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Making the Most of Your Winter by Visiting the Rocky Mountain Region


Photo courtesy of Winding River Resort

Photo courtesy of Winding River Resort

Photo courtesy of Jellystone at Larkspur

Photo courtesy of Winding River Resort

Families seeking unique winter camping experiences in the Rocky Mountains may want to consider Winding River Resort in Grand Lake, Colo., which offers horse drawn sleigh rides as well as snowmobile rentals.

“We’re doing sleigh rides daily at this time of year,” said park operator Wes House. “We offer a party sleigh that holds up to 20, a family sleigh that holds up to six, and private sleigh rides for couples.”

Winding River Resort also has 70 snowmobile rentals, which can be rented to anyone with a driver’s license. “We border a trail system with over 130 miles of groomed snowmobile trails,” House said.

While Winding River Resort’s campsites are buried in snow at this time of year, the 8,800-foot park has heated rental cabins with bathrooms and kitchens.

Other unique parks in the greater Rocky Mountain area include the Terry Bison Ranch Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo., which offers 45-minute train rides that take visitors to see the ranch’s bison herd.

“We have about 60 bison,” said operations manager Nichelle Behrendt, adding that ranch guests are also given opportunities to feed the bison.

Terry Bison Ranch Resort has RV sites as well as site-built and park model cabin rentals, which are available throughout the winter months. The resort also has a restaurant and bar, The Senator Steakhouse and Brass Buffalo Saloon, with burgers, salads and other unique dishes, including Rocky Mountain Oysters, buffalo burgers and bison meatball subs.

Several Rocky Mountain campgrounds also accommodate downhill and cross-country ski enthusiasts, including Tiger Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colo.

The resort, which includes RV sites as well as park model cabin rentals, often serves as a base camp for visitors who go to ski resorts in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek.

Snowmobile, snow shoe and ice fishing enthusiasts also frequent Muddy Creek Cabins in Kremmling, Colo. The park has 10 rental cabins, each of which is equipped with bathrooms, kitchens and gas fireplaces.

Denver area residents also enjoy visiting Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Larkspur, Colo., which offers cabin and park model rental accommodations as well as yurts. Onsite activities include sledding, ice skating and disc golf. The campground also has goats, which children can feed and interact with.

“Over Christmas vacation we did a cozy Christmas with hay rides and sleigh rides,” said park co-owner Ian Steyn.

Meanwhile, Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colo. is open through the winter months, offering a base camp for RV enthusiasts who are eager to participate in nearby winter activities. “We have a ski package with Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Dog sledding, cross-country skiing, and sledding are all easily accessible from our campground,” said park owner Mari Garland.

Junction West RV Park is also promoting sleigh rides offered by Aspen Carriage and Sleigh in Aspen. “We will make reservations for a private ride on behalf of our customers by request.  It is about a 2 hour drive from Junction West to the trailhead for the sleigh rides in Aspen,” Garland said, adding that her park also offers winter wine tastings.

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