Top 5: Low-Key March Adventures in NoCo

Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge
Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge. Photo courtesy of Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge Facebook page.

 

Hike | Rocky Mountain National Park

Can you really go to Colorado and not go for a hike? Located just outside of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-visit for anyone this month. Aim for an early start to avoid traffic, and hopefully have a slice of the beauty all to yourself. First timer? Head to Bear Lake trailhead for a variety of hike distances to some great views, including Bear Lake Loop, Dream Lake, Lake Haiyaha, or for a longer excursion, Sky Pond. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have a great day in nature. A day pass for Rocky costs $25; if you’re looking to make this a more routine outing, grab an annual pass for $70, and skip the lines next time. Snowshoes, hiking poles, water and layers are recommended for hikes in March.

Bike | Weld County Waltz  

Roll with a bunch of cyclists on March 24 for a free ride to Weld County and back at the Weld County Waltz, a part of the Winter Ralleye series hosted by Kelpie Cycles. Held each winter, the Winter Ralleye series is a monthly gravel/dirt ride in a variety of distances around Fort Collins. Rides are casual, fun and full of new friends on two wheels. The Waltz rolls out at 7:30 a.m. from Bean Cycle Roasters for 50-85 miles of some beautiful dirt roads of Weld County. Riders will stop in Pierce for food and drinks before ending the ride at Road 34. To learn more visit http://kelpiecycles.com.

Run | Local Road Races

Running can be fun, right? Or maybe it’s the beer you usually get afterward — and the snacks. Either way, this March, lace up your shoes, grab a buddy and head out for a fun run put on by some great local organizations. On March 16, Partners Mentoring Youth will host their Sharin’ O’ the Green 5k to benefit their mission of enriching lives and building community as leaders in youth mentoring. Learn more and register here. Another great race to add to the calendar is the Equinox Half Marathon and four-miler on March 24. Each race distance starts and ends at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and is run on a mix of paved and dirt county roads. Sign-up for the run and stay for the after party. To learn more, visit http://equinoxhalfmarathon.com.

Sharin’ O’ the Green 5k
Sharin’ O’ the Green 5k. Photo courtesy of Sharin’ O’ the Green 5k website.

Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge

Outdoor fun where you don’t even have to leave your couch? Sign us up! Hosted by the Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, the Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge is held from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 23. Teams of two to six are encouraged to make a slouch (couch plus sled) and race like no one is watching (even though they definitely will be). Stay for the polar plunge to make the day complete. For more info or to submit your team, email info@beavermeadows.com. Sorry, no cats allowed. Scaredy cats are highly encouraged, though.

Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge
Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge. Photo courtesy of Couch Sled Race and Polar Plunge Facebook page.

 

Snowshoeing | Cameron Pass

Get off the grid for a day or two and head up to Cameron Pass this month for some snowshoeing! An all-levels, easy-to-learn activity, snowshoeing is a great workout and is a fantastic way to see some epic views. First time snowshoeing? Head to REI or JAX in Fort Collins or Mountain Rentals Inc. in Loveland to rent some snowshoes for the day or weekend, grab your favorite outdoor buddy and head out. While there are a lot of places to explore in Cameron Pass, our favorites are the Big South Trail (No. 944) and Long Draw Road. We recommend layering up and bringing plenty of water; you’re sure to work up a sweat!

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Laura Smith is a freelance writer, communications professional and events coordinator. Originally from Nebraska, she moved west for more adventures and more stories. When she isn't writing she can be found running, biking, hiking or at a local brewery.

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