areas, and some variable terrain. The length of the entire trail system is about 4.3 miles round trip.
After a long day playing in the snow, enjoy a satisfying meal at one of our many restaurants. From amazing Italian food, to Asian, to American and Mexican, there are enough choices to please the whole family!
The next morning, grab your equipment and head southwest of Monte Vista on Hwy 285 about 2.3 miles. At the Rock Creek Road (see US Forest Service Sign) turn right and follow the road up into the mountains for about 10 miles. Watch up on your left for a small plowed area with an opening in the fence.
The Rock Creek Ski Trail is located in the Rio Grande National Forest, in the eastern foothills of the San Juan Mountains. The trail starts off on a fairly even grade and then drops through the trees to an open meadow on the side of the hill. There are several loops that link from here. The views to the east from the meadow are quite a reward for your efforts, with the whole San Luis Valley at your feet, and the Great Sand Dunes and Mt. Blanca in the distance! The trail is appropriate for all levels of skiers. The length of the entire trail system is about 5.6 miles.