Colorado is one fit state. The only state in the U.S. with an obesity rate of less than 20%, it appears regularly on lists of fittest and most outdoorsy places in the country. Not surprisingly the dating scene in Colorado is notably rugged. If you’re trying to win a date in the Centennial State, plan something outside and active. Especially in the winter, the options for romantic mountain daytrips are many. Here are a few ideas:
1) Ice Skating at Evergreen Lake
Named one of the top ten ice skating lakes in the U.S. by Sunset magazine, Evergreen Lake provides a picturesque spot to glide around on ice while holding hands with your sweetheart. Have your camera ready for romantic photo ops in every direction: the ice with a mountain horizon, the cozy log cabin lake house, the cozy fireplace inside. Or stage an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindmoment capturing the fissures and textures of the ice by laying face-up on it and having a photo of the two of you taken from directly above.
2) Snow tubing at Colorado Adventure Park in Fraser
Get a kick of adrenaline with your date at Colorado Adventure Center, where you can rent inflatable tubes and freefall down a hill. Stick together by holding on to each other’s handles or opting for a tandem tube. If you skip the green and blue rated hills and go directly to the steepest black diamond run, you’ll find out in broad daylight just how brave your match is.
3) Snowshoeing to Brainard Lake near Nederland
Brainard Lake Recreation Area’s popularity as a Nordic ski and snowshoe destination is well merited. In close proximity to Denver and Boulder, it makes for a fun daytrip without too much time in the car. One you’ve reached the parking lot, the paths are well marked with signage. The highlight is reaching Brainard Lake, which opens up as a great white expanse with a fantastic alpine backdrop. Note: also an ideal spot for a first kiss.
4) Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er
For exceptionally fit, well-equipped and experienced mountain men and women (not too hard to find in Colorado), take your budding romance to new heights on a winter ascent of a Colorado 14er. Trails to the peaks of Colorado’s many mountains that reach at least 14,000 feet of altitude are open year-round, and they’re much less populated during the winter months. Recommended beginner peak: Mt. Bierstadt. Check the weather carefully, opt for a summit within your ability level, dress appropriately, and you and your crush may find yourselves having a surreal moment alone together on what feels like the top of the world.
5) Ice Castles and Hot Springs in Steamboat
For less walking and more sightseeing and soaking, head to Steamboat Springs. This year, the ice castle exhibition has moved from Silverthorne to Steamboat. For this fantastic display, a team of ice artists have been working for months to shape spires and structures that will transport visitors into a fantasyland of frozen water. Stay a night in Steamboat to justify the drive, see the castles illuminated in the dark, and sneak away to the hot springs of Strawberry Park.
After you are done with your fun and outdoorsy date, end your day in one of the romantic luxury vacation rentals available all over Colorado.