St. Mary’s Glacier outside Idaho Springs, CO

St. Mary’s Glacier is a great family hike. With it being just outside Denver on Fall River Rd you can make it an afternoon trip or take a lunch and spend the day exploring. Nestled in the mountains in Idaho Springs, weather at St. Mary’s Glacier can be very unpredictable. Make sure to check the weather for that specific area as it can be very different than the weather on I-70. There are two pay parking lots ($5 per vehicle) to park at once you reach the trail head. The parking lots are located at the north and the south ends of the trail heads. Each parking lot has an outhouse. Good shoes are a must for this hike. It is a moderatly rocky 3/4 of a mile hike. Make sure to take water as well as you are much higher in elevation.

St. Mary’s Glacier view’s are worth the hike!

St. Mary's Glacier

Hiking with dogs at St. Mary's GlacierOur dogs love this hike. They get lots of exercise and enjoy sliding down St. Mary’s Glacier.

Snowy hike to St. Mary's GlacierThe St. Mary’s Glacier trail can be enjoyed all year. Hiking, snowshoeing and even backcountry skiing. It looks pretty, but be aware of weather conditions!

Winter storm at St. Mary's GlacierIt was just as cold and windy as it looks.

Views from St. Mary's GlacierA little extra hiking provides great views.

Thawing lake at St. Mary's Glacier

The whole family is sure to enjoy the view at St. Mary’s Glacier. Make sure to bring a sled or something to slide down the glacier on. After a fun day of hiking around St. Mary’s Glacier, don’t miss the opportunity to Idaho Springs to enjoy a cold one and some hand-crafted mac’n cheese at Tommy Knockers Brewery!

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