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Outdoor Winter Fun in Loveland, Colorado

It may not officially be winter yet, that happens on December 21, but the snow is falling in Northern Colorado.

Loveland has an average December temperature of 43 degrees, and that’s fine weather for all sorts of outdoor activities. Whether the snow is falling or not, there are lots of wintry fun to be had in Loveland, Colorado.

Devil's Backbone, photo by Nathan Timmons
Devil’s Backbone, photo by Nathan Timmons

If there’s a fresh layer of snow on the ground, consider a snowshoe outing at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, just west of town. The “backbone” is a significant and well-known geological landmark in Northern Colorado, and the most prominent features of this picturesque destination.

Devil's Backbone, Photo by Amber Duffy
Devil’s Backbone, Photo by Amber Duffy

This destination includes 12 miles of trail that connect Devil’s Backbone to Rimrock Open Space and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (both to the north). Whether you’re looking for a short stroll or a heart pumping outing on snowshoes or a mountain bike, Devil’s Backbone is great at any time of year, but extra surreal when blanketed in new snow.

The Ice Rink at the Promenade Shops at Centerra is a wonderful way to spend a snowy or sunny afternoon in Loveland. Located in the Main Plaza across from Dick’s Sporting Goods, you can’t miss this charming winter attraction.

Outdoor Winter Fun in Loveland, Colorado
Photo courtesy of The Promenade Shops at Centerra.

Just $7 for children 12 and under, this is an affordable way to spend an afternoon. Admission includes complimentary skates, helmet and skate supporter/trainer (for the youngest skaters). Save even more by booking 10 child passes for just $56.

Enjoy free skate days with the Colorado Eagles hockey team  at the Ice Rink at the Promenade Shops at Centerra on January 18 and 31, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. The ice rink is open through February 26, 2017.

If the snow is falling, or predicted to fall, one of the most beautiful places to take a stroll is Benson Sculpture Garden. Located near Lake Loveland, this 10 acre park is a serene destination at any time of year.

Benson Sculpture Garden, Photo by Coresthetic Daily
Benson Sculpture Garden, Photo by Coresthetic Daily

Established in 1985, and home to the prestigious Sculpture in the Park event that happens every summer, the park includes handicap accessible sidewalks, a public restroom and several picnic areas.

However, people come here for the sculptures. There are 154 sculptures by world renowned artists on permanent display at Benson Sculpture Garden. There’s something for everyone including a bronze alligator for the kids to pose on and more modern pieces for adults to contemplate.

Benson Sculpture Garden, photo by Coresthetic Daily
Benson Sculpture Garden, photo by Coresthetic Daily

A cherished part of Loveland’s landscape, Benson Sculpture Garden shouldn’t be missed by anyone visiting Loveland whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.

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