If you’re lucky enough to live or play on the Western Slope, you may have heard about a special place called the Grand Mesa. It’s the largest flat top mountain in the world, with hundreds of acres to explore.
A slice of wilderness that can be enjoyed all year long, though winter is a particularly special time.
You’ll find pristine forests with snow dusted trees, peaceful lakes that are ideal for ice fishing, a fun ski resort, and miles of high-quality, groomed cross-country trails. Before you go, don’t forget to consult this guide to maximizing your wintertime recreation on Colorado’s Grand Mesa.
Cross-country skiing is one of the most-loved activities to enjoy atop the Grand Mesa. This is no surprise — there are miles of trails to discover.
To learn more about the trails, the Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC) is your go-to resource. The nonprofit group grooms and maintains 31 miles of trails on the Mesa’s Skyway, County Line, and Ward trail systems:
For more information, including printable maps, trail descriptions, and where to ski with your dog, head over to the GMNC’s website here.
You’ll find Powderhorn on the northern edge of the Grand Mesa. Whether you’re a local, or just want to escape the crowds along the Front Range, a day spent here is a day well spent. The odds for a powder day are also good, since the area gets around 250 inches of light powder snow every year.
This is an excellent spot for families and beginners, too. With 70 percent of the runs geared toward beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Cross-country skiing and downhill skiing/snowboarding are among the most popular winter activities on the Grand Mesa, but there’s so much more to do: