This is an awesome family adventure where you can snowshoe, skate ski, and cross-country ski out in nature and along beautiful Silver Lake.

The River Ranch Loop trail is a great snowshoe trail for families or beginners, since it has relatively few small hills. The trail runs for about 2.5 miles. There are also multiple state cabins/houses along the trail, including the Jones House, where you can take a break and warm up inside by the fire with some hot chocolate.

There is occasional wildlife along the trail, which may include coyotes, moose, elk, and deer.

About the Trailheads: Trailheads are marked with blue diamonds, and there is a map at each intersection. 

Directions: Take US 20 north past Ashton for about 18 miles and turn left toward 167/Green Canyon Rd for .3 miles. Then continue on 167/Green Canyon Rd as it turns for another .2 miles. Turn right at the sign and go .1 miles.  

Trailhead Directions to River Ranch Loop: Make sure to grab a map from the ranger station. Park in the parking lot near Silver Lake. Walk along Silver Lake for a little over a mile and turn right where Silver Lake ends, and there's a sign for the Ranch Loop. Walk for another .4 miles and turn right where you will see the Railroad Ranch and Key Buildings. Continue past the buildings on your way back for another half a mile until reaching  your vehicle.

 

Pack List

  • Gloves
  • Snow boots
  • Warm coat
  • Beanie
  • Water
  • Snowshoes
  • Wool socks
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 20 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Snowshoeing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Winter
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Wildlife

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