Ski and Climb on the Continental Divide
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park boasts one of the summer's best hiking trail systems with more than 350 miles over some of the tallest peaks in the country. With more than 60 mountains with summits reaching more than 12,000 feet, this is also the place to be for majestic winter mountain vistas. Take the opportunity to cross-country ski the Continental Divide and brush up on your ice climbing skills. The park's granite and ice faces, such as the popular Hidden Falls, are renowned as some of the best climbing venues in North America. Overnight backcountry camping permits are free, and Longs Peak, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek, have campgrounds open all year long.
Fly: Land in Denver and take your rental car the 90 minutes to Estes Park, or take one of the four daily shuttles.
Stay: If you're not camping in the backcountry, the clean, reliable Rocky Mountain Park Inn has rooms starting at $85 per night. [rockymountainparkinn.com]