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Best Road Trips to Take This Month

As autumn turns to winter here in Denver, Lakehouse is the perfect starting point for a number of fresh adventures. While our Sloan’s Lake community offers plenty of gorgeous fall foliage and quick access to nearby outdoor activities, even more opportunities for winter sports and sightseeing beckon just a few hours away. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick outing or a weekend escape, find inspiration in our list of the eight best road trips to take this month.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Located a little less than four hours from Lakehouse, Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest dunes in North America. Come experience the park’s incredibly diverse landscape including grasslands, tundra, forests, wetlands and pristine alpine lakes. From sledding and horseback riding to fishing and hiking, the dunes offer unlimited activities for a jam-packed day of outdoor fun. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

Rocky Mountain National Park

Ready to take in Colorado’s vibrant autumn beauty? We can’t think of a more perfect excursion than the Rocky Mountain National Park, located less than two hours from Lakehouse. With golden leaves and glistening creeks everywhere you look, Rocky Mountain offers a magical experience during the fall and winter months. With extensive trails and diverse landscapes for hiking, the park has unlimited access to breathtaking spots and captivating views of untouched landscapes. (Photo courtesy of Sunset Magazine)

Sapphire Point Overlook

The enthralling views at Sapphire Point Overlook are an absolute must-see. Nestled between Keystone and Breckenridge about two hours from Lakehouse, the lookout offers a perfect view of the expansive, sparkling Dillon reservoir. Snap some pictures for your Instagram or spend a relaxing day taking in the fresh mountain air and simply enjoying the view. Whether you spend the day or just stop to take a look, the Sapphire Point Lookout is sure to take your breath away. (Photo courtesy of Leah Goetzel)

Winter Park Ski Resort 

Winter Park Ski Resort in Winter Park is only a 90-minute drive from Lakehouse and offers three distinct peaks made for picture-perfect carving. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, these peaks encompass optimal options for beginners, including practice areas and wide, easy-to-navigate runs. And—in case you needed another reason to head to the mountain—Winter Park Ski Resort will be donating proceeds from its uphill skiing sales to three nonprofits this season. (Photo courtesy of The Denver Post)


Vail Ski Resort

Located just an hour and 40 minutes west of Lakehouse, Vail Ski Resort is the third-largest single mountain ski resort in the United States. Set over 5,300 acres, this world-famous winter sport destination offers seemingly endless trails and ski runs to explore. (Photo courtesy of Town and Country Magazine)


Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook is a lesser-known gem in Buena Vista, about two hours from Lakehouse. Here, you’ll find an enchanting panoramic view of the Collegiate Peaks. The surrounding area is worth a day trip in itself, with art galleries, museums, a fun downtown area, rock climbing and hiking trails. (Photo courtesy of Colorado Guy)