In the depths of winter, Colorado's lakes can prove to be an irresistible lure for would-be ice skaters, ice fishermen, and ice cutters, as depicted in this photo captured by W. S. Edwards in 1911. Unfortunately, not every body of water in Colorado offers as forgiving a layer of ice as this one in Paonia.
Thanks to Colorado's fluctuating temperatures, especially on the plains, most ice-covered surfaces are barely thick enough to support a child or small animal, let alone a horse and several men.
Of course plenty of Coloradans enjoy ice sports such as ice fishing and ice skating, but the window of opportunity for these activities is pretty narrow in most places.
So we urge our readers to exercise extreme caution when approaching ice covered water, even on the coldest days. The Mile-High City is a great place for all kinds of winter sports, but outdoor ice skating on a natural surface is definitely not one of them.
I believe Evergreen Lake, close to Denver, has ice skating on its natural surface.
You are correct, WRT. It is maintained by the Evergreen Park & Recreation District, and is closed to skaters based on weather and ice conditions.
Hi There - You're right about skating at Evergreen Lake. That is definitely one of those places that gets cold enough, and stays cold enough, to actually support skaters. Thanks for reading and commenting!