Snow tubing is a must-try winter sport, bringing laughter and fun for all ages! For those who aren’t in the know, snow tubing is much like inner tubing. However, rather than surfing a water slide, lazy river or other body of water, you’re sliding in a giant donut down a slope of snow. Sounds fun, right?
Colorado offers several great locations to enjoy snow tubing in the winter months. These are the best five locations to visit in Colorado for your snow tubing adventure!
1) Colorado Adventure Park
Just an hour and a half outside of Denver, you’ll find Colorado Adventure Park. Not only does Colorado Adventure Park offer single tubes and double tubes, they also offer snow scoots, which are a mini snowmobile option. Both single tubes and double tubes are available for ages 3 and up, and the snow scoots are available for 6 years and older. The hill offers a variety of terrain to choose from, from slow and easy to fast and wild.
Colorado Adventure Park also offers a warming hut to sit in after a day of fun, with free WiFi! The magic carpet conveyor belt is available to take you up the hill, and if you get thirsty, food and beverages are available at the concessions in the warming hut…including beer and wine.
2) Tubing Hill at Copper Mountain
The well known ski resort at Copper Mountain also boasts a family-friendly activity- snow tubing. The resort is located three and a half hours west of Denver. Tubing Hill at Copper Mountain is open in the winter season from 10a-6p every day except Wednesdays. Tickets for a tubing session in the banked curves of Tubing Hill are good for 1 hour to begin on the hour. Here’s the pricing breakdown, and please note you receive a noticeable discount if you reserve on the website 24 hours in advance:
Regular Season (1 hr): $21.60 with pre-purchase, $27 walkup rate
Holiday Season (1 hr): $26.40 with pre-purchase, $33 walkup rate
Additional Hour- Reg Season: $13.50 (discount not available in holiday season)
Group Tubing- Regular Season (1 hr): $16
Group Tubing- Holiday Season (1 hr): $22
It’s important to note that all ages can participate in tubing, as long as the individual meets the 36-inch height requirement.
3) Meadows at Elk Camp
Located three and a half hours slightly southwest of Denver, Aspen Snowmass Resort features its own tubing hill. The lanes offer a lift to the top and are expertly carved. They also feature illumination for night runs when available at special events. A pass for the hill is available by purchasing an Activities Pass, which also gives access to the alpine coaster at the resort.
The hours of operation are unique, offering only two-hour windows on the activities pass. These are:
In past winter seasons during Ullr Nights, the activities pass can be used at the tubing hill from 5:30p-7:30p, and 6:30p-8:30p. Ullr Nights is a winter wonderland resort-wide party honoring Ullr, the Norse God of snow! Besides tubing, you can also enjoy live music, s’mores, hot chocolate and snowbiking.
Riders must be 38” tall to ride, and there are no double or group tubing opportunities at this location.
4) Frisco Tubing Hill
Frisco Tubing Hill is located in the Frisco Adventure Park, an hour and a half west of Denver. Possibly featuring the longest tubing tracks on this list, Frisco Tubing Hill boasts 1200 foot tubing lanes. Don’t worry, lift service is offered!
The Tubing Hill is open during the normal winter season, from November to April usually. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling or going online. Here are the rates for Frisco Tubing Hill:
Tubing Hill Regular Rate- $26/ hr
Tubing Hill Holiday Rate- $30/hr
Additional Hour (only available during regular season)- $10/hr
Please note that nominal discounts are given on all ticket prices for Summit County residents and Frisco residents. Proof of residency is required. Please also note that the lift tickets are not included in the hill rate, and an all day pass for the lift starts at $30.
5) Hidden Valley
Nearly two hours northwest of Denver near Estes Park is Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is part of Rocky Mountain National Park. It used to be a family ski area, but was redeveloped into a sledding area that is easily accessible by car.
Although there aren’t any restaurants or amenities by Hidden Valley, you will find a picnic pavilion and restrooms with flushing toilets. Bonus for the kids? A warming room to ward off the winter chill!
Because the tubing area is within Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll just have to pay park entrance fees. For a regular passenger vehicle, this is $25 for an all day pass. This is a much cheaper option than the hourly fees incurred at other locations on this list.