Snowshoeing is the perfect way for adults and kids of all ages to enjoy the snow. It’s similar to hiking, but set in the snow! Accordingly, if you can hike, then you can snowshoe. Go at your own pace, and enjoy the spectacular view. There are plenty of groomed trails geared towards snowshoeing, but the activity is great for any place with snow. Book a stay at a vacation rental tucked away in a snowy region to begin your snowshoeing adventure! Check out the top cities and towns across the country that are ideal for snowshoeing.
1. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley has long been a favorite getaway for celebrities, but don’t worry; it’s accessible to us regular folk too. The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center has an incredibly maintained trail system. Plus, the scenery is out of this world. Check out the White Cloud trail system for 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains. Forgot your gear? Both ski and snowshoe equipment for the whole family is available for rent.
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2. Park City, Utah
Conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Salt Lake City, Park City offers hundreds of miles of trails, taking you through aspen and evergreen forests. A lot of trails are groomed by the Mountain Trails Foundation with snowshoeing in mind, so strap on some shoes and get out there!
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3. Mt. Rose Peak, Nevada
Mt. Rose is one of the most prominent mountains in the Carson Range. This extinct volcano offers a 10-mile, all-day snowshoe hike. It’s a bit challenging, but the final reward is worth it. The top of the mountain will grant you with a stunning panoramic view of Lake Tahoe. At the end of the day, head down to Incline Village where there are tons of vacation rentals and dining options right near the lake.
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4. Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is not only one of the most beautiful parks in California, but in the entire country. With its stunning granite rocks and mountain faces, Yosemite is a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and the park is always open to these activities in the winter. Don’t miss some of Yosemite’s most magnificent rock formations like Half Dome and Clouds Rest.
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5. Mt. Rainier, Washington
Mt. Rainier is one of the most prominent single mountains in the entire United States, and it has snowshoeing trails for all abilities. You’ll also encounter some of the most breathtaking glaciers that you find south of Alaska. We recommend hiking to Reflection and Louise Lakes where you’ll find great views of the mountain and surrounding Tatoosh Range.
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6. Sugarloaf Resort, Maine
Sugarloaf is well-known for its downhill ski area, but it also has the state’s largest Nordic center with a lodge dedicated for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. There are over 50 miles of trails, equipment rentals, and discounts for afternoon trail passes. If you want to try something different, the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center also has an NHL sized ice-skating rink as well as family-friendly events throughout the entire season.
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7. Sandia Crest, New Mexico
New Mexico is often overlooked when thinking about snowshoeing destinations, but the state actually gets an impressive amount of snow. Not far from Albuquerque, you’ll find a variety of snowshoeing trails of different lengths and skill levels in the Sandia Mountains. For a full day of fun, take the air tram to Sandia Crest and snowshoe back down the mountain base.
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8. Black Hills, South Dakota
The Black Hills are popular during the summer months for seeing Mount Rushmore, but it’s an incredibly fun place to snowshoe during the winter. Custer State Park has thousands of acres of wide-open land full of buffalo, elk, and other wildlife. The snowshoe trail that should be at the top of your list is the Centennial Trail beginning at Bear Butte Lake and heading towards Wind Cave National Park.
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9. Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek is about 100 miles from Denver and is a perfect destination for snowshoers. We recommend McCoy Park, which has almost 20 miles of trails and stunning mountain views. It’s considered to be one of Beaver Creek’s best-kept secrets. Access the trails using the Strawberry Park Lift – Chair 12 at the Beaver Creek Resort. The Nordic Sports Center has a complete rental shop with classical, skate, telemark, and snowshoe equipment rentals as well as daily scheduled and private lessons and tours.
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10. Lake Tahoe, California
Explore Tahoe’s backcountry on one of Tahoe South’s many trails ranging from flat and easy to steep and strenuous. There are flat areas at Pope, Kiva, and Baldwin Beaches. For views that are second to none, try the more challenging hike up to South Maggie’s Peak via the Bayview Trailhead with roughly 2,000 feet of elevation gain. On the north side of Lake Tahoe, Northstar California Resort has over 20 miles of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Take the gondola to the mid-mountain trailheads so you don’t have to hike all the way up. The resort also offers special stargazing and moonlight tours with an astronomer-poet!
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