Free Guided Tours

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We offer a number of different free educational guided tours to be enjoyed by the public. With the exception of our members-only hikes, all of these educational offerings are free and open to the public.

During winter, we offer both guided snowshoe tours and Ski With a Ranger tours.

In the summer, we offer guided hikes and auto tours around the county covering a variety of topics.


Learn While You Turn

FDRD is proud to partner with Vail Resorts’ Breckenridge and Keystone, as well as Copper Mountain Resort and Arapahoe Basin to provide free, on-hill cultural and natural history tours from January through March. Our trained Ski Rangers lead participants down a beginner or intermediate ski run, stopping periodically to discuss topics from local flora and fauna to geography and history and answering questions. These one-hour tours require participants to have a valid lift ticket or pass, intermediate skiing or riding ability, and a desire to learn — no pre-registration required.

Bring your family and friends to learn while you turn on these free, unique mountain tours.

Video courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

What People Have to Say About the Tour

“Even as a local, I have totally enjoyed learning more about the history and mountain animals on the Ski with a Ranger tour in Breckenridge. And in the summer I got to go on a Guided Hike at Copper Mountain. Always fun!”

Abi Adams

Guided Winter Snowshoe Hikes

Educational Hikes continue throughout the winter on snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Proper winter attire is required, (i.e. jacket, snow pants, snow boots, hat, mittens). Snowshoes are available for use upon request.

*Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian on educational snowshoe tours.*

Check out the full list of 2023 – 2024 hikes on the calendar.

Hike With A Ranger

Hike with a ranger at Copper Mountain every Sunday this summer through September 3rd! Join FDRD volunteers at Copper Mountain for a guided nature hike in Copper’s beautiful high alpine environment. The hike will include a scenic chairlift ride on the Woodward Express Lift followed by a hike down the Chickaree Way Trail.

Space is limited — sign up today!

*Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian on ranger tours.*

Guided Summer Hikes & Tours

Year round we offer free, guided educational tours led by experts on a number of different topics. Take in the beautiful sites of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, while expanding your brain. To see the current offerings and to sign up, visit our calendar page. Once you sign up, information on what to bring and where to meet will be sent to your email.

*Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian on all educational tours*

Hike & Tour Topics

  • Mining History
  • Geology
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife
  • Hydrology
  • Wild Edibles
  • Wildflowers
  • Birds of Prey
  • Mushrooms

Hike & Tour Schedule

Check our current schedule on the Calendar page.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about educational hikes or have topic suggestions, please contact Education & Youth Program Manager, Maddie Retrosi at