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11 Parks, Secret Gardens and Green Spaces in Ski Country

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Ski country is pretty much synonymous with the outdoors. There's no shortage of National Parks, forests, monuments and other public lands surrounding ski towns, but there's also plenty of parks and open spaces in town for quick doses of the outdoors. Relax with a book, take a long lunch, host a picnic. Take advantage of some of these special places set aside for plein air enjoyment. To give you the inside skinny on where the locals hang out and maybe get off the beaten path a little, we've mapped some of the best parks and green spaces in ski country.


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Sunset Rock

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Sunset Rock is a small, scenic park located in Stowe's historic village. Reach it by the Sunset Trail from Stowe Village.

Lionshead Village

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This spot in Lionshead Village is a blend of high art and whimsy. Three large nests made of wood, a stainless steel mesh fabric, and other non-toxic materials are interconnected with standard playground features, including a climbing wall, slide, and bridges. At night, the structures transform into art installations, with LED light beams shining from each center steel post.

Triangle Park

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Set in a quiet, residential section of downtown Aspen, Triangle Park charms with plenty of green space and an adorable playground perfect for kids 5 and under. With a sturdy picnic table and a manicured feel, this Aspen gem is our pick to avoid the touristy crowds that overwhelm Aspen during summer festivals.

Totem Pole Park

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A slice of green space along Coal Creek, Totem Pole Park really does have a totem pole. Relax on the grass or some of the picnic tables.

Snake Island Park

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Snake Island sits in the middle of the Yampa River just south of downtown Steamboat Springs. Where the Yampa River Core Trail cross the island, there are a couple gazebos, some tables and benches along the edges of the island. Horses also are sometimes pastured on the south tip of the island.

Town Park

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This Telluride beauty on the east side of town is no secret, but we just love the jaw-dropping views and great amenities found in Town Park. A huge list of amenities includes a kid's fishing pond, toddler playground, horse shoe pit, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf, sand volleyball court, skate park, bike pump track, and sledding hill.

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This little pocket park is right off a town path with easy access to Flat Creek. It's location makes it a nice, quit space to kick back and relax.

Rotary Park

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Everyone knows City Park, but how many have checked out the much more private Rotary Park tucked into a Park City neighborhood. There's not much parking at the entrance, so you might want reach it by bike.

Lakeview Park

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Lakeview is a pretty good-sized park, with plenty of amenities, including a native plant arboretum maintained by the maintained by the North Idaho Native Plant Society.

Burton Creek State Park

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Locals call this Lake Tahoe's secret state park, as it remains largely undiscovered despite a plethora of gorgeous meadows and forests. Bring a lunch and take a hike in this undiscovered beauty.

Blueberry Park

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Blueberry Park is a forested area along Whistler's Alta Lake. You might not recognize it as a park if it weren't for the trail running to three secluded piers.

Sunset Rock

Sunset Rock is a small, scenic park located in Stowe's historic village. Reach it by the Sunset Trail from Stowe Village.

Lionshead Village

This spot in Lionshead Village is a blend of high art and whimsy. Three large nests made of wood, a stainless steel mesh fabric, and other non-toxic materials are interconnected with standard playground features, including a climbing wall, slide, and bridges. At night, the structures transform into art installations, with LED light beams shining from each center steel post.

Triangle Park

Set in a quiet, residential section of downtown Aspen, Triangle Park charms with plenty of green space and an adorable playground perfect for kids 5 and under. With a sturdy picnic table and a manicured feel, this Aspen gem is our pick to avoid the touristy crowds that overwhelm Aspen during summer festivals.

Totem Pole Park

A slice of green space along Coal Creek, Totem Pole Park really does have a totem pole. Relax on the grass or some of the picnic tables.

Snake Island Park

Snake Island sits in the middle of the Yampa River just south of downtown Steamboat Springs. Where the Yampa River Core Trail cross the island, there are a couple gazebos, some tables and benches along the edges of the island. Horses also are sometimes pastured on the south tip of the island.

Town Park

This Telluride beauty on the east side of town is no secret, but we just love the jaw-dropping views and great amenities found in Town Park. A huge list of amenities includes a kid's fishing pond, toddler playground, horse shoe pit, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf, sand volleyball court, skate park, bike pump track, and sledding hill.

Russ Garaman

This little pocket park is right off a town path with easy access to Flat Creek. It's location makes it a nice, quit space to kick back and relax.

Rotary Park

Everyone knows City Park, but how many have checked out the much more private Rotary Park tucked into a Park City neighborhood. There's not much parking at the entrance, so you might want reach it by bike.

Lakeview Park

Lakeview is a pretty good-sized park, with plenty of amenities, including a native plant arboretum maintained by the maintained by the North Idaho Native Plant Society.

Burton Creek State Park

Locals call this Lake Tahoe's secret state park, as it remains largely undiscovered despite a plethora of gorgeous meadows and forests. Bring a lunch and take a hike in this undiscovered beauty.

Blueberry Park

Blueberry Park is a forested area along Whistler's Alta Lake. You might not recognize it as a park if it weren't for the trail running to three secluded piers.