During cold weather months, hiking doesn’t stop atop the Grand Mesa — all you need to explore its quiet, snow-covered groves is a pair of snowshoes and a thirst for adventure. Amateur and seasoned snowshoers love to hike virtually anywhere cross-country skiers explore, including the groomed GMNC trail system, as long as snowshoers walk next to — not on — the groomed Nordic trails.
Wander off on the ungroomed West Bench Trail for a cross-country trek through aspens and spruce, and amazing views of the Powderhorn Ski Area.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort also has about 10 miles of snowshoe trails, and for snowshoers looking for more, the resort is only a short drive from the vast network of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails on top of Grand Mesa.
A series of interconnected trails wind among the lakes around the resort, and the longer West Bench Trail takes skiers and snowshoers from Mesa Lakes to the top of Powderhorn. Mesa Lakes Lodge also rents cross-country and snowshoe equipment, as well as snowmobiles. (Although snowmobiles aren't allowed in the skiing and snowshoeing areas, the resort grooms a snowmobile trail to the top of Grand Mesa, where snowmobilers can find miles of fun).