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    Sterling Ranch is a unique master-planned community situated at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. When you live here, you can expect views for days, magnificent weather (more than 300 days of sunshine per year!) and a variety of exhilarating outdoor activities . . . no matter the season.

    Winter is coming — how do you plan to spend the cool, sunny months ahead? For many Coloradans, downhill and cross country skiing are perennial favorites. At Sterling Ranch, we are fortunate to live within a 90-minute drive to some of the world’s best ski resorts — Winter Park and Vail are just a day trip away. But skiing is just the start . . .

    Winter adventures within an hour of Sterling Ranch

    There are so many nearby outdoor winter activities available to Sterling Ranch residents, dare to think beyond the slopes! Here’s an eclectic list that will inspire a fun-filled season of winter adventures, all within an hour of Sterling Ranch:

    Delight in a wagon hay ride at Chatfield State Park

    Enjoy a wagon hay ride at the Chatfield Stables — located on the south side of Chatfield State Park, right off of Titan Road — just a stone’s skip away from our very own Sterling Center. Reserve a ride on the company’s website, grab a hot apple cider, bundle up and enjoy some family fun while taking in the beautiful scenery.

    Snowshoe at Roxborough State Park

    Imagine plowing through fresh piles of snow, laughing with your family and friends and stopping often to admire yet another breathtaking view. This is snowshoeing at its finest. With the Colorado State Parks pass* provided to every home at Sterling Ranch, residents have access to wonderful snowshoe-designated trails at nearby Roxborough State Park. Remember to bring your camera and capture the fun!

    Ice fish on Chatfield Lake

    Chatfield Lake is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy ice fishing. Here, you can catch walleye, rainbow trout and other local fish. Check the Chatfield State Park website’s park conditions page before visiting. First time fishing or going out on ice? Here’s an informative ice fishing article to get you prepared. Enjoy the serenity!

    Ice skate at Evergreen Lake

    The rink at Evergreen Lake is one of the largest outdoor skating rinks in North America — and it’s located less than 45 minutes from Sterling Ranch. Enjoy the quaint town of Evergreen with mountain views all around. Then lace up your skates and let the fun begin! This year, tickets for specific time slots will be sold in advance, so be sure to make a reservation prior to arriving.

    Soak in the Indian Hot Springs

    Bring your bathing suit, your coziest robe, a hat, some slippers and a smile! The Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs are just 45 minutes from Sterling Ranch — and totally worth the trip. The healing waters and relaxation that follows are the reasons this activity tops “local favorites” lists year after year. Want more? Make a weekend of it and drive to the Hot Sulphur Springs near Granby or head south to explore the various hot springs surrounding the Salida area.

    Snowmobile in Winter Park

    Looking for an adrenaline rush? Snowmobiling will surely satisfy! Our favorite thing about experiencing this activity in Winter Park is its proximity to the spectacular Continental Divide. Visit the Winter Park website for more information or to reserve a tour.

    Enjoy an authentic Colorado lifestyle

    The Colorado lifestyle you hear so much about is easy to access when you live in Sterling Ranch. And the fun is boundless year-round — even in winter, residents find plenty to do outdoors. We would be honored to have you visit our amazing community and find the perfect home for your family. With a number of quick move-in options available, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy winter in all its glory.