The slopes aren’t the only way to get outside this winter. Here are three outdoor ice rinks—other than the perennial favorite, Evergreen Lake—to enjoy while the temperatures remain low. (But seriously: call ahead before going; inclement or warm weather can affect hours and close these locations intermittently.)
Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park
The Parker Ice Trail, one of just a few in the nation, opened in Discovery Park last month. Reminiscent of a frozen river, skaters can follow the trail—something Coloradans are already great at—and then warm up with some hot cocoa at the fireplaces surrounding the pathway. Skate rentals are available for the entire family ($4 each), and if your little one is just getting the hang on it, you can rent an ice skating aid ($5) for them to grasp onto as they glide along.
$6–$8; 20115 E. Mainstreet, Parker; 303-805-5980; parkerrec.com
WinterSkate in Boulder and Louisville
Whether you choose the Boulder option (located next to the Dushanbe Tea House) or opt for the ice just east at Steinbaugh Pavilion in Louisville, these northern rinks offer an old-fashioned good time for the whole family. Each location offers its own perks and ambiance—from the magical string lights above the Boulder rink to the 6,500-square-feet of ice in Louisville—and ticket sales at both spots include skate rental. Bonus: If your family starts frequenting either location, snag a punch card for 20 percent off tickets and rentals.
$4–$9; 1780 13th St., Boulder; 303-442-2826; and 824 Front St., Louisville; 303-604-1010; bceproductions.com/winterskate
Pine Valley Ranch Park
Take the scenic one-hour drive west on U.S. 285 from Denver for a skate in nature. On New Year’s Eve, officials at JeffCo Open Space declared that the ice on the lake at Pine Valley Ranch Park was thick enough to skate on. Cozy up in the warming hut—which is stocked with fire wood—to prep for your launch onto the ice. Everyone will need their own skates, and leave the sticks and pucks behind—only skating and fishing are allowed here. And remember, while the surroundings are stunning, there are no Zambonis around to clear the ice. Watch where you’re skating to avoid debris and uneven surfaces.
Free; 30400 Crystal Lake Rd., Pine; 303-271-5925; jeffco.us