Our hope is that local families can weave outdoor experiences in to the fabric of their lives. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing allow kids and families to stay active throughout the winter months. Don’t have the gear? Families can borrow skis from the Nature Connection each winter and check out snowshoes through our partnership with the Cedaredge Library.
COUNTY LINE TRAILS
The best beginner cross country skiing in the region can be found up Hwy. 65 past Cedaredge! We start many of our kids and family programs at County Line Trailhead because this one of the more beginner-friendly spots.
*Please do not walk directly on trails. Use XC skis or snowshoes. Snowshoe users should try and stay off the skier “tracks” and instead use the edge of groom trails.*
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC) grooms and maintains a total of 19 miles of groomed trails accessed from County Line Trailhead and Skyway Trailhead. More information can be found on the GMNC website. While open to the public, grooming and maintenance is made possible by membership fees and donations. We encourage families to become members to ensure that the Nordic Council can continue to support this jewel for our community.
PAONIA STEVENS GULCH TRAILHEAD
Many locals frequent the Stevens Gulch Trailhead outside of Paonia for a quick way to recreate in the winter. Most people ski or snowshoe up and back on the road which is groomed and maintained by the North Fork Snowmobile Club.
Please be advised that this is a “shared-use” winter area with snowmobiles, skiers and snowshoers all using the same trailhead and routes. Stevens Gulch road may occasionally have logging activity. For this reason it is very important that users park in designated trailhead parking and observe all closure signs.
Colorado Trail Explorer
Download the CO-Trex App on your phone to access easy to follow maps- even without cell service! The Nature Connection continues to add suggested routes for adventures in all seasons. Visit: trails.colorado.gov or search for COTREX where you download apps.