Nighttime snowshoeing offered at annual Full Moon Open House in Gould

Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites the public to the snow-covered winter woods at State Forest State Park for two Full Moon Open House events, Saturday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 15.

Arrive at the park before dusk, and once the moon rises, enjoy a unique, nocturnal winter experience snowshoeing or cross-country skiing the six-mile Gould Loop that starts at the park’s Moose Visitor Center on Colorado 14, 75 miles west of Fort Collins or 25 miles east of Walden. Everyone is encouraged to bring a snow buddy along for a fun evening.

“The route will be studded with glow sticks to guide skiers and snowshoers,” Park Manager Kent Minor said. “Along with the glow-in-the-dark jewelry that we provide, it creates a neat, almost mystical visual experience for participants.”

State Forest State Park will provide hot chocolate and cookies along the trail at the Chocolate Cabin. In addition, visitors are invited to bring food for the potluck at the Moose Visitor Center after the evening’s trek.

Participants are reminded to bring all necessary equipment and dress for winter conditions. For info call 970-723-8366.

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